In a press conference on Tuesday AS Monaco confirmed that former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has left the club and will not be in charge for the new season. It seems a harsh decision, but Vice-President Vadim Vasilyev announced that the decision was agreed by the club and the manager and he thanked the Italian for the job that he had done.
Monaco become the first side since 1978 to finish second in the league the season after winning promotion to the top division. There is little doubt that Ranieri has done a wonderful job this season. His tough job was to combine the high profile signings made by the club, together with a group of talented youngster, and challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the title. Finishing second, it’s hard to disagree that he achieved those goals.
Ranieri has been successful on a few occasions of changing the Monaco tactics to adapt to either some of his players loss of form, or the injury to Radamel Falcao. The Monaco Vice-President explained his clubs decision.
Vasilyev claims that it was a decision taken together with Ranieri & thanks him for doing a very good job. #ASM— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) May 20, 2014
Vasilyev admits it was a difficult decision as results have been very good, but ASM looking for new dynamic at this stage of project. #ASM— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) May 20, 2014
Vasilyev says he cannot confirm the identity of new coach yet as there are still a few details left to take care of. #ASM— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) May 20, 2014
Vasilyev says Monaco now looking for attack-minded coach who can give the club's fans (few) an entertaining spectacle. #ASM— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) May 20, 2014
The new boss is reported to be Leandro Jardim who is in charge of Portuguese side Sporting. This season he guided the club to a second place finish, ending six points ahead of FC Porto. They scored 54 goals from 30 games, that’s an average of 1.8 per game, slightly ahead of the 1.65 averaged by Ranieri’s side this season.
Whoever the new boss is, his first task will be to get the best out of Falcao and Joao Moutinho, and continuing to weave the magic from Dimitar Berbatov. Doesn’t sound like the worst job in the world, does it?