Serie A Ranieri steps down as Cagliari manager amid retirement reports

Claudio Ranieri will leave his job as Cagliari coach by mutual agreement, the Serie A club said on Tuesday, as local media reported that the 72-year-old was set to retire from football.

The announcement came after Cagliari guaranteed themselves another season in the Italian top flight following their away win at Sassuolo on Sunday.

Sky Sports Italia reported that Cagliari will be Ranieri’s final team, as he has decided to retire from football. The Italian coach, who had previously managed Cagliari in 1988, had one year remaining on his contract after joining the club last season and leading them to promotion from Serie B.

“In his two spells with the club, he always managed to lead the team to achieve their original objective,” Cagliari said in a statement.

“These are tears of joy and gratitude for the man who was able to write some of the most beautiful scripts in Cagliari’s history. What he did will remain indelible in the hearts of every supporter.”

Cagliari’s survival in Serie A this campaign was secured with Sunday’s two-goal victory at Sassuolo — a result that confirmed the relegation of the home side — ahead of Ranieri’s side’s final match of the season, at home to Fiorentina on Thursday.

Ranieri returned to Cagliari 17 months ago for a second stint at the club after more than 30 years coaching elsewhere in Italy, England, France and Spain. His contract with the club had been due to run until June 2025, but both parties confirmed on Tuesday the final year would not be fulfilled.

Ranieri is one of the most decorated head coaches in football, with his second stint at Cagliari — whom he previously coached between 1988 and 1991, guiding them from the third-tier to Serie A — the 23rd coaching role of his career.

“I have decided to leave now and it is the right time. I do so reluctantly, because it was a hard and painful decision, but I think it’s right,” Ranieri said.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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