Claudio Ranieri is a likeable guy, which is why no one begrudged seeing their favourite Italian uncle guide Leicester City to football’s greatest underdog story – will it ever be beaten? – However, to think the former Foxes manager is fitting of another job in football, is nothing but misplaced romanticism.
Rumours are circulating that should Lucien Favre, the manager who has guided Nice to third in the table – which is basically top of Ligue 1, because Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are built upon wads of fifties – leave the French side, and head to Bundesliga, Ranieri could take the reins.
Ranieri’s miracle at the King Power stadium last season was built upon nothing but superb man-management; the former Chelsea boss has a wonderful ability to make his players feel 10 feet tall, like they could walk on water. And it all came together in a way no one thought possible.
But it was always going to end, when Leicester’s success was required to have a bit more than patting a player on the back and saying “well done”.
Ranieri should’ve left as soon as he’d guided the Foxes to a Premier League title. However, he decided to stick around, try and prove himself tactically. And as he always does – Ranieri was sacked by Greece after losing to the Faroe Islands – failed miserably.
Ranieri is, however, also believed to be on the shortlist for West Ham, should they decide to foolishly get rid of Slaven Bilic. And moving for Ranieri would be the most West Ham way thing ever.
Claudio will always be a lovely bloke, well out of his depth.