Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Claudio Ranieri returns to football management with Nantes

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Clarence Duncan | 16 June, 2017, 03:26

Claudio Ranieri hit out at "bizarre" former France head coach Raymond Domenech as he awaits clearance to take charge of Ligue 1 side Nantes.

Nantes have confirmed the appointment of former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri as their new manager on a two-year deal.

Palace had previously been linked with Ranieri and France's L'Equipe says the delay in an announcement from Nantes could be due to a "last-minute" offer from Selhurst Park.

"I'm delighted to be the new Nantes coach and I shall bring a great deal of enthusiasm to the job", said the 65-year-old Italian who speaks French after a previous stint at Monaco.

"I'm very happy to become coach of Nantes". "I'm used to having to work hard to get good results". The fact the team went from near the bottom of the table to seventh clearly shows the players have quality.

Waldemar Kita, Nantes president is still "optimistic" about securing Ranieri, so something somewhere doesn't make sense.

Ranieri's heroics in guiding Leicester to the Premier League title have made him a wanted man and Nantes have won the race for his signature.

Nantes will be Ranieri's 17th management job spanning a 31-year career in the dugout, but the veteran Italian had to wait longer than expected for the deal to go through, due to a freaky rule in French football.

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