Watford hire Claudio Ranieri as manager after sacking Xisco Munoz

Watford has appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

Ranieri, who led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, agreed to a two-year contract with the Hornets to replace the sacked Xisco Munoz.

A statement on the club’s website announced, “Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new head coach, on a two-year contract.”

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Ranieri takes over with Watford in 15th place in the Premier League.

The 69-year-old Italian left Sampdoria at the end of last season and had been looking to return to the game since then.

Xisco had led Watford to promotion from the Championship last season, but he was sacked on Sunday after only 10 months in charge.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Leeds prompted Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family, to act, with the club claiming a “negative trend” in performances had convinced them to sack Xisco.

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