Claudio Ranieri has sealed a surprise return to football management by becoming the new head coach of Serie A strugglers Sampdoria.
Ranieri’s shock comeback comes just five days after Sampdoria fired Eusebio Di Francesco following a dreadful start. In fact, they only managed a single win in seven games to sit bottom in the Serie A standings.
The Blucerchiati had originally targetted new AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli and Gennaro Gattuso, who left the very same club in the summer. However, both men turned down the role.
Therefore, Sampdoria have turned to Ranieri in a bid to revive their fortunes this season. The Italian has agreed on a two-year contract, which allegedly has a clause that allows him to leave if the club are relegated.
Ironically, it will be the second time in the space of seven months that Ranieri has replaced Di Francesco having done so at AS Roma in March on a caretaker basis.
— U.C. Sampdoria (@sampdoria) October 12, 2019
“President Massimo Ferrero and UC Sampdoria welcome Claudio Ranieri, who has signed on to the club as coach until June 30, 2021,” read a club statement.
“The President wishes the coach, his staff and the team good luck with work based on commitment and passion.”
Coincidentally, Ranieri will make his Sampdoria debut at home to old club Roma on his 68th birthday on October 20.
The former Chelsea and Leicester City boss has a record of 169 wins, 126 draws and 98 defeats in 393 Serie A games.