Claudio Ranieri has reaffirmed his intention to carry on coaching after his spell at Ligue 1 club Nantes came to an end.
Ranieri took over at Nantes in June 2017, guiding them to a ninth-placed finish this term, but announced on Thursday that he would be leaving the club by mutual consent.
The former Leicester City boss had previously talked up as a possible candidate to take over as Italy coach, although Roberto Mancini has now taken that role.
And Ranieri, whose parting gift to Nantes was a 1-0 victory over Strasbourg on the final day of the Ligue 1 season, is eager to continue his 32-year managerial career if the right opportunity comes along.
Waldemar Kita : “Nous remercions Claudio Ranieri et son staff pour tout le travail effectué cette saison et leur souhaitons beaucoup de réussite dans leurs prochains projets.”#GrazieMister pic.twitter.com/hbW6G680OZ
— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) 17 May 2018
“Nantes has been a positive spell, I have known fantastic supporters who deserve a lot,” the 66-year-old told L’Equipe.
“Now, let’s have a vacation by the sea! I have nothing planned for next year. I am free and I want to coach.
“In any case, I have passion, my motivation is intact. I have to rest and see if there is a good project.”
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