Roma has confirmed the appointment of former manager, Claudio Raineri as their new gaffer till the end of the season.
The 67-year-old was sacked by Fulham after just 106 days in charge but has now secured an immediate return to management with the club he supported as a boy.
“I’m delighted to be coming back home,” said Ranieri, who grew up supporting the team. “When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.” Ranieri, who led Leicester to the 2016 Premier League title, was fired by Fulham last week.
During his first spell in charge of Roma, Ranieri led the team to a second-place finish in Serie A, two points behind Inter Milan.
We are delighted to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the club,” Roma president James Pallotta said.
Roma fired De Francesco a day after the team lost to Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League.
That defeat came on the heels of a 3-0 loss to crosstown rival Lazio in Serie A, with the team fifth in the standings and in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League.
Roma sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, left the club on Friday.
We have one objective remaining this season and that is to finish in the highest possible league position and secure qualification for the Champions League,” Pallotta said.
“At this stage of the campaign, it was important to bring in a coach who knows the club, understands the environment, can speak the language and is able to motivate the players.
“Claudio ticks all of those boxes and he’s very excited to take on this challenge.” Ranieri’s first match in charge will be against relegation-threatened Empoli on Monday.