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Ranieri deserves time to save his faltering Foxes, insists Clement

Paul Clement believes Claudio Ranieri has earned the right to turn Leicester's season around as the faltering Premier League champions prepare to meet his Swansea side.

Four straight defeats have left Leicester just one point above the drop zone, on the same number of points as Swansea, ahead of Sunday's crunch relegation showdown at the Liberty Stadium.

Reports also surfaced recently that Ranieri has been losing his grip on the dressing room after confusing players with tactics and team selection.

But Ranieri insists everything is normal and he received a vote of confidence from Leicester's Thai owners, who pledged their "unwavering support" to the 65-year-old Italian.

"You never know what the truth is coming out of those situations," Clement said.

"But some of the talk coming out I don't understand. Players speaking to the chairman and pundits talking about who might be the next coach is not right.

"He was a good manager going into Leicester. But based on what he did last year, he is a very good coach and manager. Tactically he is very good and he did amazingly well with that group of players.

"What he did last year was truly remarkable, and for that alone he deserves time to put it right."

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