Ranieri couldn’t reject Roma offer

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham reacts(L) as Ralph Hasenhuettl, Manager of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St Mary's Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham reacts(L) as Ralph Hasenhuettl, Manager of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St Mary's Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

According to the Italian manager, he wouldn’t have accepted a 12-game job from any other club but Roma.

Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked as Roma manager after the team was knocked out of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

And to replace him, the Italian Lega Serie A club signed Claudio Ranieri, who accepted a 12-game contract from the team.

“I wouldn’t take this job if it was another club rather than Roma. I only accepted these conditions because it was this club called,” he told Goal.

“I would have never accepted a 12-game job from any other club. But if Roma calls me, I have to say yes.”

Roma is currently in the fifth position of the Serie A with 44 points, after 12 wins in 26 matches, eight draws and six defeats.

“Obviously I’m feeling a bit emotional being here again. The reason why I keep doing this job is just that it gives me emotions,” he continued.

“What I can say about coming back to Rome is that a manager, when he joins a new club, always wants to work harder in his job to immediately understand the new setting.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Mauricio Pochettino manager / head coach of Tottenham Hotspur applauds during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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“We are delighted to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the club,” president Jim Pallotta 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,” Pallotta concluded.

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