Fulham FC appoint Claudio Ranieri as new manager

Claudio Ranieri was named the new Fulham manager as Slaviša Jokanović was simultaneously sacked this morning.

Ranieri led Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016 and has been given a multi-year contract to lead Fulham.

“It is an honour to accept Mr. Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history,” Ranieri said.

“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.”

Jokanović led the club to two consecutive Play-Off appearances in the Sky Bet Championship and ensured promotion to the Premier League with win over Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium in May.

Chairman, Shahid Khan, said: “I wasn’t anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slaviša 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.

“Slaviša 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 Slaviša and joins me in wishing him success and good fortune, wherever his next stop may be.”

He added: “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 to Fulham Football Club.”

Fulham’s next match is Saturday 24 November against Southampton at Craven Cottage.

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