Claudio Ranieri is back in English football, less than two years after being unceremoniously sacked by Leicester City, the club he remarkably guided to Premier League glory nine months earlier.
Fulham announced the 67-year-old as their new manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday morning.
"Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option," Fulham chairman Shahid Khan commented, per BBC Sport. "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."
Ranieri, who has been handed a “multi-year” contract, must now attempt to lift Fulham off the foot of the Premier League table.
The Londoners, who were promoted to the Premier League last season via the play-offs, have picked up just five points from their opening 12 matches of the season.
The news of Ranieri’s surprise appointment at Craven Cottage led to Gary Lineker posting a rather funny - if not predictable - tweet.
“Claudio Ranieri? Really?” the Leicester-supporting Match of the Day host wrote.
While a few people didn’t get the reference - scroll down a little further if you’re one of them - the vast majority did.
Right, in case you’re not sure about the reference, Lineker posted the exact same tweet when Leicester appointed Ranieri as their new manager in July 2015.
Lineker was less-than-impressed when the Foxes appointed the ex-Chelsea boss and ended up looking very silly less than a year later.
Ranieri and his Leicester players defied odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League title - a footballing fairytale which will never be forgotten.
Now with Fulham, the Italian kick-starts his tenure at home to Southampton on Saturday 24 November.
He then takes on two of his former clubs - Chelsea and Leicester - in the space of three days in early December.News Now - Sport News