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Ranieri Takes Over Rein In Nantes

The Italian has become the head coach of side Nantes after signing a two-year deal, the club announced on Thursday.

“Nantes are delighted to announce the arrival of Claudio Ranieri,” the club said in a statement on their official website.

Ranieri guided the to finish surprisingly as the champions in 2016, but in the following season, he was sacked in February when the team faced an uphill challenge to avoid the relegation, just nine months after that magical title.

Age limit was initially the main obstacle for Ranieri, as he has exceeded the limit of 65 years old for a coach in the French league, but the club finally got the green light from the French professional league (LFP).

Ranieri was no newcomer to the French league. He led back to Ligue 1 in the 2012-2013 season, and the team finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain in the season to follow.

Nantes won their last of eight league titles in 2001. They finished seventh last season under Sergio Conceicao, but the Portuguese became the head coach of a week ago.

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