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Leicester manager Shakespeare denies argument with Ranieri

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 00:47

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare says there are no hard feelings between him and his predecessor Claudio Ranieri.

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SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (APRIL 11, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEICESTER CITY COACH, CRAIG SHAKESPEARE, SAYING: "Claudio (Ranieri) was in good humour, he came across exactly as I know him. My stances, from my first interview, I remember coming into the back room and stating that I spoke to Claudio the night that he was relieved. He thanked me for my time, I thanked him, he said it was football and as I said there has never been any arguments, never any hard feelings and that's my side of it. As I said, it was good to see him again by the way, good to see him enjoying his football as he did. And as I said, I think it came across really well." STORY: Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has said that he never had any arguments with predecessor Claudio Ranieri and there was no ill feeling between the pair prior to the Italian's sacking. Ranieri led 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester to an incredible Premier League title triumph last May but was sacked in February with the club in a relegation battle and amid speculation that he had lost respect in the dressing room. Speaking publicly for the first time on Monday (April 10), Ranieri told Sky Sports the players were not involved in his sacking but suggested "someone behind" him was conspiring against him, though he stopped short of naming anybody. "There has never been any arguments, never any hard feelings," Shakespeare told reporters on Tuesday (Aprill 11), on the eve of their Champions League quarter-final clash against Spanish side Atletico Madrid. Shakespeare replaced Ranieri until the end of the season and has overseen a major upturn in fortunes, winning his first five games before Sunday's defeat to Everton, to steer them to the safety of mid-table. Leicester, the last English team in this season's Champions League, face Atletico in Madrid on Wednesday (April 12) before the return leg next Tuesday (April 18).

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Leicester manager Shakespeare denies argument with Ranieri

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 00:47