Who will be the new Leicester City manager?

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Following Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal as Leicester City manager on Thursday, attention has already turned to who will replace the Italian at the King Power Stadium.

Already, a number of frontrunners have emerged early doors, including names well known to the Foxes faithful.

Here’s a list of the five current favourites with the bookmakers.

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Roberto Mancini

The present favourite if the bookies are to be believed, 52-year-old Mancini made four appearances for the Foxes during a loan spell in 2001.

Has a high pedigree after managing the likes of Inter, Lazio and Manchester City, winning the Premier League title with the former.

A potential continuity option.

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Nigel Pearson

Could this be third time lucky for Pearson?

The experienced coach has already had two tainted stints at Leicester, leading them into the Premier League last time around before finally being fired over an incident on a pre-season tour of Thailand.

Pearson, 53, then started to rebuild his reputation during a spell at Derby County. He left the club by mutual consent in 2016, and is currently without a job.

Second favourite, according to some outlets.

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Gary Rowett

Bizarrely sacked by Birmingham City earlier this season, Rowett’s stock remains high in the game and the 42-year-old is as short as 6/1 with some bookies to succeed Ranieri.

He’s young, dynamic and could be just what the Foxes are looking for.

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Alan Pardew

Another manager out of work- this time as a result of a poor six months with Crystal Palace- Pardew counts Newcastle and West Ham among his former teams and may well be considered for the vacant Leicester job.

Puts together excellent runs of form mixed with real troughs, so could either help propel the relegation battlers away from danger entirely or put them even further into the mire.

A gamble worth taking?

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Frank de Boer

Dutchman De Boer shone at Ajax to such an extent that he was appointed Inter.

For one reason or another, things didn’t quite work out for him at the San Siro and he was promptly sacked just three months into his tenure.

A free agent looking for his chance in the English game- and one that Leicester may just decide is worthy of a go.

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