‘He agreed that a change was in the best interest of everyone’: Claudio Ranieri SACKED as Fulham boss after talks with club chiefs… with Scott Parker made caretaker manager
- Fulham sacked manager Claudio Ranieri after internal talks on Thursday
- Ranieri was pushed closer to the exit door following defeat by Southampton
- Assistant Scott Parker will now take over from Ranieri on an interim basis
Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager of Fulham.
As Sportsmail reported earlier on Thursday, the Italian was summonsed for crisis talks with Craven Cottage supremo Tony Khan on Thursday morning to be formally informed that his spell at the club is over.
The Fulham board have lost faith Ranieri following a terrible spell in charge of the relegation-threatened club.
Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Fulham after a poor spell in charge at Craven Cottage
Fulham are 10 points off safety after a run of seven defeats in their last eight league games
The Italian was only appointed as boss of the Premier League strugglers back in November
CLAUDIO RANIERI’S SPELL AT FULHAM
Nov 14, 2018 – Ranieri takes over from the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic
Nov 24, 2018 – Begins tenure with 3-2 victory over Southampton that takes them off the foot of the table
Dec 2, 2018 – Loses his first away game 2-0 at Chelsea
Dec 29, 2018 – Ends a run of six games without a win with a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield
Jan 6, 2019 – Dumped out of the FA Cup at third-round stage by League Two Oldham
Feb 27, 2019 – Fulham are beaten 2-0 by Southampton at St Mary’s, capping a run of four straight defeats
Feb 28, 2019 – Ranieri is sacked with the club 10 points from safety
Ranieri said in a statement: ‘I am obviously disappointed with the recent results and that we could not build on the good start we made following my appointment.
‘Finally I would like to thank the club, the players and the fans for the support they have given me during my time at the club.’
Ranieri was pushed closer to the exit door following Wednesday’s defeat against Southampton – with insiders claiming this morning that it is a case of when, not if, the manager loses his job.
And the former Leicester manager has now been put out of his misery.
‘Following our discussion this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri agreed with my decision that a change was in the best interest of everyone,’ chairman Shahid Khan said in a statement.
‘No surprise to me, Claudio was a perfect gentleman, as always. Claudio’s tenure at Fulham didn’t produce the outcome we anticipated and needed when I appointed him as manager in November, but be assured he is not solely to blame for the position we are in today.
Ranieri was subject to protests from the away fans at Southampton on Wednesday night
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‘Claudio walked into a difficult situation, inheriting a side that gained only one point in its prior eight matches, and he provided an immediate boost by leading our club to nine points in his first eight matches as manager.
‘Though we were unable to maintain that pace thereafter, I am grateful for his effort. Claudio leaves Fulham as our friend and he will undoubtedly experience success again soon.’
Ranieri was due to take a recovery session on Thursday, but Scott Parker is now to take over on an interim basis.
‘Scott’s immediate assignment is merely to help us stabilise, grow and rediscover ourselves as a football club,’ Khan continued. ‘If Scott can answer that challenge, and our players respond to the opportunity, perhaps victories will follow in the months ahead.
The Italian, who led Leicester to an unlikely title triumph back in 2016, leaves the club sitting 19th, 10 points from safety after winning only three of his 17 matches in charge.
He only signed a two-year deal – which included no relegation break clause – back in November.
At the time, chairman Shahid Khan described his appointment as ‘risk-free’.
But on Wednesday night fans began to turn on Ranieri, who insisted he wouldn’t resign.
Oriol Romeu (centre) and James Ward-Prowse scored the goals to lift Southampton into 17th
Chants of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ greeted Ranieri’s second-half substitutions
The Fulham boss did, however, admit after defeat at St Mary’s that he didn’t not know whether his job was under threat as Fulham edged closer to Premier League relegation.
The Cottagers slipped a perilous 10 points adrift of safety, with their manager subject to protests from the travelling fans.
First-half goals from Saints duo Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse inflicted the London club’s seventh defeat from eight top-flight games
Asked then about his future, Ranieri replied: ‘My job? I don’t know. Ask the owner.’
Chants of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ greeted Ranieri’s second-half substitutions, while a banner containing the words: ‘Risk free? Are you watching Tony Khan?’.
Ranieri insisted he would continue to fight for an unlikely great escape with 10 games remaining.