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Ranieri appointed new Roma coach

Claudio Ranieri
Ranieri's most recent club as manager was Juventus

Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri says he is ready to give Roma's players a shock to the system after agreeing a two-year deal to be their new coach.

Ranieri, 57, takes over from Luciano Spalletti, who resigned on Tuesday after Roma lost the first two games of the new Serie A season.

"They certainly need a shock because this team needs to react immediately," said Ranieri.

"Maybe the lads have lost a bit of conviction," he added.

Spalletti took charge of Roma in 2005, winning the Italian Cup and coming second in the League in 2007 and 2008.

606: DEBATE

But last season was disappointing and they only finished sixth, qualifying for the Europa League, where they have been drawn in the same group as Fulham.

This season they lost their opening league game 3-2 at Genoa, followed by a 3-1 home defeat by Juventus on Sunday, to leave them bottom of the table.

Ranieri, who managed Chelsea from 2000 to 2004, was most recently in charge of Juventus, who he took to third in the table in 2008 on their return to Serie A after they were demoted for match-fixing.

But the 57-year-old was sacked in May after a run of seven matches without a win.



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see also
Juventus dismiss manager Ranieri
18 May 09 |  Europe
Chelsea sack Ranieri
01 Jun 04 |  Chelsea


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