Fulham has sacked coach Claudio Ranieri after Wednesday night’s 2-0 defeat at relegation rivals Southampton.
The former Leicester City boss, was dismissed following showdown talks with the club’s hierarchy – CEO Alistair Mackintosh and vice-chairman Tony Khan.
Ranieri was seen by the club’s hierarchy as a shrewd appointment given his tactical acumen and reputation for building a solid defense. He was not about to turn down this opportunity to work so close to his London home, but he will have been only too aware of the size of the task facing him in seeking clean sheets.
Fulham were the highest spenders as a promoted team ever to grace the Premier League with £105.3m spent last summer – and it has proven to have a highly unsettling influence.
Their scatter-gun approach was highlighted by a frantic final day of transfer business when the club broke their transfer record with the signing of Marseille’s André Frank Zambo Anguissa for £30m.
Fulham spent so much money with the need for immediate results, this was never going to click. Everything that was good about this Fulham squad from last season was ripped apart, and supporters were already irked by the steep hike in season ticket prices.
Ranieri’s great charm and popularity among the English press had clearly not registered with some members of the squad, and he was unable to wrestle back that control.
The Italian has left Craven Cottage after just 17 games in charge.
By Olukayode Oniwinde