Football: Fulham appoint Claudio Ranieri as manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic

Claudio Ranieri led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016.
Claudio Ranieri led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (THE GUARDIAN) - Fulham have appointed Claudio Ranieri as their manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic.

Ranieri, who led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016 and has also managed Chelsea, takes over with the club bottom of the Premier League.

Jokanovic has been dismissed after taking five points from 12 matches this season. He led Fulham to promotion last season.

Fulham said Ranieri had signed a "multi-year contract" and their owner, Shahid Khan, said: "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."

Ranieri was most recently in charge of Nantes, where he left by mutual consent last May after one season, in which the club finished ninth. He was dismissed by Leicester in February 2017, less than a year after winning the title.

"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."