Claudio Ranieri and Monaco Officially Part Company Amid Leonardo Jardim Rumours

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2014

LILLE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 03:  Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri looks on prior to kick off during the French Ligue 1 match between OSC Lille and AS Monaco at the Grand Stade Metropole Villeneuve-d'Ascq on November 3, 2013 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
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Claudio Ranieri has left Monaco after two seasons in charge, as reported by MailOnline Sport:

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.

Ranieri, who has previously enjoyed spells with clubs including Chelsea, Juventus and Roma, will be chiefly remembered at the Stade Louis II for returning Monaco to France's elite division.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 27:  Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri looks on before the the pre season friendly match between Leicester City and Monaco at The King Power Stadium on July 27, 2013 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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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:

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.

PIRAEUS, GREECE - SEPTEMBER 18:  Leonardo Jardim, coach of Olympiacos FC during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Olympiacos FC and FC Schalke 04 at the Karaiskakis Stadium on September 18, 2012 in Piraeus, Greece. (Photo by Dimitri Mess
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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:

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.