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Last Updated: Monday, 31 May, 2004, 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK
Ranieri's Chelsea career in photos
Claudio Ranieri faces the media for the first time as Chelsea manager
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An unknown in England, Claudio Ranieri is appointed Chelsea coach after the sacking of Gianluca Vialli in September 2000
Claudio Ranieri tries to get his message across to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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Ranieri struggles with the language at first and it sometimes seems he has trouble communicating with his players
Claudio Ranieri comforts his players after defeat in the 2002 FA Cup final
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The Italian gets his first chance of silverware in the 2002 FA Cup final, but his Chelsea side lose 2-0 to Arsenal
Jesper Gronkjaer celebrates his goal against Liverpool that earns Chelsea Champions League football
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With Chelsea's debts mounting Ranieri somehow guides them to Champions League qualification for 2003-04
Roman Abramovich waves to the crowd at Stamford Bridge
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Russian billionaire Roman Abromovich acquires the London club in the summer of 2003 and hands Ranieri a blank chequebook
Claudio Ranieri poses with new signings Joe Cole and Juan Sebastian Veron
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Ranieri invests more than 100m on players such as Joe Cole, Juan Veron, Adrian Mutu, Damien Duff and Hernan Crespo
The scoreboard in the Stadio Olimipico shows the final score Lazio 0-4 Chelsea
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There's a proud moment for son of Rome Ranieri when his new-look side thrash Lazio in the Champions League
Claudio Ranieri laughs at a media conference
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Ranieri comes under increasing pressure as Arsenal run away with the title, but he remains popular in the public eye
Wayne Bridge wheels away after scoring against Arsenal
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Wayne Bridge's late winner against Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-final brings tears to the eyes of his manager
Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge
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With no trophies to show for Abramovich's investment Ranieri's sacking is inevitable and he says goodbye to the fans

Chelsea sack Ranieri
31 May 04  |  Chelsea

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