Stamford Bridge boss linked with return to former stamping ground.
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Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has resigned as coach of Serie A side Roma after they crashed to a fourth-successive defeat.
Roma imploded at Genoa on Sunday, going down 4-3, having at one stage led 3-0.
The defeat leaves Roma nine points behind city rivals Lazio in fourth spot, which provides the chance to qualify for the Champions League.
Ranieri, who managed Chelsea from 2000 to 2004, took charge of Roma in September 2009.
The 59-year-old Italian has also coached a number of other Serie A teams, including Juventus, as well as Spanish clubs Valencia and Atletico Madrid.
In midweek, Roma’s Champions League campaign suffered a severe setback after the 3-2 home defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Stadio Olimpico. (BBC Sport)
There is growing speculation that Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti may be approached about taking the vacant post at the Stadio Olimpico now that Claudio Ranieri quit due to a succession of poor results and one wonders if the fact that realistically the Blues boss is now only fighting on one front at Stamford Bridge may lead to the Italian making a move to the club he has great ties with.
Ancelotti spent eight successful years as Roma captain from 1979 to 1987 during which time he was a cult hero at the club and helped them to a scudetto and four Italian cup successes. A move back to Italy and a return to the capital based club may prove mighty tempting if he continues to fail to inspire his side this season and the chances of such a return may well increase if the West London side fails to manage to retain a top four spot come the end of the season.