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Ranieri on Greece job: ‘Everything needed to be changed, I only had four matches’

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Claudio Ranieri, the Italian manager of Premier League surprise package Leicester City, has spoken of his short-lived tenure at the helm of Greece’s national squad.

“Unfortunately in our world we get given labels very quickly,” Ranieri said after the Foxes’ sensational 3-1 win at Manchester City on Saturday.

“I wanted to try a national team job and I chose Greece. Everything needed to be changed, I only had four matches – how could I have done something in those conditions?” he said without giving more details.

“The coach who came after me didn’t do any better,” he said in a reference to Uruguayan Sergio Markarian.

Ranieri was sacked as Greece coach following four successive defeats, including a shock 1-0 loss to the Faroe Islands in a Euro 2016 qualifier in November 2014.

Leicester are top of the Premier League, five points clear with 13 matches remaining.