Claudio Ranieri returns to the Premier League, these are 11 Italian coaches who have had a career in the Premier League
Former Leicester City coach, Claudio Ranieri, has finally returned to the Premier League . The Italian coach was appointed coach of Watford this season.
The 70-year-old coach replaced Xisco Munoz to guide Watford in the Premier League this season. Ranieri has signed a two-year contract with the Hornets.
Claudio Ranieri has a lot of experience in the Premier League. He has managed Chelsea, Leicester City and Fulham. Ranieri’s best achievement occurred when gushing Leicester City. He managed to deliver The Foxes to the Premier League champion in the 2015/2016 season.
However, Claudio Ranieri is not the only coach of Italian blood who has ever handled a Premier League club . There are several other coaches who also have experience dealing with big Premier League clubs. Who are they?
Gianluca Vialli is the first Italian coach to manage a Premier League club . He began coaching Chelsea in 1998, replacing Ruud Gullit who was sacked by the Blues management.
Vialli managed Chelsea only in a short period of time, namely from 1998 to 2000. However, he managed to give several titles, such as the FA Cup, League Cup, Charity Shield, Cup Winners Cup and European Super Cup.
The second Italian coach to manage a Premier League club after Attilio Lombardo. He officially took the chair at Crystal Palace in March 1998 until the 1997/1998 season ended.
However, Lombardo failed to boost Palace’s achievements. The reason, the club from the City of London ended the season by being at the bottom of the Premier League standings.
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola started his coaching career in the Premier League . The former Parma player was appointed coach of West Ham United in the 2008/2009 season.
Zola managed to lead The Hammers to finish in ninth position in the Premier League standings in his first season. However, Zola only lasted two seasons with West Ham United.
Carlo Ancelotti has been in charge of Chelsea for two seasons. With the Blues, Ancelotti managed to present three titles, namely the Premier League , FA Cup and Community Shield.
Apart from Chelsea, Everton have also used the services of Ancelotti. He only had a season and a half working at Goodison Park before returning to Real Madrid.
After his success with Inter Milan, Roberto Mancini moved to the Premier League . He was appointed manager of Manchester City in 2009.
Four seasons dealing with The Citizens, Roberto Mancini’s achievements are not too bad. He won the Premier League, FA Cup and Community Shield.
Roberto Di Matteo
Roberto Di Matteo achieved great success while managing Chelsea. The Italian coach managed to lead the Blues to win the 2011/2012 Champions League season.
In addition to the Champions League, Roberto Di Matteo also won the FA Cup while working at Stamford Bridge. Before leading Chelsea, Di Matteo had sat in the coaching chair of West Bromwich Albion for one season.
Paolo Di Canio
Paolo Di Canio was appointed to take charge of Sunderland on 31 March 2013. He replaced Martin O’Neill who had been sacked the day before.
Unfortunately, Paolo Di Canio’s career at the Stadium of Light was not long. The former Lazio player only led Sunderland for seven months.
Francesco Guidolin made his debut in the Premier League as a coach on 18 January 2016. At that time, he was trusted to lead Swansea City.
The former Udinese coach’s gait with Swansea was not quite satisfactory. As a result, Guidolin only lasted nine months at Liberty Stadium.
Before Claudio Ranieri, Watford had been handled by an Italian coach. He is Walter Mazzarri.
Mazzari took charge of Watford from 1 July 2016 to 22 May 2017. During 10 months working at Vicarage Road Stadium, the former Inter Milan coach failed to deliver.
Chelsea recruited Antonio Conte as coach in 2016. The former Inter Milan tactician’s gait with the Blues was not too bad.
Antonio Conte managed to bring Chelsea won the Premier League title and FA Cup. However, Antonio Conte ultimately had to leave Stamford Bridge in 2018.
To replace Antonio Conte, Chelsea again recruited an Italian-blooded coach. This time the Blues made their choice to Maurizio Sarri.
Despite only serving for one season, Sarri managed to donate one title. He led the Blues to win the 2018/2019 Europa League.