Saturday, May 21

Watford sack Claudio Ranieri



Watford have dismissed Italian tactician Claudio Ranieri just four months after he was brought in to replace Xisco as the team’s head coach.

The 70-year-old coach was in charge for just 14 games, and managed to grab just one of the 24 points at stake in Watford‘s last eight Premier League games.

Watford were four points above the relegation zone when they appointed Ranieri, but they are now two points from safety, though they do have two games in hand.

Ranieri celebrated his first Watford win away at Goodison Park where the Hornets dismantled Everton 5-2, with his second victory coming three days later, when his team beat Manchester United 4-1 on home soil.

From that point on, Watford grabbed one point – against relegation rivals Newcastle – and they were knocked out in the third round of the FA Cup after losing 4-1 away at Ranieri‘s former team Leicester City.

Watford statement

Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Head Coach Claudio Ranieri.

The Hornets’ Board recognises Claudio as a man of great integrity and honour, who will always be respected here at Vicarage Road for his efforts in leading the team with dignity.

However the Board feels that, with nearly half of the Premier League campaign remaining, a change in the Head Coach position now will give a new appointment sufficient time to work with a talented squad to achieve the immediate goal of retaining Premier League status.

No further club comment will be made until this new appointment is confirmed in due course.

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