Ranieri shortlisted to become new Guinea coach

The Guinea Football Federation will also interview Belgian Leekens.

In Summary

• Former Leicester boss headlines 17-man shortlist to become Guinea coach.

• The former Fulham boss is set to be interviewed in Conakry on Thursday.

Former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri
Former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri

Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been shortlisted for the vacant position as coach of the Guinea national team.

The Italian, who managed Chelsea between 2000 and 2004, was among 87 applicants for the role and is one of 17 coaches to be interviewed by the Guinea Football Federation.

Feguifoot report the 67-year-old is scheduled to be interviewed in Conakry on Thursday.

Ranieri, who departed Roma in May after two months in charge of his boyhood club, is arguably the most successful of the candidates.

He has managed Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Monaco among other clubs in a 33-year management career.

Other names on the shortlist include former Belgium, Tunisia and Algeria coach Georges Leekens and the former DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge. Former Burkina Faso and Gabon boss Paulo Duarte, ex-Togo coach Didier Six and Francois Zahoui who has coached both Ivory Coast and Niger will also be considered by the Guinea Football Federation.

The new coach will succeed Paul Put who was dismissed after Guinea were knocked out of the recent Africa Cup of Nations by Algeria at the round of 16 stage. Put was subsequently banned for life from all football-related activities in Guinea by Feguifoot after he was found guilty of allegedly breaching the institution’s code of ethics and its code of discipline.