Watford appoint Ranieri as manager on two-year deal

London, October 5 (BNA) Watford FC announced the appointment of Claudio Ranieri, the former Chelsea and Leicester City coach, as its new coach, on a two-year contract.

Italian Ranieri, who led Leicester to the league title in the 2015-16 season, will replace Xisco Munoz following the departure of Spaniard Watford on Sunday after their 1-0 loss to Leeds United the day before, Reuters reported.

The last time Ranieri, 69, worked in the Premier League was during the 2018-2019 season when he took charge of Fulham in November, but he was sacked after winning three of his 17 games with the team.

He left Sampdoria at the end of last season having finished ninth, having taken charge in October 2019 with Serie A bottom.

Ranieri brings a wealth of experience to Watford, having also managed Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Roma and Inter Milan.

Watford are 15th with seven points from seven matches, four points from the relegation zone. They then host second-placed Liverpool on October 16 after the international break.

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