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French club confirm ex-Leicester boss Ranieri as new manager

Ligue 1 By: Ambrose Udeme | 15/06/2017

French club confirm Ranieri as new manager

Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been confirmed as Nantes manager after clearance from LFP.

The Italian's managerial appointment had been held up due to a Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) regulation stipulating head coaches in Ligue 1 must be under the age of 65.

However, special dispensation was granted to the 65-year-old manager and his two-year deal was confirmed on Thursday. Ranieri has been out of football management since being sacked from Leicester City in February despite the fact he led them to their first ever Premier League title in 2016.

The Foxes' decision to replace him with Craig Shakespeare did appear justified, however, as they immediately began climbing the Premier League table and made it into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Nantes will represent a similar challenge for Ranieri, who has experience in French football after a short and unsuccessful stint as Monaco manager between 2012 and 2014.

They finished seventh in Ligue 1 last season and will be looking to crack into the European qualifying places in the next campaign.

Dispensation was agreed by the LFP despite public protests from former France boss Raymond Domenech, who called on the age rule to be enforced to prevent Ranieri from taking charge.