In Football 2019-03-01 15:51:05

Former Chelsea and Leicester manager leaves after 106 days


Fulham have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri after only three months in charge of the West London Club.


The Italian who took over from Slavisa Jokanovic in November lasted only 106 days in the job, the 7th joint shortest reign as manager in the Premier League.


“The Tinkerman” leaves Fulham 19th in the league with 17points from 28matches and 10points from safety.


Ranieri’s last game in charge of The Cottagers was a 2-0 away loss to Southampton on Tuesday which sees his record at Fulham stand at 17games played, 3 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses.


Ranieri arrived with a huge reputation having won the League with Leicester City in 2016 and had an immediate impact at the club as he won his first game 3-2 against Southampton, alas, two wins from the next 15 games saw things get worse for the Craven Cottage club.


Chairman Shahid Khan in a statement said "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.”


First team coach and former Fulham, Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker will take temporary charge of the team, starting with Sunday’s visit of Chelsea.


Parker’s immediate task is to help stabilize, grow and rediscover the club according to club Chairman Shahid. "If Scott can answer that challenge, and our players respond to the opportunity, perhaps victories will follow in the months ahead" added Khan.


Ranieri in a short statement following his sacking said  "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."