Italian Serie A club AS Roma has appointed Claudio Ranieri as new coach, replacing Eusebio Di Francesco, a club statement announced on Friday.
Ranieri was previously in charge of Roma for one-and-a-half seasons between 2009 and 2011, taking them to second place in 2009-10 after they had led the league table until the last few matches.
The 67-year-old Italian will be in the dugout for the club’s next Serie A match, against Empoli at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday.
This will be the Ranieri’s second stint at the helm of the club he supported as a child, after an 18-month spell as head coach from 2009 to 2011.
On that occasion Ranieri steered the Giallorossi to a second-place finish in the league, coming close to winning the title in the process.
Since his last spell in the Italian capital, Ranieri has managed sides including Monaco, Nantes and Fulham.
He also had a spell in international management with Greece – while he is undoubtedly most famous among football fans for overseeing Leicester City’s incredible Premier League title success in 2016.
Ranieri’s contract will expire on June 30, 2019.
-Additional material sourced from AS Roma