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Ranieri leaving Nantes after one year in charge

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – French first-division club Nantes on Thursday confirmed that manager Claudio Ranieri would be leaving at the end of the season after one year in charge.

“The club and the coach have decided to separate by mutual agreement,” president Waldemar Kita said in a statement.

Ranieri leaving Nantes after one year in charge

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – French first-division club Nantes on Thursday confirmed that manager Claudio Ranieri would be leaving at the end of the season after one year in charge.

“The club and the coach have decided to separate by mutual agreement,” president Waldemar Kita said in a statement.

Thauvin strikes late to rescue Marseille draw with Nantes

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Paris (AFP) – Florian Thauvin struck deep into injury-time to snatch Marseille a 1-1 draw with Nantes on Sunday that keeps them five points clear of Lyon in the race for the Champions League.

Rudi Garcia’s OM had a chance to move seven points clear in the third and final slot for next season’s Champions League, after fourth-placed Lyon’s 1-1 draw at Montpellier.

Conte, Mancini and or Di Biagio on Italy coach shortlist

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Florence (Italy) (AFP) – Italy’s new coach will be Antonio Conte or Roberto Mancini or Luigi Di Biagio, Italian federation vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said on Wednesday.

“We plan on appointing the new coach by June. Conte, Mancini or Di Biagio? These are the names, it won’t be anyone else,” said Costacurta at Italy’s Coverciano training camp outside Florence.

Conte, Mancini and or Di Biagio on Italy coach shortlist

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Florence (Italy) (AFP) – Italy’s new coach will be Antonio Conte or Roberto Mancini or Luigi Di Biagio, Italian federation vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said on Wednesday.

“We plan on appointing the new coach by June. Conte, Mancini or Di Biagio? These are the names, it won’t be anyone else,” said Costacurta at Italy’s Coverciano training camp outside Florence.

Puel challenges Leicester to be best of the rest

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London (AFP) – Leicester manager Claude Puel has challenged the former Premier League champions to win the “second championship” as the club prepare for the run-in to the end of the season.

The Foxes astonished football under Claudio Ranieri when they shunted English football’s aristocrats aside to win the title in 2016 but the “Big Six” have flexed their muscles and the top of the table has a familiar look.

Ranieri says ready to quit Nantes to become Italy coach

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Milan (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to an unlikely English Premier League title, has revealed he is ready to quit French Ligue 1 club Nantes if he is asked to become Italy coach.

The 66-year-old has been one of the names touted as a possible replacements for Gian Piero Ventura who was forced to resign after Italy’s shock failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

Dante breaks duck and Nice losing streak

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Paris (AFP) – Nice captain Dante scored his first Ligue 1 goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes on Sunday to snap a four-match losing run.

The result bumped Nantes back up to fifth, while Mario Balotelli’s Nice - who lost 3-2 to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League on Thursday - are ninth after halting their recent slide.

Six in running for Italy coaching job – Costacurta

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Milan (AFP) – Italian football federation sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said Thursday there were “six or seven names” in the hat for the Italy coaching job.

Former AC Milan defender Costacurta has been given the task of finding a successor to Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Ranieri apologises after manhandling official

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Paris (AFP) – Nantes head coach Claudio Ranieri admitted he “deserved” to be sent to the stands after his dismissal during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Angers for putting his hands on the fourth official.

With the Italian’s side leading in the 50th minute, Ranieri was sent off for remonstrating with the official on the sidelines.

Ranieri set for Monaco reunion as PSG look to power on

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Paris (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admits he has “fantastic memories” of coaching Monaco as his Nantes side prepare to host the faltering reigning champions in a midweek round of games in Ligue 1.

The Italian was appointed by Monaco in 2012 and lasted two seasons in the principalty, winning Ligue 2 and leading them to promotion in his first campaign before taking them to second place on their return to Ligue 1.

Ranieri set for Monaco reunion as PSG look to power on

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Paris (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admits he has “fantastic memories” of coaching Monaco as his Nantes side prepare to host the faltering reigning champions in a midweek round of games in Ligue 1.

The Italian was appointed by Monaco in 2012 and lasted two seasons in the principalty, winning Ligue 2 and leading them to promotion in his first campaign before taking them to second place on their return to Ligue 1.

Ranieri plots downfall of unbeaten PSG

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Paris (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri, the wily Italian who masterminded Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League triumph, hopes to spring another surprise when his Nantes side visit French leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.

Since his arrival at Nantes in June, Ranieri has built on the club’s strong second half of last season under then-coach Sergio Conceicao to guide them to within two points of the Champions League spots.

New boss Puel aims for consistency at Leicester

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London (AFP) – New Leicester boss Claude Puel said on Friday he aims to bring consistency to the club after a rollercoaster few years in which they have dodged relegation and won the Premier League before struggling again.

Leicester won the Championship in 2014, staved off relegation the following season against the odds and then became Premier League champions in a fairytale 2015-2016 season under Claudio Ranieri.

Appleton makes winning start to Leicester stint

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City won 2-1 at Swansea City on Saturday in their first match since the dismissal of manager Craig Shakespeare.

Caretaker manager Michael Appleton was in the dug-out at the Liberty Stadium to see his side end a run of six Premier League games without victory.

Leicester sack manager Craig Shakespeare – reports

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London (AFP) – Leicester City sacked manager Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday after just four months in charge of the former Premier League champions, British media reported.

Shakespeare, 53, replaced Claudio Ranieri on a caretaker basis in February and was handed a three-year contract in June.

Leicester sack manager Craig Shakespeare – reports

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London (AFP) – Leicester City sacked manager Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday after just four months in charge of the former Premier League champions, British media reported.

Shakespeare, 53, replaced Claudio Ranieri on a caretaker basis in February and was handed a three-year contract in June.

Mahrez snatches draw for struggling Leicester City

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Riyad Mahrez’s first Premier League goal of the season secured Leicester a 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday but it was not enough to lift the 2016 champions out of the bottom three.

The Algerian international - who had missed a sitter earlier in the match - struck 10 minutes from time but the draw extended the Foxes winless streak to six which was the same run that saw Claudio Ranieri sacked months after delivering them their remarkable title triumph.

Mahrez snatches draw for struggling Leicester City

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Riyad Mahrez’s first Premier League goal of the season secured Leicester a 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday but it was not enough to lift the 2016 champions out of the bottom three.

The Algerian international - who had missed a sitter earlier in the match - struck 10 minutes from time but the draw extended the Foxes winless streak to six which was the same run that saw Claudio Ranieri sacked months after delivering them their remarkable title triumph.

Ulloa signs new deal to complete Leicester revival

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London (AFP) – Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa completed his return to favour with the Premier League club as the Argentine striker signed a contract extension on Thursday.

Less than a year after appearing destined to leave Leicester after falling out with then boss Claudio Ranieri, Ulloa’s new deal will keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2019.

Ulloa signs new deal to complete Leicester revival

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London (AFP) – Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa completed his return to favour with the Premier League club as the Argentine striker signed a contract extension on Thursday.

Less than a year after appearing destined to leave Leicester after falling out with then boss Claudio Ranieri, Ulloa’s new deal will keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2019.

Bielsa’s Lille slide to Caen defeat

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa suffered a second straight loss as Lille coach on Sunday as his side crashed to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against Caen.

The Argentine’s tenure began promisingly with an opening 3-0 win over Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes, but Lille then slumped to a chaotic 3-0 loss away to newly-promoted Strasbourg as three different players went in goal.

Bielsa’s Lille slide to Caen defeat

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa suffered a second straight loss as Lille coach on Sunday as his side crashed to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against Caen.

The Argentine’s tenure began promisingly with an opening 3-0 win over Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes, but Lille then slumped to a chaotic 3-0 loss away to newly-promoted Strasbourg as three different players went in goal.

Ocampos snatches Marseille win at injury-hit Nantes

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Paris (AFP) – Lucas Ocampos snatched a late 1-0 win for Marseille as Claudio Ranieri’s injury-depleted Nantes suffered their second Ligue 1 defeat of the new campaign on Saturday.

Marseille join Lyon - 2-1 winners at Rennes on Friday - provisionally top of Ligue 1 to give Rudi Garcia’s side a timely boost ahead of next week’s Europa League first playoff round game at Slovenia’s Domzale.

Restless Chelsea boss Conte fights to avoid sophomore slump

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London (AFP) – Fuelled by the personal intensity that inspired Chelsea’s return to the top, Antonio Conte has vowed to stop the champions becoming the latest victims of the Premier League’s sophomore slump.

A glance at recent Premier League history has provided all the motivation Conte requires as the Chelsea manager plots his team’s title defence, which gets under way against Burnley on Saturday.

Restless Chelsea boss Conte fights to avoid sophomore slump

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London (AFP) – Fuelled by the personal intensity that inspired Chelsea’s return to the top, Antonio Conte has vowed to stop the champions becoming the latest victims of the Premier League’s sophomore slump.

A glance at recent Premier League history has provided all the motivation Conte requires as the Chelsea manager plots his team’s title defence, which gets under way against Burnley on Saturday.

Ranieri’s Nantes ‘not ready’ for Ligue 1 opener

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admitted that his Nantes side are “not ready” for the start of the new season, as the Italian prepares to make his Ligue 1 bow on Sunday at Lille.

“We are not ready, but I’ve never known a team that’s been ready for the first day (of a season),” Ranieri said on Friday.

Ranieri’s Nantes ‘not ready’ for Ligue 1 opener

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admitted that his Nantes side are “not ready” for the start of the new season, as the Italian prepares to make his Ligue 1 bow on Sunday at Lille.

“We are not ready, but I’ve never known a team that’s been ready for the first day (of a season),” Ranieri said on Friday.

Forget what I did at Leicester, says new Nantes coach Ranieri

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri insists his incredible achievements at Leicester City count for nothing now that he has taken over at sleeping French giants Nantes, where he was unveiled as their new coach on Monday.

“I have missed being out on the pitch. But we must forget what I did at Leicester.

Ranieri sees great season ahead at Nantes

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri assured fans at his new club Nantes he was ready to work hard to get results and said the French club had the players and the passion to make next season a success.

Ranieri, the architect of Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League triumph in 2016, signed a two-year deal to become Nantes coach earlier Thursday.

Ranieri sees great season ahead at Nantes

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri assured fans at his new club Nantes he was ready to work hard to get results and said the French club had the players and the passion to make next season a success.

Ranieri, the architect of Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League triumph in 2016, signed a two-year deal to become Nantes coach earlier Thursday.

Nantes confirm Ranieri as new coach

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, the architect of the Foxes’ fairytale Premier League triumph, has signed a two-year deal to become the coach of Nantes, the French club confirmed on Thursday.

“FC Nantes are delighted to announced the arrival of Claudio Ranieri,” the club said on its website as the appointment of the 65-year-old Italian was made official.

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Shit Lookalikes: Google Doodle Of Carl Friedrich Gauss & Claudio Ranieri

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Reports: Leicester City Approached Claudio Ranieri To Return As Manager Eight Months After Sacking Him

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Reports are emanating in the Italian press that after dismissing Craig Shakespeare earlier this month, Leicester City went cap in hand back to Claudio Ranieri and asked him if he'd like to manage them again, eight months after sacking him nine months after winning the Premier League title.

Not To Be, That Is The Answer: Leicester City Sack Craig Shakespeare Just Four Months Into Permanent Tenure

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Looks like that half-and-half scarf was the final straw. Leicester City have sacked Craig Shakespeare as manager with the club lingering down in the Premier League relegation zone.

No official line has been forthcoming from the Foxes themselves as yet, but Matt Lawton, the Daily Mail's chief football scribe, seems fairly adamant.

‘Don’t Worry Leicester, We’ll Take Care Of Him’ – FC Nantes (Finally) Swear In Claudio Ranieri As New Head Coach

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Claudio Ranieri has sidestepped that odd bit of Ligue 1 regulation to formally join FC Nantes as their new head coach.

Ranieri's appointment was held up after it was discovered he may have been too old to take the job, but the French club have now obtained a derogation from the French Football Federation to allow the Italian to take charge on a two-year contract.

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News roundup: Bedoya talks U.S. failure, Falcao to ATL, and the coaching carousel

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Please! Could Arsenal land Spurs boss Pochettino?

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There is talk on social media linking Claudio Ranieri with a surprise move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, leading to speculation on the future of current boss Mauricio Pochettino. You would have to be living under a rock if you hadn't heard the news that Arsene Wenger is quitting the club after more than two [.

Claudio Ranieri drops a big hint that Lucas Moura is joining Man Utd

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Antonio Conte "back in" for English midfielder that he tried to sign for Chelsea 12-months ago?

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According to various reports, Antonio Conte has told Leicester City that he will not be held to ransom and pay more than £30m for midfielder Danny Drinkwater, a player he tried to sign last summer.

We all saw the first reports of a move by Chelsea to sign Danny Drinkwater from Leicester and, if we are honest, wondered why?