Report: Claudio Ranieri set for talks over Fulham future

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham 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)

Claudio Ranieri’s future in charge of Fulham will reportedly be discussed in a meeting today.

The Italian coach was brought in to replace Slavisa Jokanovic in the dugout following a dreadful start to life back in the Premier League for Fulham.

Under Jokanovic, the Cottagers had only managed a single win and were on a seven-match losing streak at the time of his dismissal.

But Ranieri has fared little better than his predecessor on the back of winning just three of his 17 matches in charge with 11 of them ending in defeat.

And things reached a boiling point in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Southampton with supporters holding a banner for the Fulham owner: “Risk-free? Are you watching Tony Khan?” (see the picture below).

The loss at St Mary’s leaves Fulham now 10 points adrift of safety in 19th-place in the Premier League table with just 10 games left to change their fate.

In light of this latest setback, Sky Sports reports that Ranieri will meet with the Fulham board for talks today to determine his future.

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The former Chelsea and Leicester City boss previously announced he will continue to fight for a great escape for Fulham, despite admitting his uncertainty over his future at Craven Cottage.

“My job? I don’t know. Ask the owner,” replied Ranieri, when asked about his Fulham future.

“I cannot understand what has happened this season. Always I am just working hard until it is mathematically impossible, we continue to fight. We must believe and we must stay together.

“When you start well, when you control the ball, then your opponent scores a goal and we lose ambition. We have to react.

“The players they are trying to do their best but that is not enough. We have to do something more. All my players are very, very frustrated because they push a lot, they run, then they concede a goal.”

Fulham will next host Chelsea at Craven Cottage in a Premier League match on Sunday.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Fulham fans hold up an Anti Tony Khan banner 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)