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Ranieri set out to leave in the midst of reports of crisis talks with the owner of Fulham



Publication date: Thursday February 28, 2019 2:15

The future of Claudio Ranieri as a manager of Fulham seemed uncertain on Thursday, amid reports that he had to be fired.

The Cottagers were defeated 2-0 at the relegation rivals Southampton on Wednesday night.

The fourth direct defeat of the Premier League leaves the club west of London at 19th place, 10 security points with 10 games.

The reports from Thursday suggested that the Italian, named in November, was ready for showdown talks with the club's hierarchy, the general director, Alistair Mackintosh and vice president Tony Khan, after which he was expected to lose his job.

When contacting him Sports Press Association On Thursday afternoon, Fulham said the coach had taken the planned training, but did not offer any other comment.

Ranieri, who led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, supervised only three wins, with 11 defeats of 17 games in command.

Some of the sections of Fulham fans have already lost faith in the 67-year-old boy, "you do not know what you are doing" during the 2-0 defeat in Southampton.

A banner that contains the words: "Is there no risk? Are you watching Tony Khan?" It was unveiled in reference to the comments made by the club's vice-president after the appointment of the Italian in November.

Speaking after the meeting, Ranieri maintained that he did not know if his position was under threat. Asked about his future, the head of Fulham replied: "My job? I do not know. Ask the owner."

Ranieri, who suggested he could speak with Fulham chief Shahid Khan on Thursday, remained challenging about the team's survival hopes.

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"Something could happen. If you do not believe it is done," he added. "You have to believe. You have to fight. If you do not fight, you've lost.

"Always in my career, I'm used to working hard. I know it's very difficult, but even mathematically it's impossible to continue fighting."

Scott Parker's first team coach, who used to play the club, was suggested as a possible interim appointment if Ranieri was fired.

Slavisa Jokanovic had led Fulham to the Premier League with the victory over Aston Villa in the Wembley playoffs final, but was dismissed after a bad start in life on the first flight.

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