From Leicester to Watford, via France and Italy – the recent roles of the Tinkerman


By Press Association 2021

Claudio Ranieri photo file

Claudio Ranieri is back in English football with Watford.

The colorful Italian led Leicester to the 2016 Premier League title, contradicting 5000-1 odds to produce the most wacky triumph.

Here, the PA News Agency examines where Ranieri, once known as ‘The Tinkerman’ for running his team at Chelsea, has been since leaving the Foxes in 2017.


A stint in Ligue 1 only lasted the 2017-18 season, with a promising start that fades as Nantes finished 10th. Third after 10 games and in the top five for most of the campaign, a tough end to term ultimately wiped out Ranieri’s chances of staying in France.


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Claudio Ranieri was unveiled at Fulham in 2018 (Simon Cooper / PA)

Introduced to Craven Cottage in November 2018, Ranieri replaced Slavisa Jokanovic and immediately ended a winless run dating back to September. But only two other victories materialized and Ranieri was dethroned in February 2019, to be replaced by assistant Scott Parker.


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The Roman had another stint in charge of Roma (Sean Dempsey / PA)

Returning to the club in the Italian capital some eight years after his first stint at the helm, Ranieri has failed to push Roma to qualify for the Champions League. After arriving in March 2019, he was released at the end of this campaign.


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Claudio Ranieri left Sampdoria this summer (PA).

An impressive rescue act, Ranieri took control in October 2019 with Sampdoria at the bottom of Serie A and secured a 15th place to avoid the fall. Ranieri oversaw a climb to ninth in the 2020-21 season, before retiring.


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