Nantes president Waldemar Kita announced head coach Claudio Ranieri will leave the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season.
Ranieri was only appointed in June on a two-year deal but the Italian is set to depart after just one campaign with Nantes 10th in the table heading into the final match of the season.
💬 Waldemar Kita : "Nous remercions Claudio Ranieri et son staff pour tout le travail effectué cette saison et leur souhaitons beaucoup de réussite dans leurs prochains projets."#GrazieMister pic.twitter.com/hbW6G680OZ— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) May 17, 2018
"We can't hide anything. We had a meeting with the sponsors, he thanked everyone," Kita said.
"He has to be thanked for all the work he has done.
"It has not always been easy, there are regrets, but this is life and there is no anger."
Nantes were challenging for European qualification until they faded late in the season, with Ranieri's men a point adrift of ninth-placed Montpellier and two clear of Guingamp ahead of Strasbourg's visit on Saturday.