CLAUDIO RANIERI has been appointed as the new manager of Roma – less than a fortnight after he was sacked by Fulham.
Ranieri was dumped by the West London club 11 days ago following a disastrous reign in charge at Craven Cottage.
But the 67-year-old has walked straight into one of the biggest jobs in Italian football by being handed the job at Roma until the end of the season.
It will be the second time the Premier League winning boss has taken charge of the club he supported as a child, having spent 18 months in charge between 2009-2011.
He said: “I’m happy to be back home. When Roma calls you it’s impossible to say no.”
Roma president Jim Pallotta has told Ranieri to deliver qualification for the Champions League next season.
Pallotta had sacked Eusebio Di Fransesco this week after the crashed out of the tournament by losing to Porto, with the club fifth in Serie A.
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Pallott said: “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.”