Claudio Ranieri Sacked By Watford After Just 14 Games

Watford

Watford have sacked boss Claudio Ranieri after 14 games and less than four months in charge.

Premier League veteran Ranieri, now aged 70, was appointed on October 4th after previous manager Xisco Munoz was sacked – but managed only seven points from 13 Premier League games and a 17% win rate.

Last Friday’s 3-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Norwich saw Watford drop into the bottom three with 18 matches left of the campaign and seemingly put the nail in the coffin in terms of Premier League winner Ranieri’s managerial stint at the club.

A club statement confirmed the news, with the reason confirmed as “a change being needed” to give a new appointment time to lift Watford out of trouble.

“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.”

Watford’s next manager will be their 15th manager since the Pozzo family took charge of the club in 2012.