Ranieri to leave Nantes - club

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It has been officially confirmed that Claudio Ranieri has left Nantes after just one season on the bench.

Ranieri, who previously coached Juventus, Chelsea, AS Roma, Greece and led Leicester City to a shock Premier League title triumph in 2016, joined Nantes during the close season.

Nantes president Waldemar Kita has indicated that former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira is on the club's radar as they look for a new coach.

Ranieri additionally did not attend the membership's current anniversary dinner, citing that he "could not discover a parking area" as his reasoning.

Under Ranieri, the French club were third after 10 games and stayed in the top five well into the second half of the season, but a drop in form has seen them fall to 10th.

Regardless of what looks like a acrimonious departure, the Nantes President, Kita, insisted the pair have been amicable throughout a current board assembly the place the choice was made and that it had nothing to do with the private points between them. We had a meeting with the sponsors, he thanked everyone, ' Kita said. I want to thank everyone who works for the club.

He will begin the search for a new job after his final game in charge this Saturday and could find himself contemplating a return to English football with Everton and West Ham both looking for their next managers.