Leicester City have given their “unwavering support” to manager Claudio Ranieri despite falling to just one point above the relegation zone.
The Italian faces mounting pressure under several undesirable streaks, which includes a run of just two wins in their last 15 Premier League games, and a record of no wins and no goals since the beginning of 2017.
In their statement, the club acknowledged the “recent speculation” about Ranieri while reaffirming their commitment to the 65-year-old, and insisted their strategy for success was “based on stability”.
“In light of recent speculation, Leicester City Football club would like to make absolutely clear its unwavering support for first-team manager, Claudio Ranieri,” the statement read.
“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 unified behind its manager and behind its players, collectively.”
“Maybe the chairman wants to stop all the speculation,” Ranieri said of the statement.
“For me, it’s important to try to find the right solution for the players, that is it. When you don’t win you lack confidence, it’s normal, but fortunately these players are warriors,” the Italian added.
“They are used to fighting. They already lived this situation. They’ve lived the good things but also the bad. So I stay with the soldiers, with the warriors who know the problem, who know the enemy.”
Ranieri went on to claim he would always be grateful towards the players for their unprecedented Premier League title win last season.
“I love these players, they gave me something special in my career, I thank them all my life for this”, he said.
Leicester club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will be flying in from Thailand to watch as his club takes on Derby County at home in their FA Cup fourth round replay, and give a public show of support to Ranieri.