Claudio Ranieri has revealed he will implement a defensive style of football at Fulham after being named as the club’s manager on Wednesday.
The Italian was announced the new manager in a statement released by the club that simultaneously hired him and sacked Slavisa Jokanovic, with Ranieri signing a ‘multi-year contract’.
Jokanovic, who led the club to promotion from the Championship in May, had only won one game in the Premier League this season and was told that had been relieved of his duties at Fulham in a telephone conversation the morning of the announcement.
During his time at Craven Cottage, Jokanovic implementing an attractive passing brand of football that gained plaudits from across the country last season when they went on a 23-game unbeaten run, but that style struggled to adapt to life in the top flight.
Ranieri, however, has different ideas.
With Leicester City, he implemented a counter-attacking style of football that put emphasis on defence before hitting teams on the break through the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy – a style that won the side an unlikely Premier League title.
At Fulham it will be no different, with Ranieri revealing he will focus on the defensive aspect of the entire team.
Speaking to the club’s website, he said: “As an Italian manager, for us the defensive way is the best for the team.
“It is important to have a strong vision of the defence – not just the full-backs or goalkeeper, all the team.
“For me, team spirit is important but I know there is a good group. The fighting spirit is very important
“I hope our fans push us and we need their strength. We need their support always. We will never give up.”