Claudio Ranieri has been named as Watford’s (10/11 to stay up) new manager on a two-year deal following the sacking predecessor Xisco Munoz on Sunday.
Despite starting the season fairly positively, amassing seven points from seven games and sitting 14th, the Pozzo family decided to make a change after a 1-0 defeat to Leeds at Elland Road.
It is the 14th time the owners have changed managers since they took over the club in 2012 with Munoz the latest casualty.
Now, they have turned to the vastly experienced 69-year-old Ranieri, who famously led Leicester City to an astonishing Premier League title in the 2015-16 season, despite being 5000/1 outsiders at the beginning of the campaign.
Those achievements saw him named Best Men’s Coach by FIFA as well as scooping the Premier League Manager of the Year gong.
Previously, he was Chelsea’s manager at the time Roman Abramovich took over and started spending heavily, with the Italian being replaced by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2004.
Since being sacked by Leicester in early 2017, Ranieri has managed Nantes in Ligue 1 as well as Roma and Sampdoria in his homeland, leaving the latter during the summer.
He also had a 106-day spell in charge of Fulham between 2018 and 2019, winning just three of 17 matches.
Coaches Paolo Benetti and Carlo Cornacchia as well as fitness coach Carlo Spignoli will join his team at Vicarage Road.
Ranieri’s first match in charge of his new club will be at home to Liverpool on October 16 (Match Betting – Watford 17/2, draw 9/2, Liverpool 4/11).