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Ranieri to Nantes delayed... because he's too old! logo 12-06-2017

Claudio Ranieri is set to become the new manager of Nante, though the confirmation has been delayed due to the Italian coach's age.

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The former Leicester City boss, who won the Premier League title in miraculous circumstances in 2015-16, has been unemployed since February of this year.

The 65-year-old was dismissed after a disastrous slump in form saw the Premier League champions slide into the relegation zone.

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However, he is now set to return to management in France, though Nantes must await the confirmation of the deal from the FFF.

The governing body of Ligue 1 does not allow the recruitment of a manager over the age of 65, and Ranieri turned 65 in October of 2016.

Speaking to France Info, club president Ndd Waldemar Kita said: "The League agrees, I believe that only the French Football Federation (FFF) with Mr. (Raymond) Domenech is delaying the appointment a little, I do not know why.

“What we are interested in is the experience of Ranieri as a footballer and coach, since we know that he has coached the biggest teams in Europe.”

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