Claudio Ranieri: Watford in talks to appoint Italian after Xisco Munoz resigns as head coach | Football news

Watford is in talks to appoint Claudio Ranieri as their new head coach following the sacking of Xisco Munoz.

Ranieri, who led Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016, left his role as manager of Sampdoria at the end of last season.

Watford sacked head coach Xisco Munoz after less than 10 months in charge on Sunday morning, with the club 14th in the Premier League after winning seven points from their first seven games.

Ranieri, who turns 70 later this month and has also managed Chelsea and Fulham, is very well known by the Watford owners and Sky Sports News has been told that he was a candidate for the leadership position in the past.

Watford are expected to have a new boss in charge for their next Premier League game at home to Liverpool on October 16.

Spaniard Munoz replaced Vladimir Ivic in December 2020 and guided the club to automatic promotion from the Championship last season.

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Xisco Munoz led Watford back to the Premier League, with a run of 14 wins from the last 18 games of the 2020-21 season.

Munoz’s last game was a defeat to Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday – described as a “1-0 assault” by goalkeeper Ben Foster.

“The board believes that recent performance strongly points to a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should visibly improve,” the club said in a statement.

“The Hornets will always be grateful to Xisco for the role he played in securing last season’s promotion and wish him all the best for his future football career.

“Until the imminent announcement of a new head coach there will be no further club commentary.”

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Amid an overhaul of the club’s squad following their promotion, Watford saw captain Troy Deeney leave after an 11-year stay, while regular first-team players Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah also left.

Munoz, the first manager to be sacked from the Premier League this season, started the new season with a 3-2 win against Aston Villa at Vicarage Road.

However, four defeats in six league games followed that win, with their only other win over newly promoted Norwich.

Watford also left the Carabao Cup in the third round of Championship club Stoke last month.

Munoz’s departure means the club are looking for their 13th other permanent manager since the Pozzo family completed their takeover of Watford in 2012.

Who would take the job at Watford now?

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Darren Lewis and Darius Vassell tell Super Sunday Matchday on Sky Sports News Xisco Munoz’s sacking from Watford could potentially deter future replacements

Talk about Super Sunday game day, Daily Mirror assistant editor Darren Lewis told: Sky Sports News“If you fire a manager seven games later, you make it even more difficult to find a replacement for him.

“I remember before Xisco they were looking for someone to take the job and that search was a long one.

“They’ve had 16 managers in the last 10 years (including carers) – that’s a club with no longevity. Even if you do it right, even if you do what they’ve asked you to do, you don’t get the time and breathing room to get on.” build your work.

“Who would want to take that job now?”

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