Saturday, 9 July 2011

Claudio Ranieri: Gone But Not Forgotten at Chelsea

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Claudio Ranieri has been a very good manager of several clubs over the last 20 years or so. He had a very succesful start to his managerial career with back-to-back promotions at Italian team Cagliari and then followed that success by gaining promotion, from Serie B, with Fiorentina. The Rome-born manager also captured two trophies with Valencia in Spain.

Following his early success with those 3 clubs, Chelsea decided to appoint him as our new manager on 18th September 2000, despite him resigning after a below par spell at Athletico Madrid. His spell at Stamford Bridge is what Ranieri is arguably most renowned for in football. He spent 3 and a half years at Chelsea until Roman Abramovich bought the club in June 2003 and decided Claudio wasn’t the right man for the job, but Roman still gave him a season to prove him wrong. Ranieri was sacked in May 2004, but was and still is, appreciated by us Chelsea fans. Although he didnt have great success with us, he was integral in bringing in some of our big players who were vital in the future success of Chelsea.

Claudio Ranieri brought in players that are now ‘the spine of the team’ at Stamford Bridge including Petr Cech and Frank Lampard, aswell as nurturing John Terry into a great defender and picked him to start above Frank Leboeuf in one game, to show his faith in J.T. However, he was also responsible,as well as the board and Abramovich, in bringing in players that were part of unbelievable success under Jose Mourinho. These players include: Arjen Robben, William Gallas, Claude Makelele, Joe Cole and Hernan Crespo and other good players. To this, we owe him a massive thanks because he has bought some players who turned into stars at Chelsea and also made Jose Mourinho’s job at ‘the bridge’, a lot easier.

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