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Leicester board give Ranieri dreaded vote of confidence

There have been reports of unrest in the dressing room, but the club stands by their manager.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.
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LEICESTER CITY HAVE backed manager Claudio Ranieri despite the reigning Premier League champions’ poor form.

The club have released an official statement declaring their ‘unwavering support’ for the Italian, following numerous reports of unrest in the dressing room.

“In light of recent speculation, Leicester City Football Club would like to make absolutely clear its unwavering support for its First Team Manager, Claudio Ranieri,” the statement reads.

“While there is a collective appreciation from everyone at the Club that recent form needs to improve, the unprecedented success achieved in recent seasons has been based firmly on stability, togetherness and determination to overcome even the greatest of challenges.

“The entire Club is and will remain united behind its manager and behind its players, collectively and firmly focused on the challenges ahead.”

Sitting in 16th place — just two points above last place Sunderland — Leicester City are firmly embroiled in a battle to avoid relegation after winning only one of their last nine league games.

They face a crucial clash away fellow strugglers Swansea next weekend.

It’s also been reported that the players face wage cuts of up to 40%, should they be relegated at the end of the season.

The club allegedly implemented wage-reduction clauses into players’ contracts after winning the title last year, in order to mitigate the costs of relegation.

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According to reports, the clauses were applied to contracts of existing players who signed new deals during the summer, as well as new arrivals.

While some players have been treated to pay increases, those contracts are also understood to include clauses related to pay cuts.

Ranieri faced the media earlier today at his pre-Derby County press conference, ahead of his side’s FA Cup Fourth round replay tomorrow night.

Additional reporting by Sinead Farrell.

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