Claudio Ranieri probably is one of the most experienced coaches in Europe as he has been in charge of over 10 clubs ranging from Italian sides to Spanish sides and even teams in the Premier League, this experience and knowledge is one of the main reasons on why he was selected as the new coach of the Greek national football team.
During one of his first press conferences as the head coach of the national side, Ranieri outlined what his plans are as the manager of Greece.
“My predecessors did a great job with Greece,” explained the 62-year-old. “Now it’s up to me. It won’t be easy. Our aim is to qualify for the EURO 2016 finals in France. Not making it to the finals would be a disaster it’s that simple.”
“I have requested from the federation to work with them two to three times per week. I will discuss my plan with the clubs, as it’s positive for them as well. In the long run, I want to make the national team a mixture of older and younger players. I want to bring the best to the squad. My message is clear: the national coach is here, he has a vision and is willing to work.” Ranieri said as he unveiled some of his plans and what he intends to do in charge of his new squad.
This is the first national side that Ranieri has been in charge of as his coaching career extends from different clubs around Europe but he never has had the chance to coach a nation up until now.
A few weeks ago Greece received Romania at the Georgios Karaiskaki stadium as they battled off in a qualifying match for the 2016 Euro’s and Romania squeezed a victory with a narrow 1-0 victory and now Ranieri is hoping his side can pick up good results in their upcoming qualifying matches against Finland and Northern Ireland on October 11 and 14 respectively.
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Greece have appointed former Chelsea and Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri as the new manager following the departure of Fernando Santos. The 62-year-old has managed to some of the top clubs in the world like Chelsea, Roma, Inter Milan, and Monaco in the last decade. He will bring a lot of experience to the Greek team that only narrowly failed to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup. They were knocked out at the last 16 stage in a match that also saw the departure of Santos. The Portuguese was appointed in 2010 and he had been in charge for the last four years. During this period, he had a 53.1% win percentage, which is amongst the best in recent times.
Romanian Anghel Iordănescu who was in charge of the team for a short period of seven matches had a slightly better win percentage, but one has to go slightly ahead of him to the Kostas Polychroniou to find a win percentage closer to that of Santos’ reign. As a result, Ranieri will be under huge pressure to follow a man who has achieved a lot with the Greek national team. He will be starting his first match against Romania in Euro 2016 qualifying match. Other opponents in the group are Northern Ireland, Finland, Hungary, and Faroe Islands.
“Claudio Ranieri signed a two-year contract with the Greek football federation and is the new coach of the national team. The Italian coach, with service at many major European clubs, is expected to lead our group to new successes with Euro 2016 on the horizon,” said the Greek football Association in a statement. Last season, Ranieri guided Monaco to second place finish in the French league despite having achieved promotion only in the summer. This was not enough, as the big spending French team sacked him almost immediately.
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