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Farewell to Fulham for Claudio Ranieri, he will always have Leicester

Dilly-ding dilly-dong man unable to retrieve the magic from his well-travelled suitcase but Fulham should have known relegation battles are not the Italian’s forteClaudio Ranieri will always be remembered with affection in England – his 2016 title win …

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Claudio Ranieri facing sack as Fulham manager after 16 Premier League games

• Italian set to depart after three and a half months in the job• Scott Parker asked to take charge of team for rest of seasonClaudio Ranieri is set to be sacked by Fulham, with the club’s directors and supporters having lost confidence in him. The fin…

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Claudio Ranieri facing sack as Fulham manager after 16 Premier League games

• Italian set to depart after three and a half months in the job• Scott Parker asked to take charge of team for rest of seasonClaudio Ranieri is set to be sacked by Fulham, with the club’s directors and supporters having lost confidence in him. The fin…

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Claudio Ranieri struggling to reinvent Fulham as he urges forward momentum | Jacob Steinberg

The Italian coach arrived in November but has yet to make his ideas count, with his team now seven points from safetyClaudio Ranieri is a man in a hurry. Fulham’s manager will be unhappy if he sees his team playing like a bad Manchester City tribute ac…

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Ranieri rues Fulham’s ‘inexperience’ in last-gasp loss to Tottenham – video

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri was left extremely frustrated after seeing his side throw away a point late on against Tottenham.Harry Winks was the hero for Spurs hero with a last-gasp winner in his side’s 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage.Ranieri was left…

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Claudio Ranieri puts burgers on menu to beef up Fulham survival mission

The Tinkerman got a pizza the action in his Leicester miracle but knows he must up the ante to save Fulham from relegationThere has been little to light up Craven Cottage this season, but on a shale-grey November afternoon Claudio Ranieri was a one-man…

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Slavisa Jokanovic deserved more time to transform Fulham’s fortunes | Eni Aluko

All too often the very manager who brought success is the one who makes way at the first bump in the roadThe fact we had entered November and not seen a single manager sacked in the Premier League made for a refreshing change. All too often, dismissals…

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Claudio Ranieri’s journey to Fulham and back to the Premier League – video profile

Fulham have appointed Claudio Ranieri as manager in a bid to end an alarming run of form that has seen the club take five points from 12 matches this season.Best known for leading Leicester City to their first ever Premier League title, Ranieri ha…

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Claudio Ranieri fastens in for Premier League homecoming at Fulham | Amy Lawrence

The new manager cannot expect to repeat the success of his Leicester days but will hope his experience helps elicit a quick reaction from the struggling west London sideHi Claudio. Welcome back to a place you loved, and where you were loved. The Ranier…

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Fulham appoint Claudio Ranieri as manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic

• Ranieri described as ‘risk-free’ appointment by owner• Jokanovic dismissed with Fulham bottom of tableFulham have appointed Claudio Ranieri as their manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic. The Italian, who led Leicester to the Premier League title i…

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Shouting at the tide: the addictive myth of in-game managerial efficacy | Andrew Anthony

Whether results are good or bad, we fixate on the idea that managers are accountable for what happens on the pitch. But how much can they really change after the whistle blows?This weekend, in keeping with most others, a much-scrutinised if seldom enli…

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Antonio Conte brands José Mourinho ‘little man’ and ‘fake’ in new attack

• Conte hits back at Manchester United manager over match-fixing jibe• Chelsea manager calls Mourinho’s show of support for Claudio Ranieri fakeAntonio Conte has branded José Mourinho a “little man” and a “fake” in an astonishing escalation of the verb…

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Claudio Ranieri is tinkering his way towards European football at Nantes

Nantes began the season with two defeats but Claudio Ranieri has developed them into a solid outfit who look likely to challenge for a Europa League spotBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsClaudio Ranieri’s dismissal from Leicester…

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Matty James: ‘I was in so much pain I’ll remember it for the rest of my life’

The Leicester City midfielder is savouring his return to the side and dreaming of an England call-up after tortuous 865 days left him at breaking point

Amid all the euphoria that accompanied those wild celebrations at the King Power Stadium on the evening that Leicester City were crowned champions of England, it escaped unnoticed that one player was struggling to hold everything together. “I felt I didn’t deserve to be there, to be pictured,” Matty James says. “If you ask Danny Drinkwater, when I lifted the Premier League trophy I went to him, he had me in his arms and I was in tears. I was crying my eyes out, purely because I had no part to play in it whatsoever.”

James spent that entire season – the most famous in Leicester’s history – on the sidelines, physically unable to contribute after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the penultimate home game of the previous campaign and mentally tormented by the once-in-a-lifetime experience that was unfolding on the pitch while he was fighting to save his career. “I was going home thinking: ‘What is going on here? The club is going to win the Premier League and I’m nowhere near it,’” James says. “It wasn’t that I didn’t want it to happen. But it was hard because I felt like I was on a rollercoaster going all the way down and the club was going in the opposite direction.”

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Nabil Fékir and Lyon ‘has-beens’ lay down early Ligue 1 marker

Lyon top the table after Ligue 1’s first match day after a 4-0 win over Strasbourg – an emphatic validation for their reconfigured attack

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

It seemed too familiar for Lyon in the early going, even if the faces were different. Nabil Fékir is flagged offside, Mariano Díaz finds himself in a good position but shoots straight into the hands of the Strasbourg goalkeeper Bingourou Kamara, and Memphis Depay, hugging the touchline, foolishly concedes a throw-in. Fékir and Lyon’s three other attackers, Depay, Díaz and Bertrand Traoré, looked set to dazzle without any end product, their skill on the ball for nought as they struggled to break down a side who looked dangerous on the counter.

Without the sublime finishing of Alexandre Lacazette and the inventiveness of Mathieu Valbuena, Lyon’s attack looked dire indeed, portending a potentially long season of underachievement. It also seemed set to offer a firm rebuke to the club’s hierarchy as to their buying strategy. The sums Lyon recouped for Lacazette and the midfielder Corentin Tolisso were impressive but in turning them into Traoré and Díaz, having bought Depay in January, the team’s tactic of purchasing younger players (Fekir, a month past his 24th birthday, was the oldest player in the front six on Saturday) who had seemingly failed to live up to their potential at the world’s biggest clubs looked a specious policy.

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Claudio Ranieri has a new job: repeat the Leicester City miracle at Nantes

When Sergio Conceição swapped Nantes for Porto, the French club needed to replace him with a manager with a big aura. They chose the Tinkerman

By Adam White for Get French Football News, of the Guardian Sport Network

“Stupefied” was how Nantes president Waldemar Kita described himself upon learning that his club’s manager, Sergio Conceição, wanted to leave this summer. Kita’s surprise was warranted; Conceição had been at the club for just six months – time enough for him to quietly instigate a revolution – and he had signed a new three-year contract just days before.

Conceição had taken over last December after René Girard’s limp stewardship of the club had come to an end after a 6-0 defeat at home to Lyon. They were second from bottom, facing a relegation scuffle and barely treading water until Conceição took over. He ramped up the intensity in the squad, moulded them into an aggressive, attacking outfit and dragged them to an outstanding seventh-place finish with the air of a parent who was furious to discover his children had been misbehaving at school.

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Claudio Ranieri returns to football after Nantes given green light

• Former Leicester City manager given special dispensation
• Italian exceeds current age limit for coaches in France

Claudio Ranieri is back in football after the French league gave Nantes permission to appoint the 65-year-old.

The former Leicester manager, who was sacked less than a season after leading them to a Premier League title, is believed to have signed a two-year deal after the Ligue de Football Professionnel gave special dispensation for the club to appoint a manager over the age of 65.

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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Craig Shakespeare’s conscience clear over Claudio Ranieri Leicester claims

• Leicester focus on Champions League quarter-final at Atlético Madrid
• Shakespeare: ‘My stance is still the same. We never had a falling out’

Craig Shakespeare, preparing to take Leicester City into one of the biggest matches in the club’s history, insisted he was “quite comfortable with my own conscience,” after claims by Claudio Ranieri that an unnamed member of his backroom staff may have contributed to his sacking in February.

Ranieri’s remarks that “somebody behind me” might have undermined him created an awkward backdrop for Shakespeare, the Italian’s assistant last season, when he arrived in Spain for the first leg of Leicester’s Champions League quarter-final against Atlético Madrid at Estadio Vicente Calderón.

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