Serie A club Sampdoria have hired Claudio Ranieri as their new manager taking over from Eusebio Di Francesco who he incidentally replaced at Roma 7 months ago in a temporary role.
Di Francesco and Sampdoria parted ways by mutual consent following the Genoa-based club’s poor start to the season, losing 6 of its opening 7 games with the club bottom of the Serie A log.
The former Leicester boss put pen to paper on a two-year deal and will mark his return to the dugout with a home game against his former employers AS Roma at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris after the international break.
Alongside a spell with Greece’ national team 5 years ago, Sampdoria will mark Ranieri’s 17th different club as manager including Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Parma, Cagliari, Napoli, Fiorentina, Juventus, Roma, Inter, Monaco, Leicester City, Nantes and Fulham.
The Rome native will be 68 years on the day he takes to the Blucerchiati bench for the first time against AS Roma on October 20.
President Massimo Ferrero had targeted Stefano Pioli and Gennaro Gattuso but both refused the role, with the former eventually joining AC Milan (on Tuesday) who also had fired ex Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo (on Monday).