Ranieri has been appointed as the next manager of Watford
Watford confirmed on Monday that Claudio Ranieri has been hired as the club’s new manager.
Ranieri, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, has signed a two-year deal with the Hornets to replace Xisco Munoz, who was fired.
According to a statement on the club’s website, “Watford FC is happy to reveal the hiring of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new head coach, on a two-year deal.”
After seven points from their first seven games, Ranieri takes over with Watford in 15th place in the Premier League.
Since leaving Sampdoria at the end of last season, the 69-year-old Italian has been trying to return to the game.
Xisco guided Watford to promotion from the Championship last season, but he was fired after only ten months in command on Sunday.
Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family, acted after the club’s 1-0 defeat against Leeds on Saturday, saying that a “bad trend” in performances had forced them to move on from Xisco.
Since the Pozzo family gained control of Watford in 2012, Ranieri has been the club’s 13th permanent manager.
With teams like Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan, and Atletico Madrid on his CV, he has a plethora of experience.
Ranieri last worked in the Premier League in 2018-19, when he was at Fulham.
On October 16, Watford will play Liverpool at Vicarage Road in their debut game under Ranieri’s leadership.
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