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Roma swiftly appoint ex-Fulham boss Ranieri as manager

Former Leicester and Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has been appointed Roma manager until the end of the season, reports BBC Sport.

The 67 year old was sacked by Fulham eight days ago after winning three of his 17 games in charge.

But the Roma fan - who managed the club between 2009 and 2011 - has been handed a quick return to management, replacing Eusebio di Francesco.

"I'm delighted to be coming back home," Ranieri said on Friday. "When Roma call you, it's impossible to say no."

Di Francesco was sacked on Wednesday after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Porto in the Champions League last 16.

Roma president Jim Pallotta said: "We are delighted to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the club.

"We have one objective remaining this season and that is to finish in the highest possible league position and secure qualification for the Champions League."

Roma are three points behind fourth-placed Inter Milan, who occupy the last Champions League spot.

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