Moyes rejected Leicester before Ranieri appointment

Sunderland manager David Moyes has revealed that he turned down the chance to manager Leicester, prior to the appointment of Claudio Ranieri.

Ex-Chelsea boss Ranieri steered Leicester to a stunning Premier League title last season, just 12 months after the Foxes had narrowly avoided relegation.

However, Ranieri would never have had the chance to take charge of the Foxes, if former Manchester United manager Moyes had accepted the job offer in the summer of 2015.

Moyes was approached after Leicester sacked then manager Nigel Pearson, but he decided to stay put at La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

“I was asked after Nigel Pearson left and before Claudio came in,” said Moyes, prior to Sunderland’s encounter against Leicester.

“I was asked if I would be interested but I'd made my mind up that I wanted to manage abroad and I wanted to stay in Spain.

"These things happen. I've been offered plenty of other jobs and later thought, 'Why didn't I take that one or this one?'.


"At the time, Leicester were near the bottom of the Premier League, they'd just avoided relegation, so you wouldn't have thought they were going to be champions.

“It wasn't something that made me think ‘This is something I want to do’.

“I never saw them getting into the position they got into. But I've no regrets – I made a decision at the time."