Claudio Ranieri: Watford appoints Italian as successor to Xisco Munoz | Football news
Watford has appointed Claudio Ranieri as new head coach for a two-year contract after sacking Xisco Munoz.
The Italian, who guided Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016, stepped down as manager of Sampdoria at the end of last season.
Watford, who is 15th in the Premier League with seven points in seven games, sacked head coach Munoz after less than 10 months in charge on Sunday morning.
🤝 Watford FC are delighted to confirm the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new head coach.
Welcome to Watford, Claudio! ??
– Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) October 4, 2021
Spaniard Munoz, 41, replaced Vladimir Ivic in December 2020 and guided the club towards automatic promotion to the Championship last season.
Munoz’s last game in charge was a 1-0 loss to Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday.
Ranieri is Watford’s 13th different permanent boss since the Pozzo family completed their Watford buyout in 2012.
Ranieri, who turns 70 later this month and has also managed Chelsea and Fulham, is well known to Watford owners, who believe he has been a candidate for the post before.
His first game in charge will be against Liverpool in the Premier League at Vicarage Road after the international break on October 16.
Watford’s next eight games:
|Liverpool (h)||October 16|
|Everton (a)||23 october|
|Southampton (h)||October 30|
|Arsenal (a)||November 7|
|Manchester United (h)||November 20|
|Leicester (a)||28 november|
|Chelsea (h)||November 30 (the luminaire will be moved to a later date in the week)|
|Manchester City (h)||December 4|
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