Fulham Appoint Ranieri as Manager
English Premier League strugglers Fulham sacked Manager Slavisa Jokanovic and appointed former Leicester supremo Claudio Ranieri on Wednesday.
Jokanovic, a 50-year-old Serbian, led Fulham back into England’s top flight in May 2018 but the Londoners currently sit bottom of the table with just five points from 12 games.
It is Ranieri’s second appointment since leading Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, the Italian having been sacked by French Ligue 1 side Nantes earlier this year.
“Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option,” said Fulham chairman Shahid Khan.
“So having someone of Claudio’s calibre ready to accept our challenge was comforting but, most of all, essential.
“Claudio is risk-free and ready-made for the Premier League, and particularly so for what we need at this moment at Fulham.
“His recent body of work with Leicester City is literally legendary, and then you look at Claudio’s experience with Chelsea and big clubs throughout Europe, and it’s pretty evident we are welcoming an extraordinary football man to Fulham Football Club.”
Khan said he and his son Tony Khan, the club’s Vice Chairman and director of football operations, spoke with a number of potential candidates over the past week.
“It is an honour to accept Mr Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history,” said Ranieri, who spent last season in charge of French club Nantes.
“The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.
“This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table.”
Ranieri’s first game in charge will see Fulham host Southampton at Craven Cottage on Saturday, 24 November.
“I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage,” he added.
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