Ranieri lends support to Mourinho

BY foxsports • February 8, 2011

Roma boss Claudio Ranieri has revealed that he voted for Jose Mourinho to win the coach of the year award in Italy.

Ranieri believes Mourinho fully deserved the Panchina d'Oro, which was awarded to the Portuguese boss on Monday, after the he led Inter Milan to a historic Coppa Italia, Serie A and Champions League treble last season.

Ranieri said: "It's a truly deserved award and I also voted for Mourinho.

"To win the Scudetto with Inter was easy but to guide the club to a treble last season is something impressive.

"Besides our arguments, I have a lot of respect for him."

Ranieri finished third behind Mourinho and Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri, who guided Sampdoria into the Champions League last season.

Roma were runners-up in Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

Mourinho, who succeeded Ranieri as manager of Chelsea in 2004, left Inter to coach Real Madrid last summer.

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