West Brom target takes over at Monaco

Updated: May 30, 2012

Claudio Ranieri has signed a deal to take charge of  AS Monaco. The deal will mean that West Brom who have been linked to the Italian in recent weeks will have to look elsewhere for a new coach to replace the recently departed Roy Hodgson.

Ranieri has been out of work since being relieved of his position at Inter Milan in March; but he has been linked with several jobs this summer and has now made his mind up to head to Monaco. He is reported to have signed a two-year plus one optional year contract and takes over from Italian compatriot Marco Simone with immediate effect.

“Ranieri is regarded as one of the top European coaches and he is bringing us his experience,” Monaco said in a statement on their official website.

Monaco are currently in the second tier of French football and they will be desperate for Ranieri to take them back into Ligue 1 following a disappointing season for the former Champions League finalists.

The former Chelsea manager’s decision ends any possibility of him returning to the Premier League before the start of the new season, having been among the favourites

to replace Roy Hodgson at West Brom.

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace is understood to have held talks with Ranieri last week, but will now have to think about other options. Birmingham manager Chris Hughton has been connected to the role but Birmingham have claimed to have received no approach from West Brom for the former Newcastle manager according to Sky Sports News.

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