Claudio Raineri, former Leicester City boss named new Sampdoria manager

Claudio Raineri, former Leicester City boss named new Sampdoria manager

- Claudio Raineri has been appointed Sampdoria new manager

- The tactician who turns 68 later this year succeeds Eusebio Di Francesco

- Raineri is expected to take charge of the club's first game when they battle Roma next weekend

One time Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as new Sampdoria head coach.

The Italian born tactician is expected to make his debut for the club against Roma on his 68th birthday on October 20.

Raineri, who won the Premier League title with Leicester City in 2016 succeeds Eusebio Di Francesco with the hope of turning their poor start of the season around.

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The Blue-circled are currently seated at the bottom of the Serie A table with three points from seven matches.

While welcoming the new coach to the club, president Massimo Ferrero revealed that Raineri will be at the club until the summer of 2021.

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"President Massimo Ferrero and UC Sampdoria welcome Claudio Ranieri, who has signed on to the club as Coach until June 30, 2021," read a statement.

"The President wishes the Coach, his staff and the team good luck with work based on commitment and passion."

According to Football Italia, the duo of Stefano Pioli and Gennaro Gattuso were approached for the job but they both turned it down.

After Raineri accepted the offer, he was handed an option to leave the club if they relegate at the end of the season.

The Italian born manager has previously worked at Vigor Lamezia, Puteolana, Cagliari, Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia (twice), Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Parma, Juventus, Roma (twice), Inter, Monaco, Greece, Leicester City, Nantes and Fulham.

He has handled a total of 393 Serie A matches under his belt, resulting in 169 victories, 126 draws and 98 defeats.

His trophy cabinet has the 2015-16 Premier League with Leicester City, Valencia took the European Super Cup in 2004 and Copa del Rey in 1999, plus the 1995-96 Coppa Italia and 96-97 Italian Super Cup with Fiorentina. Looking further back, his Cagliari won the 1988-89 Coppa Italia Serie C.

Out of favour Super Eagles striker set to join Turkish champions in January on 1 condition earlier reported that Super Eagles handler Gernot Rohr could be leaving his current position after the friendly game between Brazil and Nigeria in Singapore.

Recently, there were reports that Gernot Rohr is being owed three months salary by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

But in their response, the Nigeria's football governing body rubbished the reports claiming that they are owing the German only salary for the month of September.

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