Watford sacked Claudio Ranieri on Monday after another Premier League defeat against Norwich (0-3). Arrived in October, the Italian coach failed to improve the performance of the Hornets, 19th in the championship.
Three months and then goes. Arrived in October after the ousting of Xisco Muñoz, Claudio Ranieri is no longer the coach of Watford. The technician failed to save his place at the head of the team after the new defeat conceded against Norwich on Friday (0-3) during the 23rd day of the Premier League.
« Watford confirm the departure of head coach Claudio Ranieri, wrote the English club in a message posted on social networks. The board of directors of the Hornets recognizes Claudio as a man of great integrity and honor, who will always be respected here at Vicarage Road for his efforts to lead the team with dignity. »
Corrected at home against a direct competitor for maintenance, the Hornets are now part of the relegation with a disappointing 19th place in the standings. The partners of the Frenchman Moussa Sissoko are two lengths behind (and one game less) on Norwich. Worse, sixteenth place held Everton are already five points down.
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No wins since November
Claudio Ranieri was therefore unable to resist Watford’s first passage through the red zone this season. In danger for several weeks, the Italian technician also pays for the bad timing of this new rout, which occurred before a small truce in the Premier League. Watford will not play until February 5 and a trip to Burnley, another rival for maintenance.
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Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal comes as no surprise as the team’s performance has not improved since his arrival. In 13 league games under the direction of the transalpine coach, the Hornets have signed two wins, one draw and ten defeats. Worse, the Pozzo family-owned club fell from 15th to 19th place in three months and have not won since November 21.
Champion of England in 2016 with Leicester, Claudio Ranieri multiplied the complicated adventures after his ousting from the Foxes in February 2017. After a good stint in Nantes during the 2017-2018 season, the Italian was then dismissed from Fulham (17 matches in 2018-2019), AS Roma (12 matches in 2019) or even Sampdoria. This time, his tenure at Watford will have lasted even less.