Claudio Ranieri is on the verge of being sacked at Fulham, a report has stated. According to Daily Mail, the club’s fans have lost faith in the Italian, who will hold a meeting with the club’s vice chairman, Tony Khan on Thursday.
Khan has been at the club’s training ground in Motspur Park this week, overseeing activities.
Ranieri was pushed further to the exit door, following Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Southampton in the Premier League. The London side are 10 points off safety and have lost seven of their last eight league games.
The report further said there are claims by insiders at the club that asking the former Chelsea boss to go is a case of when, not if.
Scott Parker is expected to take over on an interim basis.
Ranieri signed a two-year deal when he took charge in November, which reportedly included “no relegation break clause”.
At the time, chairman Shahid Khan described his appointment as “risk-free”.
However, fans on Wednesday night turned on Ranieri, who insisted he wouldn’t resign. They displayed banner with the message “risk free? Are you watching Tony Khan.”
Chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” also greeted Ranieri’s second-half substitutions.
The Fulham boss after the game admitted that he didn’t not know whether his job was under threat.
When further asked about his future, Ranieri replied: “My job? I don’t know. Ask the owner.”
The former Valencia of Spain coach, who made history when he won the first ever league title for Leicester City in 2016, insisted he will continue to fight to keep the team afloat with 10 games remaining.
“Something could happen. If you don’t believe, it’s done,” he added.
“You have to believe. You have to fight. If you don’t fight, already you’ve lost.
“Always in my career, I’m used to work hard. I know it’s very difficult but until mathematically it’s impossible we continue to fight.”
Fulham are second from bottom on the table on 17 points from 28 games.