Watford FC have named ex-Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri as their new head coach following the sacking of Xisco Muñoz.
The Italian arrives at Vicarage Road boasting a wealth of experience in charge of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Premier League, Coppa Italia and Copa del Rey titles among his managerial highlights.
Besides his four-year stay at Stamford Bridge – which saw the Blues improve their points total season on season – and a spell in charge of Fulham between 2018 and 2019, Ranieri’s best-publicised period in England was as boss of Leicester City.
The Foxes had battled relegation the season prior to Ranieri’s arrival at the King Power Stadium, but the 69-year-old oversaw an incredible 2015/16 campaign in which they defied odds of 5,000/1 to lift the Premier League trophy as champions.
His appointment at the Hornets helm comes after the Watford side announced the departure of Muñoz on the weekend following their 1-0 loss to Leeds.
The board said the reason for the sacking was because “recent performances strongly indicate a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should be visibly improving”.
Watford currently sit 15th in the table with seven points from their opening seven Prem games.
Ranieri will have the international break to settle in, before a baptism of fire at Vicarage Road on Saturday, October 16 when his new side will face Liverpool.
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