In the past I have touched on the ironic, sort of fateful design in which Claudio Ranieri and AS Monaco’s paths have crossed.
But Fernando Morientes had other ideas.
Monaco went on to lose to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in the final, and Mourinho took Ranieri’s job at the Bridge.
He simply was not up to the task according to Roman Abramovich. Nowadays things have kind of gone full circle.
Ranieri is now the manager of Monaco, and is again employed by a billionaire Russian in the form of Dmitry Rybolovlev.
And again, it looked as though his employment was again in serious doubt.
Many big names were linked with taking the Italian’s job, despite the fact he managed to pull them out of Ligue 2 last season.
But now it seems as though he is securing that position as Monaco boss.
Monaco, despite spending big on the likes of Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho this summer were still expected to have a settling in season in the top flight. But they have surpassed those expectations.
Monaco go into the weekend, week 10 of the Ligue 1 season, top of the pile and unbeaten - ahead of Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference.
Moulding this bunch of strangers, superstars and stalwarts into a cohesive game-winning unit would be difficult for any top manager, but Ranieri has made it look seemingly easy.
Some might say ‘so what?’ especially when the Colombian striker Falcao is banging in the goals, with seven from eight for the principality side.
But we saw recently how he played a blinder to get the best form out of James Rodriguez, by making him angry via criticism through the press, it just highlights that Ranieri is an under-rated man-manager and what he is doing at Monaco right now deserves the credit he perhaps never got at Chelsea.
Now the rumours of potential incoming managers has stopped, the fans want Ranieri and it appears the owner is also on side.
Finally, Ranieri is getting the credit he deserves from an ambitious Russian owner.
Are you pleased to see Ranieri doing so way?
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