Years of moving around has grown wearisome for Leicester City’s journeyman boss Claudio Ranieri, but having sizeable sums of money flowing into his bank account every month hasn’t.
Hence why the Italian veteran is seeking a contract extension from his current employers, whom he hopes will be his last, for up to seven years.
Given the incredible campaign he has masterminded at Leicester, in which they have to win just three more matches to win the Premier League title, Ranieri’s wishes are far from unreasonable. But owing to the fact he has never previously held a job for that long before, the Foxes have no barometer with which to base their decision to accept or deny his request.
As any experienced TV professional will testify, getting a second season is tough going and, in the rare instances when the 64-year-old has kept his job beyond the first year he has typically done well, entrusting him for seven years may not be as crazy as it sounds.
Ranieri steered the Sardinian outfit to Serie A in two seasons, after taking his first high-profile managerial role in Serie C1.
A third-place finish was enough to cement a second successive promotion in year two of his three-term Cagliari stay.
Partenopei followed up a fourth-place finish the season before with an 11th in 92/93, accumulating just 32 points under Ranieri’s tutelage. Unsurprisingly, he was not invited to remain at the club for a third year.
He got La Viola promoted in his first campaign and consolidated in his second, though with Francesco Toldo, Manuel Rui Costa and Gabriel Batistuta at his disposal, perhaps he should’ve finished higher than 10th.
The Italian left Los Che a hero after qualifying for the Champions League and winning the Copa del Rey in his second campaign in Spain.
Ranieri’s sophomore year at Stamford Bridge was marginally better than his first; the Blues finished sixth in both campaigns, though recorded three more points in 01/02, while they also reached the FA Cup final.
He was sacked days before the season’s end after Inter were confirmed as Scudetto winners. However, the Old Lady finished one place higher than the year before and were closer to the champions too.
Another sacking after his second campaign, despite Les Rouges et Blancs finishing second to Paris Saint-Germain in their first season back in Ligue 1 after a two-year absence.