Ranieri's like your favourite teacher at school, says Huth

The centre-back claims that Ranieri's reputation as a 'Tinkerman' is no longer accurate, following Leicester City's surprise Premier League title win.

Leicester City's Robert Huth has told the Leicester Mercury that Claudio Ranieri is like a "favourite teacher at school", adding that his days as 'The Tinkerman' are well and truly over.

The German, who first worked under the Italian as a teenager at Chelsea, was a key component of the Foxes' unlikely Premier League title win, but insists the highest praise should be for his manager, whom he believes has furthered his reputation in English football.

The former Monaco boss made just 32 changes to his starting line-up over the course of last season, a statistic Huth believes is proof that the nickname of 'Tinkerman' - bestowed on his manager during his spell in West London - is no longer accurate.

He said: "Tinkerman or Thinkerman, you can call him what you like, but he had the right idea for this team this season.

"We played to our strengths. He set us up perfectly and we didn't have many changes to the starting line-up, so the days of the Tinkerman are really gone I think."

Having picked up the third Premier League winners' medal of his career, Huth is convinced that the balance of love and respect for his boss has been pivotal in his side's historic success.

"He is like your favourite teacher at school," Huth added.

"We love him but we know not to cross the line. That's very much what has happened here.

"He is a very nice guy, you can talk to him and share a joke but when it is time to work and be serious, he is not to be messed with."

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