Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Confusion reigns with Ranieri 'announcement'

Another day, another angle.

A day after Claudio Ranieri was believed to be leaning towards a stay in Serie A with Parma, and amidst stories that the Shinawatra deal was on the verge of collapse, comes reports that Ranieri has agreed to take the vacant City job once the takeover by Shinawatra is completed.

Sky Sports were first to report this earlier this evening and there hasn't been much follow-up from other news outlets (or the club) in actually confirming the story as legitimate.

This of course all comes after the afternoon news that Ray Ranson had withdrawn his offer - but may re-enter the race should Shinawatra make a formal bid, which on the back of the Ranieri reports (if true) seems to be the end of any hopes that Ranson has of gaining control of the club.

If Ranieri has agreed to take the job, he must have almost certainly been tipped off that the takeover will be completed in the not too distant future, given that by doing this he appears to be severing his relationship with Parma.

Hopefully, the next week will draw a line under all of this and we can finally have new owners and a new manager in place, and get on with the important business of trying to put together a side for next season - something that is imperative given the lack of international football this summer is leading to sides bolstering their squads even at this early stage.

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5 comments:

Che Guevara, Bolivia said...

It's all smoke and mirror plus PR stuff. Until Frank has signed on the dotted line I won't believe alot of what is being printed at the moment.

MCFCstats said...

from an interview with Ranieri:

"With Manchester City, I hope to complete every stage. This time, I have been chosen whereas before, Abramovich found me at the club."

Looks like its a done deal...

Wigan Blue said...

Well, he didn't get this from nowhere. So somebody is out there talking to people. And it's somebody with sufficient credibility to convince Ranieri that the job was theirs to offer to him. Let's just wait and see if he resigns at Parma tomorrow. If he does, I'll be very encouraged. The best news so far...

Kartik said...

I'm guessing he won't resign at Parma until Shinawatra actually gains control of the club.

Wigan Blue said...

Well - he resigned. Best news so far!!