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Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri arrived at King Power Stadium in July 2015 with a fine reputation and an impressive record at the helm of some of Europe’s biggest and most famous teams. 

Born on October 20, 1951 in the Italian capital Rome, Ranieri’s football career began in that very city with the signing of his first professional contract at Roma in 1973. 

During his playing days Ranieri had a reputation as a rugged full-back with a strong understanding for the game and after two campaigns with Roma he made the switch to Cantanzaro in 1974, where he would stay for the majority of his playing career. 

After two promotions in six years with the side from the south of Italy, Ranieri would go on to help both Catania and Palermo achieve further promotions before his playing career ended in 1986. 

With a managerial career that has seen him take charge of 14 teams across a period of 29 years and five different countries, there can be few with as much experience as Ranieri. 

Popular with players and media alike, the Italian has built a solid reputation as a manager with a capacity to nurture youth, motivate his players and manage squads full of big names. 

After spells with two smaller sides in the form of Lamenti and Campania, Ranieri’s big break arrived in 1987 with Cagliari. It was there that he almost immediately turned the side around and guided them to promotions from Serie C1 to the heights of Serie A. 

Italian giants Napoli soon came calling for the services of the talented young manager as they sought to recover from the loss of iconic Argentine Diego Maradona, with whom they had won the league in 1990. 

More challenges were soon around the corner for Ranieri, who joined Fiorentina in 1993, but he rose to them straight away – guiding the Viola to a dominant Serie B title in his first season. 

They claimed the Coppa Italia in 1996 with a win over Atalanta and the Supercoppa Italia in the same year by beating a star-studded AC Milan side in the San Siro. 

He ended his stay in Italy for a move to Spain with Valencia. Handed a tough task at the Mestalla given the domestic dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona, Ranieri fared well and not only guided a revitalised Valencia to Champions League qualification but also to the Copa de Rey in 1999. 

In 1999 he was then recruited by Atletico, but difficult financial constraints for the Club, including administration, made things even more testing on the pitch, meaning Ranieri stayed in the Spanish capital for just one season before making a fresh start in the Premier League with Chelsea in September 2000. 

It was at Stamford Bridge that Ranieri would win the admiration of many supporters in England, not just for the impressive job he did rebuilding the side, but for his honesty, his passion and the loyalty he inspired in his players. 

He secured a top six finish in his first two seasons as well as reaching the FA Cup Final in 2001/02, when they were beaten by Arsenal. 

Former England skipper John Terry and current Leicester City star Robert Huth were brought further into the fray the following season as Ranieri shrugged off a summer of few arrivals to seal an all important top four finish with a final day victory over Liverpool. 

That secured Champions League football for the side, and with the purchase of the club by Roman Abramovic in 2003, Ranieri was able to bring in a host of talent from across Europe to build the base of a team that would go on to achieve great things over the next decade. 

Despite a second placed finish in the league and a run to the Champions League Semi-Finals, Ranieri was replaced at the Chelsea helm by Jose Mourinho in 2004 – a decision that paved the way for his return to Valencia for a second spell in June of that year. 

That period started well for the Italian, who picked up more silverware early in his reign with a Super Cup victory over Porto. In 2007 Serie A came calling for Ranieri once again and this time it was relegation threatened Parma who were in need of his services. 

The job he performed there will be well remembered by Parma supporters, who watched happily as he lifted them from the relegation battle to the safety of 12th place thanks to some huge results against teams above them in the table. 

Next on the agenda for Ranieri were Juventus in 2007, who turned to him on the back of their return to Serie A from Serie B, and he didn’t disappoint – guiding them to a highly impressive third place in the league. It was a spell that ended in 2009 after less than two seasons, but one that had helped to re-establish The Old Lady as a force in Italian football again. 

Soon afterwards he would take over at his boyhood club Roma on a two-year deal. It was a first season that very nearly had a fairy-tale ending for Ranieri, whose side charged to the top of Serie A with a 23-game unbeaten run. 

However Internazionale snatched both the league and the Coppa Italia from within their grasp in a dramatic end to the season. 

Following the 2010/11 campaign, it was Internazionale where Ranieri would next turn up, but that stay was short-lived as in May 2012 he made the switch to the French Ligue 2 with AS Monaco. 

In his first season in the principality he guided the team to the Ligue 2 title and then an impressive charge up to second place in Ligue 1 the following campaign. 

High profile signings such as Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez saw them only narrowly miss out on the title. 

He left Monaco in the summer of 2014 when he took up an international role managing the Greece national side. This was a position he occupied until November of last year, before joining the Foxes in July 2015.

Craig Shakespeare
Assistant Manager

Assistant Manager Craig Shakespeare is currently in his second spell with the Club after re-joining in November 2011.

The 49-year-old midlands-born midfielder began his career with Walsall in 1981, where he played upwards of 350 games – the highlight of which coming in the 1987/88 season when he helped guide the Saddlers to the third tier of English football via the play-offs.

In 1989 Shakespeare signed with then top-flight side Sheffield Wednesday for £300,000, featuring 17 times for the Hillsborough side before a 1990 switch to West Bromwich Albion.

After three years, a promotion and well over 100 games for the Baggies, Shakespeare took in spells at Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United, Telford United and Hednesford Town before finally hanging up his boots in 2000 at the age of 36.

Shakespeare stayed in the game however, taking up a role as an Academy Coach with former side West Bromwich Albion, and later taking charge of the reserves.

In October 2006, Shakespeare took charge of the first team for a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace following the departure of Robson, but eventually left the west-midlands side to join Leicester City as Assistant Manager to Nigel Pearson in July 2008.

After following Pearson to Hull City in 2010, Shakespeare returned to take up his role as assistant once again in November 2011, and helping take The Foxes to the brink of promotion to the top-flight through the 2012/13 Championship Play-Offs.

Steve Walsh
Assistant Manager

Along with fellow Assistant Manager Craig Shakespeare, Steve Walsh followed returned to Leicester City in November 2011 to begin a second spell at the club and continue the work he started in July 2008.

The Assistant Manager, and Head of Recruitment helped bring in 32 players to the Club in their first stint at King Power Stadium – a period that saw The Foxes claim the League 1 crown and reach the Championship Play-Offs the following season.

An accomplished non-league player, the highly regarded Walsh has worked for a host of clubs in a scouting capacity, including Bury, Chester, Chelsea and Newcastle – where he first came across City boss Pearson.

Alongside a 30 year career as Head of Physical Education for a number of comprehensive schools, Walsh worked part-time as a scout for Chelsea for 16 years, where he is credited with recommending the signings of players such as Tore Andre Flo and Gianfranco Zola.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho then persuaded Walsh to take on the full-time role of European Scout shortly after his arrival, where he worked closely with Andre Villas-Boas on the signings of Didier Drogba and Michael Essien.

However Walsh was lured from his position at Chelsea by then-Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce and stayed there until 2008 when he joined Leicester, achieved promotion from League 1 and a top six position in the Championship before a spell at Hull City and then finally back to Leicester in 2011.

Paolo Benetti
Assistant Manager

A former professional footballer for a total of eight Italian teams throughout his playing career, Paolo Benetti has worked alongside Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri since 2007. 

After progressing through the ranks as a young defender at A.C. Milan, Benetti spent one year as a professional at the Rossoneri before moving to then Serie C1 side Alma Fano in 1983. 

The following season, he made the switch to U.S. Catanzaro, where he would stay for three years and make over 60 appearances for the side based in the south of Italy, before moving to Ascoli Picchio in 1987. 

His stay at Ascoli proved to be the longest of his playing career. An eight-year spell, totalling over 170 appearances, would see Benetti play at the pinnacle of Italian club football – Serie A – as well as Serie B towards the end of his career there. 

Spells at Siena, Venezia, Triestina and now Serie A outfit Carpi brought to an end a 17-year playing career in 1999, before Benetti made the step up to coaching in 2005. 

His introduction into the world of football coaching would start as manager of Lazio’s youth team, spending two years there before linking up with Ranieri for the first time at Italian giants Juventus in 2007. 

Juventus had just gained promotion from Serie B back to Serie A when Benetti arrived as a technical coach. The task was to re-establish the Old Lady as a super force not just in Italy, but across Europe also. 

Alongside Ranieri, Benetti would contribute to Juventus’ third and second place finishes, before Ranieri and his staff departed for A.S. Roma in 2009. 

Their first season at Roma would end in them finishing runners up to 2009/10 Serie A Champions Internazionale – five places above former club Juventus. 

Following a sixth-place finish in 2010/11, Benetti became Ranieri’s assistant manager at Internazionale, spending just one year at the San Siro before moving to Ligue 2 side A.S. Monaco. 

Benetti would help Monaco to the Ligue 2 title in his first season as Ranieri’s assistant, before missing out on the Ligue 1 title in the club’s first season back in France’s top flight to eventual champions Paris Saint-Germain. 

A brief spell at Greece’s national team ended in November 2014, and Benetti, alongside Ranieri and his staff, joined Leicester City in July 2015.

Mike Stowell
Goalkeeper Coach

Goalkeeping coach, Mike Stowell, enjoyed a successful playing career before hanging up his gloves and concentrating on coaching.

The former Wolves stopper began his career at Preston North End but ended up making a name for himself after impressing in non-league football. 

Mike was soon snapped up by Everton and spent the next five years at Goodison Park. During his time with the Toffees, Stowell spent time on loan at several clubs, including Manchester City, Port Vale and Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

After impressing at Molineux, Mike was snapped up by Wolves on a permanent deal in 1990 by manager Graham Turner. Stowell went on to spend over ten years as the West Midlands club's number one, making over 400 first team appearances. 

During his time at Wolves, Stowell was part of the team that won the 1988/89 Football League Third Division title and was also called up to the England B squad. 

In 2001, Mike left Molineux and signed for Bristol City, spending the next four seasons at the club before hanging up his gloves and taking a role as Leicester City's goalkeeping coach in 2005. 

During his time at King Power Stadium, Stowell has also acted as Assistant Manager and caretaker manager. 

Paul McAndrew
Kit Manager

Jon Sanders
Player Liaison Officer

Jon has served Leicester City in a number of roles since first joining the Club in 1999, and currently holds the position of Player Liaison Officer, which he took on during the summer of 2014. 

Educated locally at de Montfort University between 1993 and 1996, Jon first joined the Club as Website Co-Ordinator in 1999 before progressing to the position of Head of Media in 2006. 

After a spell as Club Partnership Manager and Head of Marketing and Commercial Operations for the Football League from 2009 until 2014, Jon returned to Leicester City in his current capacity, which predominantly sees him provide off-the-field support to the players. 

Jon acts as a communication link between the squad and management, while his duties also include, but aren't limited to ­player relocation and integration, away travel co-ordination, player support, player appearances and administration.