A BRIEF HIS­TORY OF… CLAUDIO RANIERI

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EARLY DAYS

Born in 1951 in Rome, Claudio Ranieri signed his first pro­fes­sional play­ing con­tract with Roma but only made six ap­pear­ances in two years at the club and even had a one-month loan stint at Sira­cusa be­fore sign­ing for Catan­zaro in 1974 where he would go on to

spend the next eight years.

FIRST COACH­ING ROLE

Ranieri’s first job in man­age­ment

was at Cam­pa­nia Pu­te­olana in 1987, how­ever a year later he was in charge of Cagliari and took the club to two suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tions, go­ing from Serie C to Serie A whilst also win­ning the Coppa

Italia Serie C ti­tle in 1989.

REIGN IN SPAIN

Af­ter suc­cess in Italy, Ranieri moved to Spain and guided Va­len­cia to the Copa Del Rey tro­phy in his sec­ond sea­son in charge thump­ing, Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the fi­nal. He also won the In­ter­toto Cup in 1998 and dur­ing a sec­ond stint with Los Che, won the

UEFA Su­per Cup in 2004.

BLUE IS THE COLOUR

Ranieri next headed to Eng­land for a four-year stint at Chelsea in which he be­came a pop­u­lar fig­ure

but was sacked for ri­val Jose Mour­inho. The axe fell in May 2004 de­spite Ranieri guid­ing the club to

the semi-fi­nal of the Cham­pi­ons League and run­ners-up spot in the

Pre­mier League.

AF­TER CHELSEA

Fol­low­ing his dis­missal by Ro­man Abramovich at Chelsea, Ranieri

wrote a book called ‘Proud Man Walk­ing’ and do­nated the

pro­ceeds to London’s Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal. To this day is con­sid­ered a fan favourite who was harshly sacked by the ruth­less owner. He also re­turned to Spain with Va­len­cia and Italy, with Parma, Ju­ven­tus, Roma and In­ter, af­ter he left Stam­ford Bridge, and spent time in charge of Monaco.

GO­ING GREEK

Ranieri se­ri­ously ham­pered his rep­u­ta­tion in 2014 when he took over as head Coach of the Greece na­tional team. Three de­feats and a draw in just four games meant that Ranieri was sacked only four

months af­ter tak­ing the job, a Euro­pean qual­i­fy­ing de­feat to the Faroe Is­lands prov­ing to be the

last straw.

MIR­A­CLE WORKER

A sur­prise ap­point­ment in the sum­mer of 2015, Ranieri and Le­ices­ter did the un­think­able by win­ning the 2015-16 Pre­mier League ti­tle at odds of 5000/1. He was sacked nine months later af­ter a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son

but re­mained close to the club, do­nat­ing half of his £3m pay­off to the club’s char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion, and at­tend­ing a me­mo­rial ser­vice

for Le­ices­ter owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a he­li­copter crash in Oc­to­ber 2018.

BACK TO ENG­LAND

Af­ter a sea­son in France with Nantes, Ranieri re­placed Slav­isa Jokanovic at Ful­ham, with a brief to keep the Cot­tagers in the Pre­mier League. Iron­i­cally, Jokanovic was Ranieri’s first sign­ing as Chelsea man­ager.

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