Claudio Ranieri is the man Ligue 1 club, Nantes is looking up to, and is expected to take the reins of the club and lead them through to the next season.Ranieri, who was Leicester City former manager, is set to become the new manager for Nantes but due to his age, he requires a special dispensation.
During the 2015-16 season, Ranieri was the coach who led underdog team, Leicester to lift the Premier League Cup. However, following a poor run of form in the next season, he was sacked
Ranieri now has recently agreed to a two year contract with Nantes but since he is over 65 years of age, a special dispensation is required from France’s Professional Football League before he can take charge of the team.
Nantes Chairman, Waldermar Kita however believes that the French Football Federation is blocking the file.
“The league agrees, I believe that only the French Football Federation (FFF) with Mr. Domenech is blocking the file a little, I do not know why. What we are interested in is the experience as a footballer and coach, since we know very well that he has coached the biggest teams in Europe,” Kita said.
OFI defeated Panathinaikos, leaving them on the verge of exit from the Cup.
The midweek games had some other upsets like second division side Anagennisi Karditsas holding AEK to a draw, unlike what many expected.
Panathinaikos are on the brink of crashing out of the tournament after Olympiakos defeated Hania 4-0. The Greee giants had goals from Esteban Cambiasso, Brown Ideye and Felipe Pardo. Pantelis Theologou scored an own goal to complete the 4-0 rout.
Panathinaikos manager Andrea Stramaccioni left his role due to the poor result. Iraklis defeated Apollon Smyrnis 3-0 on Wednesday. This implies that Panathinaikos would exit the Cup in the group stage if Iraklis play a draw with OFI in the last round of games.
AEK also did not have a great game as they played a 2-2 draw at Anagennisi. Also, PAOK were forced to a draw by Trikala. The visitors could not score any goal as the game ended goalless.
There are reports that Algeria are set to name a new coach before their crucial game against Nigeria next month.
The North African side sacked their former handler Rajevan Milovan after players’ unrest in the disappointing 1-1 draw against Cameroon. The draw ensured they started theopening 2018 World Cup game in home soil. Many coaches have been linked with the job, but they have all turned them down, citing different concerns, according to reports.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia reportedly turned down an offer to take up the job as well. L’equipe reports that the Frenchman was pencilled as potential replacement for Milovan along with Marc Wilmots, Rolland Courbis, Alain Perrin, Paul Le Guen and others.
Greek club Panserraikos is looking to improve their team after their poor campaign last season.
Indeed the club has failed to reach their objectives last season and they will be hoping that this new season will be different. The coach said that they have already identified some new players and that they are working hard to sign them.
It is believed that the club is interested in signing Ugandan striker Herman NtezaWasswa to boost their attacking options. The player’s agent has revealed that the Greek club has been in contact with him and that they have invited his client to spend some time on trial with the club. He said that the player is considering the offer and that he will give a reply soon.
Herman NtezaWasswa is a 22-year old player that has been playing mainly for the Kampala Capital City Authority team. He just returned after a trial in Kenya with Sofapaka and is now considering the offer from the Greek club.
Greece Football League side Panserraikos were linked to Uganda international young striker Herman Wasswa, but the deal has been left ignored.
The former Masaka LC and SC Villa striker was a free agent after he decided to ignore the new deal his club Kampala CCA offered him. He wanted a biggest quest, so he was particularly looking out for a fresh challenge. The player’s agent Geoffrey Kayemba confirmed that other clubs were keen on landing the forward this summer, due to his combination of qualities.
There were reports linking Jinja based Uganda Premier League club Bul to the player. Kawowo Sports reported that the agent of the player confirmed that Bul reached out with the hope to land the player, but reported that Wasswa was yet to sign a deal.
“The truth is, Bul just like many other clubs are interested in signing Herman [Wasswa]. But that just that nothing has happened,” Kayemba said. Also, Kayemba confirmed reports linking Wasswa to a move to Greece to play for Panserraikos: “There is also interest from some Lebanese club, and other Ugandan sides but a decision on his next destination will be known soon,” trying not to be too specific.
There are reports that Greek football club Panserraikos might be getting new investors from Germany. The team suffering from financial problems has been on the brink of administration and hope that the new investors will be able to inject fresh capital to save the club.
Discussions are still going on between the German group as well as the club management, and each party will want to complete the transaction soon enough so that the team can have sufficient time to prepare for the next season.
Panserraikos has constantly been hit with financial problems ever since the death of its chairman PetrosTheodoridis. They have suffered successive relegation and find themselves in the amateur 3rd Greek division. There has been attempt by the chairman son to sell the club to a Russian investor, Konstantin Vostrikov, but the deal has not been really successful. Poor day-to-day management and poor knowledge of Greek football by the Russian business tycoon has caused the club to decline.
Panserraikos fans hope that the German investors will be able to not only bring money to the table but also bring new ideas to a club that has long been suffering from poor management.