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Ranieri open to Spartak Moscow role

April 23, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Former Roma boss Claudio Ranieri says he is tempted by the prospect of managing Russian side Spartak Moscow and would seriously consider any offer put forward by the club.

GettyImagesClaudio Ranieri resigned from his post at Roma in February after a poor run

Ranieri, 59, left the Giallorossi in February after a terrible run of results threatened to end the capital club's quest for Champions League qualification.

But the former Juventus coach, who has also managed in England with Chelsea and in Spain with Valencia and Atletico Madrid, is ready to return to work.

Ranieri has identified Russia as a a possible destination after watching friend and compatriot Luciano Spalletti enjoy fantastic success with Zenit St Petersburg, leading them to a league and cup double in 2010.

"In recent years, a lot of information on the internet has linked me with Spartak Moscow," Ranieri told ItaSportPress. "I think I would like to work in Russia - there my friend Luciano Spalletti is coaching.

"At the moment no one from the leadership of the Moscow club has contacted me but if I get an offer to lead the Muscovites, I will think. The main thing is that the club is a real project for the future."

Spartak are on the lookout for a new coach after Valery Karpin stepped down following a dire start to the new season that has left the club bottom of the Russian League and saw them thrashed 10-3 on aggregate by Porto in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Ranieri may face competition for the post from fellow Italian and 2006 World Cup winner Marcello Lippi, who has also been linked with the job.