Claudio Ranieri has left Monaco after two seasons in charge, as reported by MailOnline Sport:
BREAKING: Monaco part with manager Claudio Ranieri— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) May 20, 2014
The Italian manager, who oversaw an influx of riches arrive at the principality side, moves on after leading Monaco to the Ligue 1 runners-up spot during their returning season in the top flight.
Reports prior to Ranieri's departure suggested Leonardo Jardim had already signed a two-year contract to manage the rejuvenated side, per Sky Sports. Jardim recently guided Sporting Lisbon to second place in the Portuguese Liga, no mean feat, considering the capital-based side finished six points clear of usual title contenders Porto.
The 39-year-old perhaps offers a fresher outlook than Ranieri, who has struggled for elite league success across his managerial career. Monaco are certainly looking to secure a more ambitious, attack-minded coach, as reportedly outlined by club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev, via Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC:
Vasilyev claims that it was a decision taken together with Ranieri & thanks him for doing a very good job. #ASM— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) May 20, 2014
Vasilyev admits it was a difficult decision as results have been very good, but ASM looking for new dynamic at this stage of project. #ASM— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) May 20, 2014
Vasilyev says Monaco now looking for attack-minded coach who can give the club's fans (few) an entertaining spectacle. #ASM— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) May 20, 2014
Ranieri has never won a European top-flight division, despite capturing Serie B and C titles in Italy, plus the Ligue 2 crown in France. The 62-year-old—remembered as the Tinkerman after his time in England—has succeeded in cup competitions, winning the Copa del Rey, the Coppa Italia, the Intertoto Cup and the UEFA Super Cup throughout his extensive career.
Ranieri's time at Monaco certainly cannot be called a failure. He took control of a fast-developing side that expected instant success alongside the injection of cash, something he delivered.
Monaco's inability to topple Paris Saint-Germain, which are further along the line of utilising mega riches, shouldn't be held against the manager who led his team to 23 victories, 11 draws and just four losses in 38 matches this season, per WhoScored.com.
Jardim's alleged installment as the new boss cannot be confirmed just yet, according to Johnson:
Vasilyev says he cannot confirm the identity of new coach yet as there are still a few details left to take care of. #ASM— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) May 20, 2014
The new manager's arrival signals another summer of change for Monaco, a club expected to add plenty of world-class names to their squad in time for the Champions League return. Stars such as Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez joined last year, suggesting it could be a bumper summer for the club.
Hefty transfers certainly bring palpable expectations, and like Ranieri, the next manager will be expected to build an entertaining set of winners with haste.