Claudio Ranieri has been announced as the new manager at Watford
Claudio Ranieri has returned to the Premier League to manage Watford after spells with Leicester City, Fulham, and Chelsea.
Following the departure of Xisco Munoz, who was sacked as the first Premier League manager of the season on Sunday, Ranieri has signed a two-year contract at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets won their first game back in the Premier League under Munoz against Aston Villa, but only collected four points in the following six games, leaving them in 15th place.
Ranieri is back in the Premier League.
Ranieri is no new to English football, having previously worked for Chelsea and Fulham, as well as leading Leicester City’s most surprising title-winning campaign.
Under the Italian’s guidance, the Foxes won the Premier League in 2015-16, with Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, and Jamie Vardy leading the way. They only lost three times all season.
Despite the victory, Leicester and Ranieri split up the following season, with the reigning champions just one point above the relegation zone with 13 games remaining.
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After a stint at Nantes, he returned to Fulham in 2018 but was dismissed after just 106 days in charge, with the Cottagers on the brink of relegation from the Premier League.
The former Chelsea manager’s most recent job was with Sampdoria, but he left in the off-season following a two-year tenure with the club, which he took over in 2019.
Watford is Ranieri’s 21st club in his 35-year career, having appointed and sacked five permanent head coaches since Marco Silva’s departure in January 2018.