He created everlasting memories for Leicester and Premier League fans alike with his miraculous title triumph in 2015/16. 5000/1, but Claudio Ranieri had done it against all odds.
Now, after two consequently unsuccessful spells in France and back in England, the Tinkerman has returned to his native Italy, more specifically Rome after eight years gallivanting around Europe.
Roma have appointed Ranieri to replace Eusebio Di Francesco until the end of 2018/19. Di Francesco was sacked after a poor season at the Stadio Olympico which has seen the side slump to 5th in Serie A and get knocked out of the Champions League by Porto.
At the age of 67 and with bundles of footballing experience, will the veteran manager be able to improve the Giallorossi and stay beyond the end of this season?
Ranieri was written off from the get-go by the pundits and the English media when he was appointed manager of the Foxes in 2015. We all know how that turned out…
But aside from that, the Italian will certainly improve his boyhood side’s defensive woes. Roma have conceded 36 goals this season in Serie A, more than any other side in the top seven. Known for his defensively sound and organised sides, Ranieri can help make them more secure at the back. I mean, he made Wes Morgan look world class for a season. Might I say more?
Not to mention, even if his tactics are open to criticism on occasions, there is no doubt the former Chelsea manager is a charismatic individual on and off the pitch. His ability to alleviate pressure from his players is admirable with his humorous and optimistic attitude when dealing with the media is not commonplace nowadays.
As unorthodox as his methods may be (buying his players pizza if they got a clean sheet!), Ranieri is certainly capable of inspiring a side to perform well with incentives. Roma fans will hope he can work this magic for their side.
It’s impossible not to like Ranieri as a neutral. The classic underdog story and an unforgettable journey at the King Power Stadium which will be remembered for generations to come. But aside from THAT freak season, the stats and facts don’t make good reading for the Italian.
Take a look at his last job at Fulham for example. He won just 3 games out of the 17 in charge, leaving the Cottagers now doomed for relegation and no better than they were under Slavisa Jokanovic. Ranieri was meant to solidify them defensively, but he sadly couldn’t turn Denis Odoi into a prime John Terry.
Before that, the Italian hardly set the world alight; a 9th place finish with Ligue 1 side Nantes all he could muster. Even his first spell at the Stadio Olympico, he fell out with Francesco Totti, blew a lead at the top of Serie A and lost both the Coppa Italia Final and Supercoppa Italiana. Hardly a serial winner.
We’ve all learnt never to write Claudio Ranieri off, but this time around, it’s unlikely he will stay beyond the end of the season with Roma. His style of football is old-fashioned and his track record as a manager (for the most part) is average at best. We hope he succeeds and secures the job permanently, but it hardly seems likely.
“Dilly Ding Dilly Dong!”One of Claudio’s most famous quotes
This next job with Roma will be his 20th as a manager and the fact the majority of his jobs haven’t been roaring successes won’t exactly fill Giallorossi fans with confidence.
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