Ranieri makes Roma return as Manager until July 2019

Roma signed the experienced Italian to replace the sacked Eusebio Di Francesco.

Claudio Ranieri makes a swift return to management, a week after his dismissal at premier league club Fulham.

The 67-year-old Italian was last week sacked by Fulham after recording just three wins from 17 Premier League games in charge. With the club set for relegation from the Premier League.

Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked on Thursday following the capital club’s Champions League exit against Porto.

Ranieri will now take charge until July 2019 for what will be his second spell in charge of the club he supported as a child, after an 18-month spell as head coach from 2009 to 2011.

On that occasion Ranieri guided Roma to a second-place finish in the league, coming close to winning the Scudetto in the process.

Upon his signing Ranieri said “I’m delighted to be coming back home,” “When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.”

Roma director Francesco Totti however, has backed the former Premier League winner to ensure they qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“Claudio’s from the city, he’s a Roma fan but more than that, he’s one of the most experienced coaches in world football,”
“What we need now is a safe pair of hands to guide us back into the top four and ensure that we are playing Champions League football again next season. We have 12 games left and we need to win as many of them as possible.”

Roma are currently fifth in Serie A, three points outside the top four. And are next in action at home to Empoli on Monday.

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