Ranieri makes Premier League return
Posted: 14 November 2018 Time: 11:00
Fulham has announced the appointment of Claudio Ranieri to replace Slaviša Jokanović as manager of the struggling Premier League side.
Jokanovic departs from the Cottagers sitting bottom of the Premier League table with five points from 12 matches.
Ranieri, 67, returns to the English top-flight after a season with Ligue 1 side Nantes and will be tasked to save the London based outfit from relegation.
The veteran coach who famously led Leicester City to the title in his previous spell in England has revealed his delight upon his third stint in the division.
"It is an honour to accept Mr. Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history," Ranieri told the club's website.
"The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed. This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table.
"I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage."
Shahid Khan, club chairman added; "Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option, so having someone of Claudio's calibre ready to accept our challenge was comforting but, most of all, essential.
"Claudio is risk-free and ready-made for the Premier League, and particularly so for what we need at this moment at Fulham.
"His recent body of work with Leicester City is literally legendary, and then you look at Claudio's experience with Chelsea and big clubs throughout Europe, and it's pretty evident we are welcoming an extraordinary football man to Fulham Football Club."