Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Ex- Leicester Boss Claudio Ranieri To Become Manager Of Nantes

Half a year after being fired as Leicester City manager, the man behind the biggest fairytale in English football has found a new job.
Claudio Ranieri is set to become the next manager of Ligue 1 club Nantes.

But there's only one thing that's standing in the way of Ranieri's move: his age.

He's 65 years old, which means French Football Federation first have to give permission for Ranieri to take on the job.

The FFF rules state that clubs cannot appoint managers who are over the age of 65 - and Ranieri turned that age in October last year.

Nantes had asked for a special dispensation and according to reports in Europe, it was finally agreed to by the FFF on Tuesday.

This had been done before, when Lens were allowed to appoint veteran coach Guy Roux.

Ranieri has experience of working in France, overseeing Monaco's promotion to Ligue 1 in 2012-13 and then guiding them to second place behind Paris St-Germain the following season before being released.

Nantes will be Ranieri's 17th job in a managerial career that has spanned 31 years and has included all the major Italian clubs except AC Milan.

Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Valencia twice are the other clubs he has managed outside Italy during that time.

His league win with Leicester - which came after a dismal spell in charge of Greece - remains his only top-flight title.

Nantes have won the French title eight times but have not done so since 2001, which was their last major honour.

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