Thursday, 31 May 2007

Parma announce Ranieri exit

Claudio Ranieri is set for a fresh coaching challenge after resigning his position at Parma having helped the club to avoid relegation from Serie A.

The 55-year-old took charge in February after the sacking of Stefano Pioli and was tasked with lifting the club from second-bottom but by the final day of the season, Parma were secure in 12th place.

"Ranieri has informed the club about his intention to leave," read an official statement by the club. "We thank him for the great work he did helping Parma to stay in Serie A and we wish him good luck for his future career."

Ranieri's departure will increase speculation of a return to English football. He is now expected to return to the Premier League after admitting that he would be tempted to take charge of Manchester City if the club is taken over by Thaksin Shinawatra.

It’s unclear at this stage who will step in at Parma for next season.

[Serie A 2006-07 Managerial Changes]

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