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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

West Ham, Leicester and Newcastle taking risks with new managers

Leicester City introduced new manager Claudio Ranieri, with the Italian announcing his goal for the season is to earn one more point then the team did last campaign.

When fighting relegation is the expectation for the new season, bringing in new management represents a serious gamble. Three clubs with such an outlook have taken on such a bet, at a moment of increasingly high stakes. New managers rarely arrive at clubs in positions of strength and winning the hearts and minds of owners, players and fans comes only from the delivery of decent results and good football.

Each of West Ham, Leicester and Newcastle are at considerable risk with their new appointments....

 By Ben Jacobs

Claudio Ranieri may not last as Leicester seek survival once again

Claudio Ranieri says he is excited with the challenge ahead as he prepares for the 2015-16 season with Leicester.

Leicester looked dead and buried last season before Nigel Pearson masterminded a dramatic survival bid. He's since left and been replaced by Claudio Ranieri -- can he keep the Foxes up?


After last season's miraculous escape and a summer that begun with Pearson's sacking, mid-table mediocrity would be delightful.

Leicester finished last season as the Premier League's form side. The Foxes closed 2014-15 with seven wins from their final nine games and will pray momentum spills into this campaign.


 By Ben Jacobs

Esteban Cambiasso's departure is Ranieri's first failure as Leicester boss

Leicester City introduced new manager Claudio Ranieri, with the Italian announcing his goal for the season is to earn one more point then the team did last campaign.

Claudio Ranieri has failed in his first task as Leicester manager -- to persuade Esteban Cambiasso to re-sign.

The new Foxes boss begged the 34-year-old to extend his stay at the King Power Stadium, but saw his pleas promptly rejected just 24-hours after tabling an offer.

Cambiasso claims his rejection was swift in order to give Leicester time to find an apt replacement, but it's more likely the Argentine never seriously entertained working with Ranieri again.

The pair endured a frosty relationship...

 By Ben Jacobs

Claudio Ranieri a safe choice for Leicester after the Nigel Pearson era

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti gives his take on the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the new manager of Leicester City.

To both borrow and warp a cliche: "Every Claudio has a silver lining."

The silver-haired Italian is certainly a positive appointment following Nigel Pearson's stormy and unexpected exit. Leicester's Thai owners had to act quickly in order to prevent their preseason being overshadowed with uncertainty, and they've found a manager with an impressive (albeit waning) CV.

Naturally, the fear is that Claudio Ranieri is simply "Sven 2.0," a gimmicky choice like Eriksson in 2010 who lacks the grit...

Terry, Walcott, Carrick and Van Persie available in 2016 as deals expire

The summer transfer market is already being shaped by players whose previous clubs proved unable or unwilling to keep them when their contracts were expiring.

Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, James Milner, Danny Ings and Glen Johnson have all moved on this summer and the window next year will be no different.

As a host of players enter the final year of their deals, coveted footballers can find themselves in an even more enviable position when they are able to enter the market without...

 By Ben Jacobs

Nigel Pearson's tumultuous time at Leicester ends with the sack

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik reacts to Leicester's surprise firing of Nigel Pearson.

Nigel Pearson's exit as Leicester manager has caught most by surprise. The official reason, posted via a statement on the club's website, was "fundamental differences in perspective" between manager and board.

A BBC report has since claimed that Pearson's dismissal was linked to his son's role in a sexually-explicit video, during which racist language was used, which led to James Pearson and two other players being sacked.

Pearson's time in charge had looked to be up during Leicester's 13-game winless...