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Tinkerman plays down Leeds link

25 September 2006 11:10
Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri claims he has not been contacted by Leeds chairman Ken Bates, despite reports linking him to the vacant managerial position at Elland Road. Ranieri, nicknamed 'The Tinkerman' from his time in charge of the Blues when he was renowned for changing his team on a weekly basis, would like to return to management in England, but stopped short of admitting he is in the frame to take over from the sacked Kevin Blackwell. In fact, he insisted he has not even spoken to Bates or his assistant Gwyn Williams about the job. Ranieri said: "I want to come back and manage in England, in the Premiership and in Europe. That is my idea. "I am friendly with both of them, but nobody has called me yet, normally when a chairman wants to sack their manager they organise for the next manager before they sack him." Meanwhile, caretaker boss John Carver is hoping to land the role on a full time basis after guiding United to a 3-2 win over Birmingham on Saturday. He said: "I'm absolutely delighted. "I've made it my intention what I want to do and I think I've got off to a half-decent start, but I have to say it wasn't just about me."

Source: ESA