Former Chelsea boss Ranieri sacked after Greece's humiliating defeat - report

Greece National Team

Italian Claudio Ranieri helped build the foundations of the team Jose Mourinho inherited in 2004.

Claudio Ranieri is reported to have been sacked by Greece after just four games, after they suffered an embarrassing home defeat by the Faroe Islands.

Joan Edmundsson scored midway through the second half on Friday to silence the Athens crowd and make Ranieri's job untenable.

The result was the Faroe's 4th ever victory, and that it came against a side that featured at the World Cup this year makes it all the more notable.

That will be of no consolation for Ranieri though, whose first international role has ended before it really got going.

The former Valencia and Juventus manager was only in charge of the Euro 2004 winners from July, but in that time he oversaw four matches for Greece, none of which he was able to guide to victory. Three home defeats in a row, against the less than noteworthy trio of Romania, Northern Ireland and now the Faroe Islands, is quite a run of form.

The Italian's job with the Mediterranean nation was his 15th managerial position since moving into coaching in 1986, fully qualifying him as somewhat of a nomad.

In fact, Ranieri's time at Stamford Bridge between 2000 and 2004 was his longest period at a club, clocking up just under 200 games with the Blues.

Ranieri took over at Greece after he was somewhat cruelly released by Monaco in the summer after guiding them to second place on their return to Ligue 1.

Though his spell in charge of Greece is set to come to a close just four months after it began, Ranieri as been permitted to take charge of the country's friendly with Serbia on Tuesday.

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