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Fulham Announce Claudio Ranieri As New Manager After Sacking Slavisa Jokanovic

Fulham Announce Claudio Ranieri As New Manager After Sacking Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic and appointed Claudio Ranieri.
The English football club currently sit bottom of the English Premier League table after only one win this season.
It has prompted Shahid Khan, Chairman of Fulham Football Club to act and appoint Ranieri.

Ranieri praised the quality in the squad and thanked Khan for the opportunity.
Ranieri said: "It is an honour to accept Mr. Khan's invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history. 

"The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed. This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table. 

"I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage."
Khan said: "I wasn't anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slavisa and wish the circumstances were such that I didn't have to, but our path this season has led me to make what I know is the correct decision, at the right time, for our players, the club and our supporters. 

"Slavisa will always have my appreciation and respect for everything he did to return Fulham to top-flight football.  

"I am hoping everyone in the Fulham Family shares my heartfelt sentiments for Slavisa and joins me in wishing him success and good fortune, wherever his next stop may be.  

"Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option, so having someone of Claudio's calibre ready to accept our challenge was comforting but, most of all, essential.  

"Claudio is risk-free and ready-made for the Premier League, and particularly so for what we need at this moment at Fulham.   

"His recent body of work with Leicester City is literally legendary, and then you look at Claudio's experience with Chelsea and big clubs throughout Europe, and it's pretty evident we are welcoming an extraordinary football man at Fulham FC."
Ranieri left Nantes in May after one season at the French club he joined after he was sacked by Leicester.

On his return to management on Wednesday, ex-England and Leicester striker Gary Lineker joked:

"Claudio Ranieri? Really?" in reference to his reaction to the Italian's appointment at the King Power.

One football fan joked:

"What price are Fulham to win the league," while another lamented the sacking of Jokanovic, claiming:
"No one expected Fulham to get promoted to the EPL. Jokanovic over achieved & was a victim of his own success.

"No one expected Leicester to win the EPL. Ranieri over achieved & was a victim of his own success. Football forgets too quickly."
The first game in charge for the 67-year-old Italian will be against fellow strugglers Southampton after the international break.

Why did they appoint Ranieri? What will he do for the club? For me, Ranieri is not a miracle-signs and wonders worker, so I don't see him preforming any magic for that club that's already doomed for relegation before the season even started. 

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