Claudio Ranieri could be forced out of the door so Guus Hiddink can take over at Monaco…
Monaco could be set to fire Claudio Ranieri before the season has even started, French sports newspaper L’equipe has reported.
Claudio Ranieri has been with the huge-spenders since last summer, and won the French Ligue 2 title with ease. However, with glamorous managers like Guus Hiddink and Roberto Mancini now out of work, it is thought that billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev would like to install one of them to manage his superstar signings.
Hiddink recently quit his post at Russian side Anzhi, while Mancini has been out of work since Manchester City sacked him at the end of last season.
The Russian owner has commissioned the transfers of Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez among others already this summer, in an attempt get his side into the Champions League as quickly as possible.
Claudio Ranieri was sacked by another Russian Billionaire, Roman Abramovich, when he was manager of Chelsea, in what some would say were similarly unfair circumstances. The Italian had got his side to the semi-finals of the Champions League and second in the league in 2004, before he was fired by Ambramovich. The decision was of course vindicated, as incoming manager Jose Mourinho went on to win back to back titles.
Despite the numerous arrivals, Monaco have endured a mixed pre-season so far, and this could have unsettled the billionaire owner.