FULHAM have been widely slated by rival fans for sacking Claudio Ranieri after less than four months but fed-up Cottagers fans have wildly celebrated the news.
SunSport exclusively revealed that the Italian was set to be axed following the club’s dreadful form, with former player Scott Parker appointed on a caretaker basis.
Claudio Ranieri has been fired by Fulham with the club sitting ten points off safetyReuters
The 67-year-old won just three out of his 17 games in charge of the West London side – losing 11 times as Fulham sit ten points off safety with ten games to play.
Yesterday’s 2-0 defeat against Southampton at St Mary’s proved to be the final straw for Ranieri – who replaced Slavisa Jokanovic as boss in November.
Rival fans widely criticised Fulham’s second sacking with the club still fighting for survival with one writing: “What’s the point of signing him in the first place anyways?”
User Rob Walker agreed with that post, writing: “Bizarre Fulham fans blaming Ranieri. What was he supposed to do in January? Sign 18 better players?!”
Bizarre Fulham fans blaming Ranieri. What was he supposed to do in January? Sign 18 better players?!
— Rob Walker (@TangerineRob) February 28, 2019
What's the point of signing him in the first place anyways ?
— KroenkeOut (Kapiccino) (@Kapiccino88) February 28, 2019
Absolute joke. Don't they realise the club just doesn't have the players and it's nothing to do with the manager. Embarrasing
— AJC (@AJ041987) February 28, 2019
Great shame, he is a gentleman and they expected him to work miracles with very limited resources
— pelton boy (@peltonboy) February 28, 2019
Ranieri comes in over the halfway point of the season, taking over a squad that Jokanovic spent 120M on and was still bottom of the league. Ranieri got more points than Jokanovic. Feel sorry for him tbh. https://t.co/63j5fnliVq
— Ross (@rossduffy16) February 28, 2019
Joke of a football club! Spend millions, sack the manager that spent the money. Then employ a manager don’t give him any money to spend and then he gets sacked for not getting them out of trouble. Couldn’t make it up
— ChrisB (@Chris_J_Birkett) February 28, 2019
One fan posted: “Great shame, he is a gentleman and they expected him to work miracles with very limited resources.”
Another argued: “Absolute joke. Don’t they realise the club just doesn’t have the players and it’s nothing to do with the manager. Embarrassing.”
However, despite the critiques of their rivals, Fulham fans have widely celebrated the news with several fans calling for the return of former boss, Slavisa Jokanovic.
Ranieri had also upset Fulham supporters with his controversial decision to drop fan-favourites, Ryan Sessegnon, and Tom Cairney for a more defensive approach.
You can come back home now boss @Jokanovic
— KATIE NICHOLLS (@SuperKatPebbles) February 28, 2019
Get Slav back
— Max Thompson (@MaxThompson10) February 28, 2019
Finally. Give the boys hell Parker! More importantly, let them attack again!
— Nicholas Everett (@NMEverett01) February 28, 2019
Fantastic!! Good luck Scotty.
— Luke (@lukemcewen) February 28, 2019
Sadly the right decision. I was angry when Slav was sacked but the urge to kick in the TV nullified by the fact that we had appointed Ranieri. who seemed a good choice, but not every manager fits every club. All we can do now is back Scott Parker.
— bob cain (@bobcainffc1971) February 28, 2019
Speaking of his exit, Ranieri told Fulham’s website: “I am obviously disappointed with the recent results and that we could not build on the good start we made following my appointment.
“Finally, I would like to thank the club, the players and the fans for the support they have given me during my time at the club.”
Parker’s first match in charge will be against his former employers Chelsea on Sunday, when the Blues travel to Craven Cottage.
Before his struggling side face Leicester away, and then both Liverpool and Manchester City at home.
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