Claudio Ranieri - The man who won us The Premier League
WHAT 'LEICESTER TILL I DIE' SAID ABOUT THE APPOINTMENT OF CLAUDIO RANIERI
Claudio Ranieri would be the perfect manager for Leicester City
So the original tinker man, Claudio Ranieri, wants a return to The Premier League, and he wants to come to Leicester City. It makes a welcome change. A manager who actually wants to come to Leicester.
Everyday the latest odds on who will be the next Leicester Manager changes. ‘ODDS SLASHED’ on whoever is flavour of the day. Its like walking into DFS where you know every sofa has been reduced, so it is with the candidates odds for the Leicester manager’s job. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise when the latest candidate had his odds slashed, but like I said the surprise was that he stated he would be interested in talking to Leicester.
Jurgan Klopp, Sam Allardyce and Guss Hiddink have all ruled themselves out of the running, whether that be for real or to negotiate a better deal who knows, but here is a guy who is actually interested in managing us. Granted he had last managed Greece before getting sacked late last year, but he does not want to retire or take an extended break, but hey we’ll take anything at the moment.
But would Ranieri but a good fit for City? Well he has experience, lots of it, 14 club teams and one international in 28 years. So he doesn’t actually hang about anywhere which could be worrying. But look at the clubs he has managed, including Napoli, Valencia, Athletico Madrid, Juventus, Monaco and even four years at Chelsea in the Premier League.
So you can’t say he hasn’t managed top teams in some of the top leagues in Europe. His spell as an International manager at Greece was short lived but his league experience is impressive. Having managed 943 games in total,he has won 433 of these giving him a win ratio of nearly 46 per cent – not bad. As a manager he has won Leagues in Italy and France as well as cups in Italy, Spain and France even winning the Uefa Super Cup in 2004 with Valencia. Whilst at Chelsea in the Premier League, pre Abramovich, he lost an FA Cup Final to Arsenal but the following season took them to Champions League qualification.
After the Russian took over and with a large transfer kitty he took them to second in the league, their best finish for 49 years only losing the title to Arsenal’s Invincibles who finished the season unbeaten. His habit of constant team rotation earned him the nickname of The Tinker Man, a mantle some would say Pearson took over last season. So could Ranieri be the man Leicester are looking for?
Well in sacking Nigel Pearson after the Great Escape of last season they have to go for a ‘big name’ in my opinion. Ranieri, I believe, fits that bill and with his experience City could do a lot worse.
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Claudio Ranieri is one of only eight managers to win the English Premier League.
From September 2000 to June 2004, Ranieri managed Chelsea and guided them to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and an FA Cup Final in his spell at Stamford Bridge.
Prior to becoming head coach at Chelsea, the Italian managed Cagliari to successive promotions, reaching Serie A in 1989/90 before taking charge of Napoli the following season.
Ranieri dropped back to Serie B to take charge of Fiorentina and immediately guided the Viola to top-flight Italian football and the Florence side picked up the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italia by the time he left in 1997.
The Italian moved to Spain where he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup and Copa del Rey with Valencia in 1998/99, before Ranieri briefly took charge of Atletico Madrid, but he left before the end of the 1999/00 season.
Ranieri would not win another trophy until the UEFA Super Cup in 2004 during his second stint at Valencia, which followed four seasons in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Spells in Italy with Parma, Juventus, Roma and Inter Milan preceded success in France with Monaco.
After winning Ligue 2 as manager of Monaco in 2012/13, Ranieri then guided the club to second in Ligue 1 in the next campaign.
A short spell as Greece's national manager ended in November 2014, but it was not long before the Roma-born coach returned to management when he was announced as Leicester City manager ahead of the 2015/16 season.
In his first season as the Foxes' manager, he guided the pre-season relegation candidates to their first Premier League trophy - winning the Manager of the Year accolade.
Ranieri has won the Manager of the Month award five times, including three in his title-winning campaign.
Despite taking Leicester through to the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League as group winners in their first foray in the competition he parted company with the club in February 2017 after five Premier League victories all season left the Foxes a place and a point above the relegation zone.
The Italian would return to management ahead of the 2017/18 season with French side Nantes, but left the club at the end of the season.
In November 2018, Ranieri was announced as Slavisa Jokanovic's replacement at Fulham, however his time at Craven Cottage ended on 28 February 2019 with the club 19th in the table.
courtesy Premier League