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Claudio Ranieri Gets New Management Job, May Be Too Old To Take It

Claudio Ranieri Gets New Management Job, May Be Too Old To Take It
By Gavin Cooney Updated
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Since shushing the people of Leicester City for Andrea Bocelli in one of the most surreal moments in football history, it's all gone wrong for Claudio Ranieri.

Betrayed in the Shakespearean tragedy of Leicester's title defence, he has since been out of work, although has made it clear that he has no interest in finishing up just yet.

And while he has now found a job, his luckless run continues. He has struck a deal with Ligue Un club Nantes to be their new manager, but he may not be allowed to take the job owing to a rule in French football.

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L'Equipe have noted it: Article 655 of the LFP's rulebook forbids a Ligue Un club from hiring a coach who is over the age of 65.

Ranieri is 66 in October, meaning he will fall foul of the rule. Nantes are hoping for an exemption from the rule.

Precedent offers them solace: Lens hired 68-year-old Guy Roux as manager in 2007, after he had spent a frankly absurd 40 years in charge of Auxerre.

It was blocked, and then overturned on appeal.

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That will be where Nantes hope the precedent ends: Roux left after just four games, and the club were relegated.

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