Former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri appointed Nantes coach

Domenech head of the French coach association wants to see the age limit rule enforced

Domenech head of the French coach association wants to see the age limit rule enforced

Ligue 1 club Nantes have announced the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as their new coach.

Claudio Ranieri is back in football less than four months after being sacked by Leicester City after agreeing a two-year contract with Nantes.

The French league have confirmed they have waived their age rules and given Nantes special dispensation for the club to appoint a manager over the age of 65, and, as such, the delay remains unexplained.

Ranieri will be forever remembered as the man who completed the impossible as he guided Leicester City to the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season, but has also had successful stints with Juventus, Fiorentina, Valencia and Chelsea.

Crystal Palace have made a "last minute offer" to Nantes-bound Claudio Ranieri, according to reports in France.

Ranieri had been linked with a return to English football with Crystal Palace and Watford following the end of the 2016-17 campaign, but he has opted for a move to Ligue 1. The fact the team went from near the bottom of the table to seventh clearly shows the players have quality.

"I was convinced by the project at Nantes".

Ranieri was sacked by Leicester less than a year after their incredible run to the Premier League title, with the Foxes hovering just above the relegation zone. That shows me good work can be done here.

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