The 65-year old Italian, whose recent Premier League heroics will no doubt have optimistic Canaris fans hoping for continued improvement in their Ligue 1 fortunes, was confirmed as the club’s new manager on Thursday following news that the Ligue de Football Professionnel will make a special dispensation for his appointment.
The LFP’s stipulation that Ligue 1 managers have to be below the age of 65 initially appeared to be a major obstacle in the way of Nantes securing Ranieri’s services, but the club managed to obtain special permission for the appointment to go ahead.
Speaking to the Ligue 1 official website about the challenge which lies ahead for him and his club, the Premier League winner was full of praise for the club’s young squad.
“I’m very happy to become FC Nantes’ new coach. They’re a team who are known the world over,” he said.
“I met with president Waldemar Kita, who was very enthusiastic. There are lots of good young players here at the club. I’m convinced that we’re going to have an excellent league campaign.
“I know this Nantes side well. The fact that they went from the bottom of the table to finish seventh shows that it’s a quality squad. I’m used to working hard to get results,” the Italian added.
“I’ve come here with a lot of enthusiasm and I know that we will need all the supporters to get the job done.”