Premier League: Claudio Ranieri Appointed As Watford Manager

Claudio Ranieri

Watford confirmed on Monday that Claudio Ranieri has been named as the club’s new manager. Ranieri, who led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, has signed a two-year deal with the Hornets to replace Xisco Munoz, who was fired. “Watford FC is thrilled to confirm Claudio Ranieri’s appointment as the club’s new head coach, on a two-year deal,” the club stated in a statement on its website.

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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 hoping to return to the game.

Xisco led 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, stating that a “bad trend” in performances had forced them to part ways with Xisco.

Since the Pozzo family assumed control of Watford in 2012, Ranieri has been the club’s 13th permanent manager.

He has a long list of clubs on his resume, including Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan, and Atletico Madrid.

Ranieri last worked in the Premier League in 2018-19, when he was at Fulham.

Watford’s first match under Ranieri will be against Liverpool on October 16 at Vicarage Road.