Why Claudio Ranieri is embracing his ‘Tinkerman’ label

12 Mar



“Now everybody is a Tinkerman but the flag is mine. I was the first”


Claudio Ranieri

The 64-year-old said: “It’s nice having a settled side. I believe they play together and I see a very good level of performance and fitness, so why do I have to change?

“If I see somebody a little tired during a game or a training session, maybe I can change but for now why be a Tinkerman?

“Now everybody is a Tinkerman but the flag is mine. I was the first.

“I moved a lot of players only in the last season at Chelsea when new players arrived after the start of the Premier League.

“Roman Abramovich came in at the beginning of July and at that point we started to buy new players, so it was normal that I changed players.

“Because of that I was called the Tinkerman, but that is okay because I changed a lot.

“New players arrived so I had to put in new players and we finished second.

“I changed systems in 1997 and ‘98, a long time ago. Now all around the world people change systems and change men.”

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