Clas­sic Ranieri

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

Re­la­tions be­tween Clau­dio Ranieri and Nantes pres­i­dent Walde­mar Kita aren’t the best at the mo­ment, the Ital­ian as good as invit­ing Kita to fire him after the team lost 2-0 to Lyons on Satur­day, a de­feat that left them 10th in the ta­ble. “If the Pres­i­dent isn’t happy with me,” he said, “there’s just one thing to do”.

By all ac­counts, things took a turn for the worse be­tween the men when Ranieri failed to ap­pear at the club’s 75th an­niver­sary din­ner. He could have just said he had a headache, but no, his ex­cuse was, well, unique:

“When I ar­rived at the venue for the cer­e­mony, there were too many cars in the park­ing lot. It was im­pos­si­ble for me to find a space. I asked the driver to take me to­wards Nantes air­port where I took a pri­vate plane to Lon­don be­cause my apart­ment had a leaky ceil­ing due to heavy rain over the last few days.”

Never change, Clau­dio.

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