Claudio Ranieri’s has given his first interview as Fulham manager
‘Always, I look forward and want more’: Claudio Ranieri plans to push Fulham up the table following his appointment
- Claudio Ranieri says his hunger is still there after taking on difficult Fulham job
- Ranieri reveals defensive solidity will be a big part of his plans at Craven Cottage
- Fulham have by far the worst defence in the Premier League, conceding 31 goals
Claudio Ranieri has revealed improving Fulham’s defence will be his first order of business after taking over from the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday.
The former Leicester City boss arrives at Craven Cottage with Fulham rock-bottom of the Premier League table and by far the worst defensive record in the division.
Fulham have conceded an impressively bad 31 goals in just 12 games – six more than any other team – at an average of just over 2.5 goals per match. It is an area Ranieri believes requires immediate attention.
Claudio Ranieri gives his first interview with Fulham after taking charge on Wednesday
Ranieri said the defence would be his first port of call as he looks to turn fortunes around
He told Fulhamfctv: ‘You know as an Italian manager, for us that the defensive way is the best element for the team. It is important to have a strong vision of the defensive way.
‘But it is not only the full back or the goalkeeper, it is all the team. When you attack, you attack in an 11; when you defend, you have to defend in an 11.
‘Always I look forward and want more. I hope to make a very good job here.’
"Always, I look forward and want more. I hope to do a very good job here."
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Ranieri poses inside Craven Cottage after being unveiled as the new Fulham manager
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Ranieri, who won the title with Leicester in 2016 before being sacked the very next season, was confirmed as successor to Jokanovic on Wednesday.
Jokanovic was informed he would be sacked in a phone call with Fulham owner Shahid Khan at 8am on Wednesday morning.
The call came after Fulham had sounded out a number of potential candidates before agreeing terms with the charismatic Italian, the man who had signed Jokanovic as a player while Chelsea boss.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was, reportedly, among those contacted about the position.
Jokanovic lead Fulham back to the Premier League via the play-offs last season, but has been unable to put £100million worth of summer signings to good use this term.
The Cottagers have just five points to show from their first 12 league games and have not tasted victory since beating Burnley 4-2 in August.
Ranieri was sacked by Leicester just months after leading them to the Premier League title
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