Robbie Savage admits he got managerial prediction wrong

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The ex-Wales international midfielder doubted the talents of Leicester City's Italian head coach.

Robbie Savage has admitted he had real concerns over the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as Leicester City head coach, reports Sport360.

The player-turned-pundit, who represented the Foxes for five seasons between 1997 and 2002, was part of the team that lifted the Worthington Cup in 2000 but he never achieved anything close to Leicester’s league form this term.

The East Midlands club are just one win away from securing an historic Premier League triumph, having finished last season in 14th place following a remarkable relegation survival.

Nigel Pearson was the man in charge for that grand escape but he was replaced by experienced Italian manager Claudio Ranieri in the off-season.

Ranieri had enjoyed a mixed managerial career ahead of his arrival at the King Power Stadium. After achieving success on the continent with Fiorentina and Valencia, he was most recently sacked by the Greece national team following a defeat to the Faroe Islands.

Savage took to Twitter to voice his concern ahead of the current campaign, stating his doubts.

Ranieri has gone on to lead the unlikely league leaders to the cusp of their first ever top-flight title, and in a report from Sport360, the former player admits he was wrong to judge the Leicester boss.

He is quoted as saying: “When he got the job, based on results with Greece when they lost to the Faroe Islands, I was one of the doubters who thought ‘bad appointment’. I think a lot of people thought that and he’s proved everybody wrong.

“He has to be manager of the year even if they finish second. It’s not over yet. I think with three games to go, they’ve (Manchester) United, Everton, Chelsea - Spurs have got an easier run.”

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