Watford has appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new head coach following the dismissal of Xisco Munoz. The contract with the new coach has been agreed for two years. “Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new Head Coach, on a two-year contract,” the club confirmed the transfer news on their website.
Ranieri’s most recent position was with Serie A club Sampdoria, where he avoided relegation and finished in the middle of the table in the 2020/21 season. Since then he has been unemployed but the Hornets have suddenly signed him.
Ranieri will be tasked with maintaining Watford in the Premier League this season, and he will be hoping for more success than he had with Fulham in his previous job in England. He won just three of his 17 games before being replaced by Scott Parker, who ultimately led the Cottagers to relegation, taking over midway through the 2018/19 season.
However, Ranieri’s tenure in England has not been without its ups and downs. He is most known for leading Leicester City to an improbable Premier League title in 2016, although he also had some success with Chelsea in the early 2000s. His managerial resume also includes stints with Juventus, Roma (twice), and Inter, indicating that he has a strong pedigree.
Presently, Watford is standing 15th in the Premier League table, having won twice, drawn once, and lost four times in their first seven games. Having lost in the third round to Championship Stoke City last month they’re also out of the Carabao Cup.
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 (12.30 pm KO).