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Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins
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Giancarlo Galavotti of Gazzetta Della Sport
"He is a very experienced coach."
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Independent Supporters Association's David Johnstone
"I'm still shell-shocked"
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Chris Waddle
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Ex-Chelsea player Paul Elliott
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Friday, 15 September, 2000, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Ranieri's Chelsea deal
Claudio Ranieri set for Stamford Bridge
Claudio Ranieri set for Stamford Bridge
Italian Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as Chelsea's new head coach after signing a three-year contract.

Ranieri agreed to succeed Gianluca Vialli after talks with Chelsea managing director Colin Hutchinson - and is expected to be officially unveiled after tying up loose ends in Italy over the weekend.

Former Fiorentina, Valencia and Atletico Madrid coach Ranieri was at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea's Uefa Cup win over St Gallen.

And he confirmed Chelsea's interest when he said: "I was flattered by the call. If there are roses they will bloom."

It has happened very quickly but it was important to end the speculation
  Chelsea managing director Colin Hutchison

Hutchinson confirmed that Ranieri had been chosen as Vialli's replacement, but with an altered job title.

He said: "Claudio has been appointed as head coach, which will be slightly different to Luca's role.

"He will only be concentrating on the first-team squad, the coaching and the tactics.

"The administration will be solely handled at the training ground as far as the team is concerned by Gwyn Williams, who is termed assistant manager but in Italy he would be called the manager as that is the administration role.

"It has happened very quickly but it was important to end the speculation."

  Claudio Ranieri: Managerial history
1987: Becomes manager of Campania
Takes over at Cagliari
1991: Takes over as manager of Napoli
1993: Moves to Serie B club Fiorentina, who he guides to promotion to Serie A
1996: Wins the Copa de Italia and Supercopa with the Florence club
1999: Lured to Athletico Madrid and signs Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for 12m
2000: Quits as manager of the Madrid club before they are relegated from the Premera Liga

Hutchison was impressed when Ranieri's Valencia beat Barcelona three times in a week two years ago.

He said: "I kept thinking that Louis van Gaal at Barcelona would come up with something different, but Claudio Ranieri got the better of him on each occasion.

Ranieri, 48, has been without a coaching position since he resigned from Atletico Madrid in March.

The former Roma player made his name as coach of Sardinian club Cagliari whom he led from Serie C to Serie A.


He then worked as coach of Napoli for two seasons, a period when current Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola played for the southern Italian club.

Ranieri then joined Fiorentina in 1993, winning promotion to Serie A and then won the Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup in 1996 for the Florence club.

He moved to Valencia in 1997, winning the Spanish Cup and earning qualification for the Champions League before leaving for Atletico Madrid in the summer of 1999.

Despite the goals of Dutchman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, now with Chelsea, Atletico struggled in the league and with the club suffering from serious financial problems Ranieri resigned in March.

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