Graeme Le Saux: Claudio Ranieri is a ‘ruthless football manager’

first_imgGraeme Le Saux insists Claudio Ranieri’s jovial manner is all a front for a man who is actually a ‘ruthless football manager’.The Italian’s Leicester team need three points from their last three matches to land the title and complete their astonishing transformation from relegation favourites to champions.Yet few took the 64-year-old seriously when he was appointed last summer, and his manner in public is of a man who is not taking the Foxes’ title charge too seriously.However, Le Saux – who worked under the Italian at Chelsea – insists Ranieri’s eccentric manner is merely a front for a ‘ruthless’ man willing to do all he needs to do to win.“That’s all veneer, don’t be fooled, that’s part design,” the former defender said.“He’s a very shrewd operator and he wouldn’t shirk a big decision. Behind the smile there’s a ruthless football manager, a guy who is happy to make big decisions.“At Leicester he hasn’t had to, the team picks itself. He’s not had to deal with dropping big names and moving people on. Once he’s established his team and his shape, he’s been the polar opposite to what we were calling him, the Tinkerman.”The ‘Tinkerman’ nickname came around when Ranieri was in charge at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian refusing to settle on a best XI, and often making strange subsitutions in games which costs positive results.On this subject, Le Saux added: “Did he tinker too much? Yes, and it’s frustrating as a player when you work on a system all week and on the day of the game he changes it. But that’s not a criticism of who he is now“When he took over I wasn’t prepared to bring those flaws out because it was 12 years since I worked with him, so I thought ‘give him a chance’, and obviously I won’t be the one wearing my pants on a TV show any time soon.” Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri 1last_img

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