Ranieri resigns from Roma

Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri

Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri has resigned from his position as manager of Roma with immediate effect following his side’s 4-3 loss away from home against Genoa.

Ranieri’s Roma side had at one stage been leading by three goals before eventually collapsing as they lost with just five minutes to go, leaving the Italian capital club in eighth place in Serie A, six points and four places off a Champions League position with 14 matches remaining.

This result follows a 3-2 loss at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last 16 first leg, which leaves the club with an uphill battle to make it through to the quarter-finals.

Ranieri had been in charge at the Stadio Olimpico since the start of the 2009/10 season and had led “i Giallorossi” to victory in over half of their matches during that period, while they lost just 11 times under the 59 year old.

Prior to taking the reins at Roma, Ranieri had managed Juventus for the past two seasons following their return to the Italian topflight, before that the former defender had rescued Parma from relegation the previous season as he took over in mid February 2007 and saw his side win seven and draw six of their remaining 16 matches as they survived the drop.

Ranieri’s longest spell in charge of a club, and possibly his most famous as well, was the four seasons he spent at the helm of Chelsea in the Premier League. During his time at Stamford Bridge he led the club in 199 matches, 107 of which they won, however he was unable to win a trophy during his spell in London, which could well have been part of the reason why he departed the clun following the first season of Roman Abramovich’s ownership of the club.

During a managerial career that started in 1987 the Rome born manager has spent time in the dugout in charge of clubs in Italy, England, and Spain, and has won Serie B twice, the Coppa Italia and the Coppa Italia Serie C, the Italian Super Cup, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Interototo Cup.

With a good record at the highest level and being one of the most respected managers in football, Ranieri is likely to be a sought after man, by clubs at both ends of tables throughout Europe, if of course he wishes to take up a further challenge.

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