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The 11 best quotes about Claudio Ranieri’s appointment that prove nobody knows anything about football

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Nobody could have predicted it.

Even the lucky punters that bet on Leicester to win the league at the start of the season only did it for a laugh.

Claudio Ranieri’s masterminding of this truly remarkable title win has proved his doubters wrong.

And boy did he have some serious doubters…

1 Phil Thompson on Sky Sports

“They should really have signed his agent. He got all those jobs for him! I may be quite wrong, but I don’t think he’s ever won anything.”

2 Robbie Savage on BBC

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“Ranieri, good manager but for me not Leicester. If you play for the Foxes you need someone you can relate to as a manager. O’Neill, Pearson are managers the players can relate to.

“I’d have gone back to O’Neill or Lennon. It will be a relegation battle whoever was manager. Big name, bad choice in my opinion.”

3 Didi Hamann on Twitter

4 Matt Le Tissier on Sky Sports

“With Leicester I think it could be a massive struggle this season. I think he might struggle with the spirit there.”

5 Gary Lineker on Twitter

6 Tony Cottee on Sky Sports

“I’m astonished. I just didn’t see this one coming. Obviously there have been many people linked to the job but as far as I’m aware, Ranieri wasn’t one and for me, it is a strange appointment.

7 Paul Merson on Sky Sports

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“I love the Nathan Dyer signing… he could easily get in Tottenham’s team.”

8 Alan Smith in the Daily Telegraph

“Replacing Nigel Pearson with Claudio Ranieri can only be described as a huge punt. The risk is that City now lose some of the energy, aggression and spirit that pulled them to safety.”

9 Harry Redknapp on Twitter

10 Stan Collymore in the Daily Mirror

“I’m not convinced about ‘Tinkerman’ Claudio Ranieri. Pearson had the dressing room. The players believed in him. Ranieri has a job on his hands earning the same respect.

“Don’t underestimate the loss of Esteban Cambiasso, either. But I think the players believe. That could be enough. It may be just as messy as it was last time, though.”

11 Michael Owen on Twitter

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“Right then here we go again #Top6Bottom3: Top 6: Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Spurs.

“Bottom 6: Bournemouth, Leicester, Watford. Let’s see yours!”

And they all came crawling back with their collective tails between their legs.