(Reuters) - Italian Claudio Ranieri was named Fulham manager on a multi-year contract on Wednesday to replace the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic, with the London club bottom of the Premier League.
Here are some key facts about Ranieri:
- Born in October 1951 in Rome, he began his career as a defender with AS Roma and went on to play for Catanzaro and Catania, spending a total of five years in Serie A. His first coaching job was with amateur side Vigor Lamezia in 1985.
- The Italian began his managerial career with Campania before guiding Cagliari from the third division into Serie A between 1989 and 1991. His next move was to Napoli where he was unable to bring success.
- Ranieri was then appointed Fiorentina manager and led the club into Serie A in 1994, enjoying Italian Cup and Super Cup glory in 1996.
- Ranieri moved to Spain with Valencia, adding the 1999 Spanish Cup to his honours list. He left for Atletico Madrid in mid-1999 but his tenure at the troubled club was short.
- Ranieri replaced Gianluca Vialli at Chelsea in September 2000. Despite an idiosyncratic use of English, he guided the London side to sixth place in the Premier League in his first season, helping them qualify for the UEFA Cup.
- After Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea in July 2003, Ranieri suffered constant speculation over his future and described himself as a “dead man walking”. Despite constantly changing his lineup, which earned him the nickname ‘The Tinkerman’, he steered Chelsea to second in the league, their highest finish for 49 years, and into the Champions League semi-finals where they lost to AS Monaco. He was sacked in May 2004.
- Ranieri replaced Didier Deschamps in June 2007 after Juve had returned to Serie A following a demotion for match-fixing.
- A third-place finish in their first season back in the top flight was widely praised and the second campaign started well with home and away wins over Real Madrid in the Champions League. Performances dropped off late in the campaign though and he was replaced by Ciro Ferrara in May with a Champions League qualifying place at risk.
- Ranieri took over from Luciano Spalletti early in the 2009/10 season with the club struggling and he led them on a superb run which culminated in them finishing runners-up in Serie A and the Italian Cup. They almost pipped Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan to the scudetto but for a home loss to Sampdoria.
- The following season was always going to be tough in comparison, with the indebted Rome club in the process of being sold, and poor results led to his resignation in February.
- Named Inter Milan coach in September 2011 after Gian Piero Gasperini was sacked following a poor start to the season. Ranieiri had a promising start but lasted only just over six months and was sacked following a run of two wins in 13 games and a Champions league last 16 exit to Olympique de Marseille.
- Joined Monaco in May 2012 and won the Ligue 2 championship before finishing runners-up to Paris St Germain in the top flight the following season. Despite the Italian’s success his contract was not renewed and he left in May 2014.
- Appointed Greece manager after the 2014 World Cup on a two-year contract but reverted to his ‘Tinkerman’ policy of making constant changes and lasted only four months. A Euro 2016 qualifying defeat at home to the Faroe Islands ended his reign.
- Took over as Leicester City boss in July, 2015 on a three-year deal with the stated aim of keeping the club up. Despite repeating that his target was 40 points and Premier League survival, he took his team of unsung heroes to their first top flight title to stun the soccer world after they started the season at odds of 5,000-1 to be champions.
- Leicester were never expected to repeat their unlikely feat but their league form the following season slumped alarmingly, leaving them just above the relegation zone. Despite winning their Champions League group and battling to a 2-1 defeat in their last 16 first-leg tie at Sevilla, Ranieiri was sacked.
- Joined Nantes in June 2017 after receiving special dispensation from the French league as he was over the manager’s age limit of 65.
- Under Ranieri, Nantes were third in the Ligue 1 standings after 10 games and stayed in the top five during the first half of the campaign, but a drop in form saw them slip to ninth. He left the club by mutual consent at the end of the season.
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Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris