Nantes' Italian head coach Claudio Ranieri looks on at the start of the French L1 football match between RC Strasbourg Alsace and Nantes FC at La Baujoire Stadium, in Nantes, western France on May 19, 2018. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP)        (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)

6 Things Claudio Ranieri Must Do to Save Fulham's Faltering Season

News broke on Wednesday morning of Claudio Ranieri's appointment as the new Fulham boss, succeeding the outgoing Slavisa Jokanovic at Craven Cottage.

Whilst there was little surprise regarding the news of Jokanovic's sacking, it was rather more unexpected that former Leicester City hero Ranieri had been appointed so swiftly in his place.

There had been little speculation ahead of the announcement, but the official confirmation is set to spark a great deal of intrigue, excitement and anticipation in seeing what the future holds for Fulham under their new management.

With the Italian tactician now installed at Craven Cottage, here is a selection of the first six things Ranieri must do to save Fulham's faltering season...

1. Restore the Feel Good Factor

Fulham's summer was buoyed with excitement and anticipation upon their return to the Premier League. After sealing their place in the English top flight via the Championship playoff final last term, the west London side spent big in the summer.

A heavy investment campaign during the summer saw a raft of exciting new additions made to Fulham's squad in a bid to aid Jokanovic's side's step up to the Premier League, generating a great deal of positivity and expectation for a rapid rise to the challenge.

However, last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool saw the Cottagers fall further into the Premier League basement, with Fulham still sitting rock bottom and three points for safety. Fulham's battle for survival is not dead yet, but it will need all of Ranieri's positive energy to recharge the feel good factor.

2. Get the Best Out of Fulham's Stars

Despite the number of high profile arrivals during the summer which included star names such as Jean Michael Seri, Andre Schurrle and the permanent signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic, few of Fulham's marquee names have delivered on their promise this season.

The surprising nature of Fulham's poor form this term has largely been down to the under-performance of their star players. Fulham's squad had appeared well armed and bolstered to a level capable of competing with anyone in the division.

The big names have so far failed to deliver, however, and Ranieri must get to work on his stars in the way that he was able to squeeze the best out of the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez at Leicester

Fulham certainly have the quality, and Ranieri must unlock their potential.

3. Unite the Squad

Perhaps one of the biggest issues in getting Fulham's star names to deliver has been a lack of real cohesion and unity as a squad. It is a typical by-product of investing heavily in a high quantity of new signings that the team will take time to gel.

Ranieri displayed his renowned expertise for establishing an excellent team mentality at Leicester, when the Italian established a unity and collective force among his players which could upset the greatest of odds.

Leicester lost just three matches during their title-winning campaign under Ranieri, and their success was largely down to an excellent collective strength and team mentality. The Italian coach was largely responsible for breeding that cohesion, and must establish a similar unity within the Fulham squad.

4. Establish Clear Tactics & Vision

Whilst great players can win games, great teams generally require a clear and cohesive vision to work towards, and that typically comes from the concise tactical approach of their manager.

Fulham have often switched formations and personnel in a bid to find a winning formula this term, but the indecisiveness and lack of vision has failed them in establishing any stability. From his spells with both Chelsea and Leicester, Ranieri has become a renowned tactician.

The Italian's habit for switching his team selection saw him branded 'the tinkerman' at Chelsea, but a more clear and structured vision was largely behind the remarkable success of his Leicester side's achievements. Ranieri must implement his tactical expertise and an established identity to give his Fulham squad a clearer vision to fulfil.

5. Instate a Winning Mentality

One of the greatest qualities of Ranieri's Leicester side was their remarkable ability to not only not know when they were beaten, but their refusal to accept anything less than victory.

The Foxes punched well above their weight under the 67-year-old's management, and that was largely down to an ability to stand toe-to-toe with any given opponent, no matter how technically superior.

Ranieri's positive energy and his nurturing of a winning mentality saw the Italian rightfully recognised for his influence at the King Power Stadium, and that same strength and conviction must be transferred to his new charges who look desperately short on confidence and direction at Fulham.

6. Impose Style & Charm at Craven Cottage

One of the greatest assets of Ranieri's managerial persona and one of his most endearing qualities as a football man has always been the Italian's renowned charm and charisma.

The likes of Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp are often spoken of in terms of their bold personalities in equal weight to their coaching methods, but Ranieri's personality has become famed for its intersection with the style and quality of his teams.

Leicester's title-winning side were widely seen as reflective in their bold playing style of Ranieri's class and confidence in the way that he went about his business. The Italian is widely regarded as a hugely positive and much loved figure in football, and perhaps that infectious positive energy is just what is needed to galvanise this Fulham squad and save their season.