Watford FC have announced the firing of manager Claudio Ranieri following their 3-0 defeat at Vicarage Road to fellow relegation rivals Norwich City.
This ends the Italian’s time at the struggling Premier League side, which ends with a woeful record of just two wins and a single draw from his fourteen games in charge.
Ranieri’s time looked to up from the moment Watford suffered defeat at the hands of the Canaries, and today’s announcement now leaves the Hornets looking for their seventh coach since 2018 and their third manager of the season.
This comes despite Ranieri’s post-match conference on Friday, where he suggested it was a change of mentality rather than personnel at the club that was needed.
Watford are now facing the bleak prospect of being in the relegation zone for the first time this season, with another lower-half of the table bout the next game up, this time against Burnley.
They’d hoped Ranieri coach could work the same magic he did in 2016 to take unlikely lads Leicester City from relegation fodder to league champions. Unfortunately, there seemed to be no spark this time round.
This brings an end to his fourth spell in English football, having previously managed Chelsea and Fulham, as well as Leicester.
No official statement by the club has been put out yet, but one is expected in due time.