Former Roma and Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri has been appointed coach of Serie A side Sampdoria, the club confirmed on Saturday.
The 67-year-old manager, who took over as coach at Roma last March after di Francesco was sacked, has signed a contract until June 2021.
Ranieri guided the Roman outfit, who he played for during his football career and had previously coached, to a sixth-place finish, missing out on Champions League football.
Sampdoria finished ninth last season, with Di Francesco taking over after Marco Giampaolo left for AC Milan.
The Genoese club have just one win in seven games and are bottom of the table, with 16 goals conceded.
Ranieri is a man with lots of experience when it comes to the game,having coached Chelsea, Valencia, Monaco, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus and Napoli.
His first game in charge will be at home against former club Roma on October 20.