Ranieri to Nantes delayed... because he's too old!

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The former Leicester City manager is set to take over the Ligue 1 club once the French Football Federation ratify the deal

Claudio Ranieri is set to become the new manager of Nantes, though the confirmation has been delayed due to the Italian coach's age.

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The former Leicester City boss, who won the Premier League title in miraculous circumstances in 2015-16, has been unemployed since February of this year.

The 65-year-old was dismissed after a disastrous slump in form saw the Premier League champions slide into the relegation zone.

However, he is now set to return to management in France, though Nantes must await the confirmation of the deal from the FFF.

The governing body of Ligue 1 does not allow the recruitment of a manager over the age of 65, and Ranieri turned 65 in October of 2016.

Speaking to France Info, club president Ndd Waldemar Kita said: "The League agrees, I believe that only the French Football Federation (FFF) with Mr. (Raymond) Domenech is delaying the appointment a little, I do not know why.

“What we are interested in is the experience of Ranieri as a footballer and coach, since we know that he has coached the biggest teams in Europe.”

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