Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel on Nigel Pearson and Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri has made a wonderful start at Leicester City since taking over from Nigel Pearson.

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has admitted on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday that the entire team was behind Nigel Pearson when he was sacked over the summer.

Pearson was a shock managerial departure after he saved Leicester from relegation last season, and he was replaced by Claudio Ranieri ahead of the start of the new campaign.

At the time it was a decision which received a lot of attention, but Schmeichel feels that Ranieri deserves a huge amount of credit for changing opinions of him so quickly.

“We had a manager that the team was behind and for whatever reason he wasn’t there anymore,” he said.

“You’re always… apprehensive isn’t the right word, but you’re always thinking ‘what is this new guy going to bring?’

“But credit goes to Claudio, he has come in and hasn’t changed a lot. He’s seen that he’s got a team which works quite well, and all credit goes to him that he’s kept it the way it has been.”

When Ranieri took over at Leicester there were not too many voices of support for him, as Pearson had done such a good job last term.

The Foxes had looked doomed, but Pearson performed a brilliant job to save them from the drop and the decision to sack him seemed incredibly harsh.

Now, after 11 games, it seems like an inspired choice from the Leicester board, as they have made such a good start to the campaign.

Leicester are currently in third place in the Premier League table, and they have been one of the most dangerous teams in England throughout the season to date.

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