Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri is set to make his return to Serie A with Sampdoria.
The 67-year-old is reportedly set to take over at the struggling Italian club following the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco on Wednesday evening.
Sampdoria have had to endure a nightmare start to the new campaign having only won one out of their opening seven games of the season. That solitary victory came against Torino in September.
As a result of their horrendous start, the club sit bottom of the Serie A table with just three points and as many points from safety. They have also struggled to find the back of the net having scored just four goals throughout the league season so far this campaign.
Following his expected appointment, Sampdoria would become Ranieri’s 19th club of his career and tenth in total in his home country. He has also had stints with Fiorentina, Parma, Juventus, Inter Milan and has twice taken the reigns at AS Roma.
His last role came in the capital as he was appointed at the Stadio Olimpico for the final three months of last season. Despite a relatively positive time in charge, his contract was not extended.
Ranieri now has to have a similar impact with Sampdoria. The club are at odds of 21/10 with Betfair to be relegated from Serie A this season.