Steve McClaren has paid tribute to Claudio Ranieri, saying that the Leicester boss has brought success to the club after adapting well on his return to the Premier League.
The Newcastle Head Coach was speaking at his Friday afternoon press conference ahead of Newcastle v Leicester.
McClaren adding that the Leicester Manager has produced the results without ‘tinkering’ too much.
Back when he was at Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri was nicknamed ‘The Tinkerman’ because of his habit of regularly changing his team, even when they had played well and won.
When taking the Leicester job, Ranieri himself entertained the assembled media, saying:
“I was the only Tinkerman, now there are lots of Tinkermen.”
Of course football has changed now and along with bigger squads, it is now the done thing for so many managers to ‘tinker’, or ‘rotate’ as so many of them call it.
McClaren pointed out also the quality of player Leicester now have, naming Jamie Vardy, Drinkwater and Mahrez.
Whilst Vardy plays week in week out and has of course scored in nine straight games in a row, Ranieri has been brave enough to leave Mahrez at times on the bench and introduce him as an impact sub, despite the winger looking arguably the most exciting player in the Premier League this season.
“Ranieri has come in to Leicester and done a fantastic job. He hasn’t tinkered too much and has adapted very well to the PL.
“They have very good players, like Vardy, Mahrez and Drinkwater. That is why they are one point off the top.
“We are trying to turn the corner. We are doing that slowly and have to keep grinding away.
“It’s about showing fight, great attitude on the field and ultimately winning games. If we do that, that crowds will come back.”