Watford have appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new head coach on a two-year deal.

The appointment comes after the Hornets sacked Spanish boss Xisco Munoz after less than ten months in charge on Sunday after winning two of their opening seven games in the Premier League this season.

Xisco leaves Watford in 15th position after a mixed start to the season but they are three points off the top half of the table

Ranieri, 69, is now back in England to manage his fourth top-flight club having had spells with Chelsea, Leicester City and Fulham and the Italian coach was spotted being driven to Watford’s training ground in the back of a black Range Rover on Monday morning.

A statement on the club’s official website announced the appointment:

“Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new Head Coach, on a two-year contract.

“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.

“Having enjoyed a storied 13-year-long playing career that featured spells at Roma, Catanzaro, Catania and Palermo in his homeland, Ranieri made his name in management with Cagliari at the turn of the 1990s.

“Ranieri will be joined at Watford by Assistant Coaches Paolo Benetti and Carlo Cornacchia, as well as Fitness Coach Carlo Spignoli. His first match in charge of the Hornets will be at home to Liverpool on Saturday October 16 (12.30pm KO).”

“Welcome to Watford, Claudio!”

Ranieri was most-recently at Serie A side Sampdoria until he stepped down this summer, and was approached by several sides in his native country but he has always wanted to return to the Prem – and now he appears to have his chance having previously coached Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester where he defied the odds to win the premier League in 2016.

Watford’s first game under Ranieri after the international break will be a stern test at home to title-chasing Liverpool.


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