Greece Appoint Claudio Ranieriby Jack Kitson / 25 July 2014, 13:36Tweet
Greece have appointed former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri as their new coach on a two-year deal. The 2004 European Champions - who reached the 2014 World Cup last-16 - had been on the lookout for a replacement for Fernando Santos, whose contract expired after the tournament, and they have now found their man in Ranieri.
It is Ranieri's first job since he was harshly sacked by AS Monaco at the end of last season. The Italian spent two years at the mega-rich French club, leading them up to Ligue one in 2013, before securing second spot behind PSG, and thus Champions League qualification, in their first campaign back in the big time.
The experienced manager, who has managed the likes of Chelsea, Valencia and Juventus, will now step into the international management arena for the first time, with the aim of leading Greece through to Euro 2016. The Greeks have been placed in qualifying Group F alongside Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland and the Faroe Islands, and have been installed as the 5/4 (Bet365) to top the pile, while they can be backed at just 1/3 to qualify.