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Ranieri Returns to Italy

The Di Francesco era at Roma is officially over. He was replaced after the Champions League loss to FC Porto. Roma was up on aggregate entering the game and eventually ended up falling to the Portuguese side in extra time after goals on aggregate were all evened up. The ironic thing is if Roma were to score in the extra time to tie the game then we would not have seen penalties thanks to the away goal rule. It would have been a spectacular site to see after Roma conceded in the second frame of extra time had they been able to claw a goal back, this article would probably not even be written. I firmly believe that if the Giallorossi had somehow managed to advance then Di Francesco would still be in charge of the club today. However, he is not, and new era has officially begun.

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Roma welcomes back a club legend, Claudio Ranieri. Granted he only appeared in six matches for the Roman side but he also managed the side from 2009-2011, and it is say to safe that a true Romanite has returned to the Wolves. Ranieri has been all over the world to manage, he has managed some of the best sides in Italian Football, English Football, and Spanish Football. The man is an absolute legend as a manager. Some of the squads he has had the privelege of managing are: Juventus, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Roma, Inter, Monaco, Leicester, and Fulham. This man is a doggone world traveler.

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The one big thing to point out about Ranieri’s managerial career is the fact he rarely stays at the same club for long stretches of time. The longest managerial position Ranieri has held was his years at Chelsea (2000-2004) and Fiorentina (1993-1997). His managerial record however, is quite good, he has managed over 1,000 games and has a win percentage of 44.99% (the fuckers really could not round it up to 45%, shame)

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Over those 1,000 plus games he has won a total of 476, lost a total of 295, and drew a total of 287. I would say that is a pretty damn good split considering the numbers should even out over the years. The man knows what it takes to win, plain and simple. The most crucial thing is he has not managed the greatest sides in the world for the most part, he is a journeyman. We are talking about the guy who helped guide Leicester to the Premier League title when nobody thought it was possible. He is a players manager but he also is a winner, and he gets the best out of players who are not necessarily the best in the world or even the best in their league. No one knew who the hell N’Golo Kante was before he played under Ranieri, and that man just helped lead France to a World Cup. Jamie Vardy starting his party under Ranieri, Mahrez, the list goes on and on.

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I am happy that Ranieri is taking over the reigns at Roma, I believe he can get the best out of the guys and push them to compete for a Champions League spot for next season. I think he may only last two or three years but that gives enough time for de Rossi to retire and come back and be the manager of the future.

Chat sh*t with Bond on Twitter @tybond16.

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