Last updated : 31 May 2007 By editor

The Guardian reports:

'Claudio Ranieri is set to become Manchester City's manager if a prospective takeover by Thaksin Shinawatra goes through.

'Thaksin is completing due diligence with a view to buying City but also had matters in his native Thailand to consider yesterday after he was banned from politics for five years and his party, the first to win an absolute majority in the country's history, disbanded. The ban extended to the entire 111-member executive committee of his Thai Rak Thai (Thais Love Thais).'