Ranieri takes over as coach at Nantes

Ligue 1 club Nantes have announced the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as their new coach.

Nantes will be hoping Ranieri can continue their progress as they look to build on a seventh-place finish in 2016-17.

Nantes will be Ranieri's 17th management job spanning a 31-year career in the dugout, but the veteran Italian had to wait longer than expected for the deal to go through, due to a freakish rule in French football.

The former Leicester City tactician steps in for Sergio Conceicao, who left this summer for FC Porto. The move was expected after the French league earlier approved the hire - required because Ranieri has reached the coach's age limit of 65.

Ranieri was sacked by Leicester less than a year after their incredible run to the Premier League title, with the Foxes hovering just above the relegation zone.

Palace reportedly wanted former Hull manager Marco Silva to replace him, but the Portuguese opted to take the reigns at rivals Watford instead.

Nantes won the last of its eight titles in 2001.

It will be his second spell in France having previously spent two seasons with Monaco, the 65-year-old leading them back to the top flight in his first season in charge.

  • Leroy Wright