Claudio Ranieri: Watford in talks to appoint Italian after sacking Xisco Munoz as head coach

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Claudio Ranieri: Watford in talks to appoint Italian after sacking Xisco Munoz as head coach


Watford is in talks to appoint Claudio Ranieri as new head coach following the sacking of Xisco Munoz.

Ranieri, who guided Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016, stepped down as manager of Sampdoria at the end of last season.

Watford sacked head coach Xisco Munoz after less than 10 months in charge on Sunday morning, with the club seated 14th in the Premier League after winning seven points in their first seven games.

Ranieri, who turns 70 later this month and has also managed Chelsea and Fulham, is very well known to the owners of Watford and Sky Sports News has been informed that he has been a candidate for a management position in the past.

Watford is expected to have a new boss in charge ahead of his next Premier League home game against Liverpool on October 16.

Spaniard Munoz replaced Vladimir Ivic in December 2020 and guided the club towards automatic championship promotion last season.

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Xisco Munoz brought Watford back to the Premier League, with a 14-game winning streak in the last 18 games of the 2020-21 league season

Munoz’s last game in charge was a loss to Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday – described as a ‘1-0 hit’ by goalkeeper Ben Foster.

“The board believes that recent performances strongly indicate a negative trend at a time when team cohesion is expected to improve visibly,” the club said in a statement.

“The Hornets will always be grateful to Xisco for his role in securing promotion from last season and wish him well in his future football career.

“No further club commentary will be available until the imminent announcement of a new head coach. “

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Amid a club team overhaul after their promotion, Watford saw captain Troy Deeney leave after an 11-year stint while first-team regulars Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah also left.

Munoz, who is the first manager to be sacked in the Premier League this season, started the new campaign with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa at Vicarage Road.

However, four losses in six league games followed that victory, with their only other victory over newly promoted compatriot Norwich.

Watford also left the Carabao Cup in the third round for Championship club Stoke last month.

Munoz’s departure means the club are looking for their 13th different permanent manager since the Pozzo family finalized the Watford buyout in 2012.

Who would take Watford’s post now?

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Darren Lewis and Darius Vassell told the Super Sunday Matchday on Sky Sports News that the sacking of Xisco Munoz at Watford could possibly deter future replacements

Speaking on Great Sunday match day, said Darren Lewis, associate editor of the Daily Mirror, Sky Sports News: “If you sack a manager in seven games, you make your job even more difficult to find a replacement.

“I remember when they were looking for someone to fill the position before Xisco and that search took a long time.

“They’ve had 16 managers (including goalies) over the past 10 years – it’s a club with no longevity. Even if you do well, even if you do what they asked you to do, you don’t have the time and the breathing space to be able to lean on your work.

“Who would want to take this job now?” “

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