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Claudio Ranieri set for return to management with Nantes

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Claudio Ranieri will make his return to management in football with Nantes after his prompt dismissal from the helm of Leicester City.

Ranieri would take over the French club from Sergio Conceicao after the former Portugal winger left Nantes in order to take over at his home country club of Porto.

Conceicao, 42, had only taken charge of the Ligue 1 club in December 2016 but also immediately oversaw four straight wins in the league as they finished seventh in France’s top tier.

In his place, former Leicester manager Ranieri is believed to have signed a two-year deal after the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) gave special dispensation for the club to appoint a manager over the age of 65.

LFP had rules dictating that coaches aged 65 or over cannot be employed by league clubs, but at Nantes’s appeal they released a statement which read: “The LFP’s legal commission have decided to authorise the signing of a professional contract between Monsieur Ranieri and Nantes.”

Ranieri has prior 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.

His post in Nantes will be his 16th job in in a managerial career that has spanned 31 years and has included all the major Italian clubs except AC Milan, with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Valencia twice are the other clubs he has managed outside Italy during that time.

The Italian was also Leicester City boss guided the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2015-16 when the club defied odds of up to 5,000-1, but was sacked in February with the club battling relegation after a run of five league losses in a row.

Prandelli refused Leicester offer over treatment of Ranieri

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Cesare Prandelli, former head coach of Italy claimed he turned down an approach from Leicester City to discuss taking over as manager “after seeing how [Claudio] Ranieri was treated”.

Ranieri was sacked by Leicester in February, nine months after leading the Foxes to what was arguably the most remarkable Premier League title in football history by defying 5,000-1 odds.

Prandelli said that Leicester dumped Ranieri despite the latter having “achieved something extraordinary”, saying that: “[Ranieri is] a coach who won a memorable, historic title and is then dumped after a few months.”

When asked in an interview on the French television channel SFR Sport whether Leicester had approached him, Ranieri’s Italian compatriot Prandelli promptly replied: “I immediately said no. You don’t accept a job like that. You don’t go there [Leicester] after seeing how Ranieri was treated. I am not going there. Full stop.”

Prandelli is not the only manager to express disappointment over Ranieri’s dismissal. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho offered Ranieri his public support, while Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp said: “I have no idea why Leicester did this.”

Ranieri’s assistant, Craig Shakespeare, took over as Leicester manager on a temporary basis and secured the job until the end of the season after the team defeated Liverpool and Hull City in the League.

Shakespeare has since led Leicester into the Champions League quarter-finals, where they will face Atletico Madrid, and eased relegation fears with a 3-2 victory at West Ham United on Saturday.

Craig Shakespeare is Leicester manager until end of season

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Leicester City caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare will be offered the role of permanent manager at the club until the end of the season.

Shakespeare, 53, was former manager Claudio Ranieri’s assistant until the title-winning manager was sacked in February.

After failing to register a single goal in the Premier League since the turn of the calendar year, Shakespeare took charge of the Foxes from Ranieri and the team won both their league games since — beginning with a 3-1 victory over 4th placed Liverpool.

Previously lagging at the relegation zone, the wins lifted Leicester 3 places above and five points above 18th place Middlesbrough.

Shakespeare, who was brought to Leicester by Ranieri’s predecessor Nigel Pearson, has no experience in managing at full-time capacity. Nonetheless, the instant turnaround of player performances and match results would ease pressure on the club owners and Jon Rudkin, the director of football, as they look to recruit a permanent and long-term replacement for Ranieri before the end of the season.

On the other hand, while it is clear that Shakespeare’s appointment is a temporary solution and primarily to ensure Premier League survival, he could yet improve his chances to stay on as Leicester takes on Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie next week.

With a precious away goal in the first leg, a 1-0 victory over Sevilla at the King Power stadium could send the Foxes into the Champions League quarter-finals in what will be the most important fixture in their 133-year history.

Leicester City in managerial limbo after Ranieri dismissal

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Leicester City is danger of going forward without a manager after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

The managerless club, who sits in the relegation zone with 21 points, would host Liverpool later today led by caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare, who took charge after Ranieri’s sacking.

The Foxes had dismissed the Italian despite his leadership of the club to their first ever Premier League title against odds numbering from 5,000 to 1.

Some players were summoned to meet Leicester’s chairman after Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Sevilla in the Champions League and Ranieri’s fate was sealed by the negative reaction.

As a result, at least one manager had already ruled himself out of being a possible candidate for the job.

Martin O’Neill, coach of the Republic of Ireland and a former Leicester coach, also criticised that Premier League footballers are “really powerful”.

“Even in this day and age, why should they go to the owners of the football club?” He asked. “I am really enjoying being an international manager and we have a job to do. I wouldn’t be going. I am enjoying this at the moment.”

Guus Hiddink was another candidate reluctant to take the job at Leicester despite reports that his representatives have been approached over the weekend by Leicester officials.

The Dutchman indicated several times during his second spell at Chelsea that he was intent on retiring after nearly three decades in management, which mean that the Premier League champions would turn to caretaker Craig Shakespeare to take charge on a permanent basis.

Prediction:
Leicester City 0 — 2 Liverpool