Guus Hiddink turned down chance to manage Leicester City after Claudio Ranieri sacking

Guus Hiddink has experience of coaching in the Premier League with Chelsea, twice taking over on an interim basis to steady the ship at Stamford Bridge.


The Dutchman claims to have been approached to take on a similar firefighting role with champions Leicester, who controversially parted company with Claudio Ranieri after dropping into the relegation mire.

However, the 70-year-old believes that City made the right call in appointing Ranieri’s deputy Craig Shakespeare until the end of the campaign, with four wins from four following in the Premier League.

“To be strictly correct, I didn’t talk directly with Leicester. But you know how the line goes. ‘They think of you…’. They asked not directly but indirectly, but I said no,” he told The Times . “If you have decided to sack Ranieri, why don’t you go with your number two guy?

“Shakespeare knows the club, knows the players. Why don’t you go there, you will see what will happen, I said. Happily I was right. Liverpool didn’t know what hit them [in Shakespeare’s first game]. Within 20 minutes, 2-0. And five days later Leicester won at Hull. The relegation problem was solved in five days.”

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