The former Premier League Manager of the Season with Leicester City, could Claudio Ranieri work some magic with Newcastle United?
Italian manager Claudio Ranieri has been linked with the managerial position at Newcastle United that will soon be vacated by Rafa Benitez. The 2016 Premier League Manager of the Season and champion of the league with Leicester has bounced around a bit, but how do our two experts feel about his prospects with the Magpies?
Current club: N/A
Previous club(s) managed: Roma (twice), Fulham, Nantes, Leicester City, Greece (national team), Monaco (national team), Inter, Juventus, Parma, Valencia (twice), Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Fiorentina, Napoli, Cagliari, Puteolana, Vigor Lamezia
Playing career? Yes. He played as a defender for Roma, Catanzaro, Catania, and Palermo.
The Experts’ Opinions
Durim Halimi: 2
Some of you might be surprised that I just gave a manager who won the Premier League with an average team a few years ago a rating of 2 out of 5, but I can explain. I respect Claudio Ranieri because of his extensive experience as a manager of 17 clubs in Italy, Spain, England, Greece, and France. However, that is the problem in my opinion. I do not want Newcastle United to hire a manager who jumps around from one club to another. Instead, the Magpies need a manager who has a long-term plan for the club and developing its players. My hat goes off to Ranieri for his track record with some clubs, especially Leicester City, but he is not the right man for this job.
Carson A. Merk: 3
Let me put it this way: Newcastle United could do MUCH worse with an older, experienced manager. Ranieri has been at worst decent at most of his managerial stops and has trophies on his resume, including the EPL. So, if the club is not looking for a young, upstart manager, Ranieri could be a solid option. But, I think the better move would be to get an inexperienced but promising coach to replace Rafa. I would probably put Ranieri below very few notable, older coaches that seem to be interested or linked with the opening.