Claudio Ranieri takes charge at struggling Sampdoria

Claudio Ranieri has taken up the 20th managerial post of his career after being appointed boss of Sampdoria.

The 67-year-old Italian takes over from Eusebio Di Francesco, who left the club on Monday with Sampdoria sitting bottom of the Serie A table having lost six of their seven games.

Ranieri is back in work four-a-half months after a short spell at Roma came to an end with the capital club missing out on Champions League football.

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Sampdoria is the 10th different Italian club that Ranieri has managed, with his longest stint coming at Fiorentina in the 1990s.

Since guiding Leicester to a stunning Premier League triumph in 2016, Ranieri has also been in the hotseat at Nantes and Fulham.

Ranieri has signed a contract until June 2021.

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