The new Fulham manager, Claudio Ranieri, revealed that he was a regular guest of Craven & # 39; a Cottage & # 39; and before his shock nomination as successor of Slavis Jokanovic on Wednesday.
67-year-old Ranieri lives on site and participated in the first Fulham game in the Premier League, losing 2-0 to rivals from London, Crystal Palace, including this season.
Fulham interviewed an experienced Italian before dismissing Jokanovic, but it is believed that former Chelsea boss and Leicester participated in matches as support and not a guest in the club's hierarchy.
"Craven Cottage is amazing," said Ranieri. "When I first came here, I thought:" Wow! "It's a story in itself, I've often come to see matches in Fulham because of my love of football." I came to the first game of the season against the Crystal Palace, Fulham played football very well and it was unbelievable that they lost two goals. "
Under the command of Jokanovic Fulham lost 31 goals in 12 Premier League matches – the worst defensive record in the best flight – and they are rooted at the foot of the table with only five points.
Ranieri said he would give priority to repairing this leaky defense, starting with a six-time fall from Southampton on November 24, the first match after an international break.
"Often this season, Fulham lost too many goals," he added. "As an Italian defensive manager, it's the best method of the team, it's important to have a strong vision of how to work defensively, not just a defender or a goalkeeper. When attacking, you attack as 11. When you defend, you defend yourself as 11.
"There is a lot of work here," he added. "I've watched matches with Manchester City and Liverpool, and the quality is high here, there's a good group here and the fighting spirit is very important, Southampton is a good team, but it's important to be prepared. I hope our fans will be able to push us We need the strength of all the fans because we need their support and we will never give up. "
At the other end of the pitch Aleksandar Mitrović scored five Fulham goals from 11 leagues, and Serbian admitted that the release of a compatriot is a bigger blow for him than the rest of the team.
Jokanovic signed Mitrovic on loan from Newcastle last season before concluding the contract permanently in the summer. "It's bad news for me, because everyone knows what impact he has had on me and my career," said Mitrovic. "He did a lot for my career, I can say that it's heavier for me."
Ranieri was dismissed as a manager in Leicester in February 2017, despite running the club for the title of the previous season and says he has unfinished interests in the Premier League.
"I felt I had to go back to England," said Ranieri in an interview for fulhamfctv. "I went abroad last season (to Nantes) to finish my story, but my feelings about English football are so strong that I felt I had to go back.
"Mr. Khan is an ambitious man and a good chairman, so I want to give him what he wants."