Report: Everton interested in appointing Claudio Ranieri as manager

Everton are interested in appointing Claudio Ranieri as their next manager, according to Calcio Mercato.

The Italian outlet claims the Toffees see the former Leicester City boss as a potential replacement for Carlo Ancelotti.

Many names have been thrown into the mix since the Italian manager left Goodison Park unexpectedly on Tuesday after Real Madrid came calling, and Ranieri was also going to get a mention having recently resigned.

The 69-year-old left Sampdoria at the end of 2020-21 after guiding them to a mid-table finish, and is currently looking for another job.

Not a gamble worth taking

While we have been linked with a Premier League-winning manager here, this is not a deal we should be looking to seal.

Since leading Leicester to their miraculous league title in 2016, Ranieri has struggled to replicate that success, and Everton surely can do better.

He was dismissed in February 2017 with the Foxes just a point above the relegation zone with 13 matches remaining in the season.

The former Chelsea boss joined Nantes four months later but left at the end of the season with the Ligue 1 club finishing 2017-18 in ninth position.

Fulham brought Ranieri back to the Premier League in November 2018, hoping he could work his magic in their fight against the drop.

While he led them to a 3-2 victory in his first match, ending their winless run since September, he was sacked in February 2019 having won just two of his next 16 games.

He returned to Roma the next month and narrowly missed out on a top-four finish at the end of the season.

Ranieri is hardly out of work for long, and was appointed by Sampdoria in October 2019 with the side rock-bottom in the Serie A.

He guided them to 15th place at the end of the season before leading them to ninth place in 2020-21.

Everton are aiming for a permanent place in the top-seven and Ranieri does not look like a good fit for the job.

We do not think he is a gamble worth taking, and it is one the club must not consider.

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