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Claudio Ranieri appointed Leicester manager

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Ranieri is the new Leicester boss
Ranieri is the new Leicester boss

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill will not be making a return to Leicester City after the midlands club appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager.

Former Chelsea manager Ranieri has been the front runner for the Leicester post for the last couple of weeks after he confirmed he would be interested in succeeding Nigel Pearson, who was sacked last month.

O'Neill emerged as a shock contender to make a return to the club where he was manager between 1995 and 2000 on Friday, after Leicester sources confirming they would like to speak with the Republic of Ireland boss about their vacancy.

Yet those approaches were met with a negative response and with the club's Thai owners keen to appoint a high profile candidate to their top job, Ranieri became the most cost effective and suitable candidate.

The odds on Ranieri taking over as Leicester boss tumbled throughout Monday before confirmation came through that the Italian had landed the role.

While O'Neill's future as Ireland boss is uncertain beyond the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Football Association of Ireland chiefs will be relieved that they did not need to find a replacement ahead of the final four games in Group D later this year.