October 05, 2021

Meet Claudio Ranieri, Watford’s New Coach

Watford FC have announced the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as its new manager on a deal that will run until 2023.

The appointment comes after the club sacked his predecessor, Xisco Munoz, on Sunday, 3 October, after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds United, which left the Hornets languishing in 15th place on the Premier League standings.

In a statement posted on their website on Monday, 4 October, the club confirmed that Ranieri will take charge of the squad for the first time when they play Liverpool next Saturday, 16 October.

The 69-year-old Italian, per the statement, enjoyed a playing career from 1973 to 1986, featuring spells at Roma, Catanzaro, Catania and Palermo. Thereafter, he accrued an impressive coaching resume that saw him managing the likes of Napoli, Chelsea, the Greek national team, and – most recently – Sampdoria.

His achievements include winning the 2016 FIFA Best Men’s Coach award, the 2015/16 Premier League Manager of the Season award, and the 2016 LMA Manager of the Year award.

Here’s hoping that Ranieri can bring Watford out of their slump and raise them to new heights!

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