Ranieri eyes a come­back

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MONACO: Clau­dio Ranieri is hop­ing to be back in man­age­ment some­where in Europe be­fore the start of next sea­son and is not rul­ing out a re­turn to the Premier League.

“Why not? If a good project ar­rives, why not?” the for­mer Chelsea and Le­ices­ter City man­ager, sacked by the lat­ter club in Fe­bru­ary, said on Tues­day when asked whether he might re­turn to Eng­land.

“I look for the Premier League or an­other league in Europe,” he added.

The much-trav­elled Ital­ian was back in the dugout on Tues­day, if only for an evening, as coach of a ‘World Stars’ char­ity match in Monaco.

The 65-year-old, who pulled off one of the all-time up­sets in tak­ing Le­ices­ter City to the ti­tle last year, re­fused to be drawn on who he might be talk­ing to.

“If I have had some dis­cus­sions, I don’t tell you,” he laughed.

Dap­per in blue blazer and jeans, the 65-year-old watched as a team mainly com­posed of Formula One driv­ers took on sport­ing celebri­ties in­clud­ing for­mer Arse­nal and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur de­fender Wil­liam Gal­las.

Cap­tained by Wil­liams driver Felipe Massa, the F1 team in­cluded Red Bull’s Aus­tralian Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, Rus­sian Daniil Kvyat, Spa­niard Car­los Sainz, re­tired dou­ble cham­pion Mika Hakki­nen and Michael Schu­macher’s son Mick.

Monaco’s Prince Al­bert II played a cameo role in a match that has be­come a fix­ture of grand prix week and is held at the home of the new Ligue 1 cham­pi­ons to raise money for a chil­dren’s char­ity.

Ranieri, a for­mer Monaco coach de­lighted with the club’s suc­cess, has been part of it for the last four years.

The Ital­ian, who will be back in Lon­don at the week­end for the FA Cup fi­nal be­tween Chelsea and Arse­nal, told re­porters he still had am­bi­tions at club level.

“I am very stim­u­lated to make an­other great sea­son,” he said.

“Wat­ford is only ru­mours,” he added, when asked specif­i­cally about that Premier League va­cancy af­ter the departure of Ital­ian Wal­ter Maz­zarri. “I feel as well a Euro­pean coach — Italy, Spain, France, Eng­land for me is okay.”

Mid­dles­brough and Sun­der­land have also both parted com­pany with their man­agers but both clubs were rel­e­gated to the Cham­pi­onship this sea­son.

“In Italy we are used to this,” Ranieri said of the spate of fir­ings and de­par­tures.

“For me is im­por­tant the project. And I look at the right project.” Reuters

I look for the Premier League or an­other league in Europe.

CLAU­DIO RANIERI

For­mer Le­ices­ter man­ager

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