Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri announced as Roma head coach Just a day after the departure of head coach Eusebio Di Francesco
The 64 year old has been named the new coach of Roma until the end of the season.
The deal was finalised on Friday after his arrival at the Italian capital.
Claudio Ranieri took over from Eusebio Di Francesco, who was sacked in the wake of Roma’s Champions League exit at the hands of Porto this week. A game in which Roma had a 1-0 aggregate score advantage, but they couldn’t exploit the advantage as Porto put up a wonderful performance to ensure a 3-1 win over there now leaving a 4-3 final aggregate score (in Porto’s favor).
“We are delighted to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the club,” Roma president James Pallotta told the club’s website.
“We have one objective remaining this season and that is to finish in the highest possible league position and secure qualification for the Champions League.
“At this stage of the campaign, it was important to bring in a coach who knows the club, understands the environment, can speak the language and is able to motivate the players. Claudio ticks all of those boxes and he’s very excited to take on this challenge.”
Ranieri was in charge of Roma between 2009 and 2011, leading them to a second-place finish in Serie A and the Coppa Italia final in 2010.
The Premier League-winning former Leicester City manager was sacked by Fulham in February, with the club 19th in the Premier League.
“I’m delighted to be coming back home,” he said. “When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say ‘no’.”
Roma director Francesco Totti added: “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.”
Ranieri’s first game is a home Serie A match against Empoli on Monday.