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.
This would be Ranieri’s first job since he was booted out of the management team of Leicester after a humiliating 2-1 defeat to Sevilla during the Champions League.
At that same time, Leicester was dangerously close to the point of relegation from the Premier League before his replacement, Craig Shakespeare was able to pull them through.
This would be Ranieri’s 17th managerial position since he began his career. He had a four year stint at Chelsea before leaving to coach three top teams in Italy.He also coached Monaco before heading to the Greece National team as his contract came to an end.