Claudio Ranieri is the latest manager to walk through the revolving Vicarage Road door as the Hornets seek Premier League (To stay up 10/11) survival.
One of the hallmarks of modern football is how little time managers get to arrest a sticky patch of form and Watford (Relegation 4/5) are an extreme example of that.
Despite taking them back up to the Premier League at the first attempt and guiding them to a reasonable 14th after four games, the Pozzo family, who have owned the club since 2012, decided to wield the axe as Xisco Munoz’s departure was announced on Sunday.
It is the 14th managerial change in their stint as owners and ow they have turned to a former Premier League winner.
One thing Ranieri will certainly bring is experience – that could prove to be invaluable when fighting against teams particularly near the foot of the table.
That winning mentality garnered from his time at Leicester may run off on the players who will be eager to impress a former winner of the English top flight.
In order to succeed however, Ranieri will have to discover what his best starting line up is – Xisco chopped and changed from week to week and there was never any consistency in team selection.
That might have something to do with their summer recruitment process – Watford brought in nine first-team summer signings and there was a sense that Xisco never knew his best team.
Ranieri, nicknamed “The Tinkerman” from his days as Chelsea boss may need to ditch that mantra and stick with a settled XI if he is to get success.
Finding a regular source of goals will also be a challenge with wide man Ismaila Sarr (Top goalscorer 150/1) doing most of the heavy lifting so far.
Ranieri’s first game on October 16 is something of a free swing as they host Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool (Match betting – Watford 17/2, draw 9/2, Liverpool 4/11).
On paper, a horrific run of fixtures are to follow – the next six being Everton, Southampton, Arsenal, Manchester United, Leicester, and Chelsea.
Ranieri will have to sprinkle some more stardust a la Leicester if he is to be a success at Vicarage Road.