Monaco sack Claudio Ranieri

Monaco's Italian coach Claudio Ranieri looks on before the kick of a French L1 football match between Bordeaux and Monaco on August 10, 2013
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Ligue 1 club Monaco part company with Italian head coach Claudio Ranieri with immediate effect.

Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri has lost his job as head coach of Monaco.

The Ligue 1 club have taken the decision despite the fact that the Italian guided the Red and Whites back into France's top flight in 2013, before leading them to the runners-up spot behind champions Paris Saint-Germain last term.

Speaking at a press conference, sporting director Vadim Vasilyev said: "It was a difficult decision. It is not clear when the results are very good. We are looking for a coach who has an offensive vision and can make a good show."

Reports have claimed that current Sporting Lisbon boss Leonardo Jardim is the leading contender to replace Ranieri.

Sporting's coach Leonardo Jardim shouts during the Portuguese league football match Vitoria FC vs Sporting Lisbon at the Bonfim stadium in Setubal on March 9, 2014
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