Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as Watford’s technical director.© AFP
Watford manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked on Monday after just 14 games for the struggling club in the Premier League. Ranieri was appointed in October to replace Xisco Munoz after the Spaniard was sacked. But the 70-year-old Italian was unable to improve Watford’s fortunes, with the Hornets only collecting seven points during his short reign. Just 112 days after his appointment, Ranieri paid the price for Watford’s relegation to the relegation zone after last week’s 3-0 defeat to rivals Norwich. “Watford Football Club can confirm the departure of coach Claudio Ranieri,” a club statement said.
Watford are second in the standings, two points behind the safety zone, after losing seven of their last eight league matches.
They have not achieved a win in nine games in all competitions, the longest without a win since 2013.
Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family, felt they had to act now to give the team a chance in their battle to avoid relegation following last season’s promotion from the Championship.
“The Hornets Board recognizes Claudio as a man of great integrity and honour, who will always be respected here at Vicarage’s way for his efforts to lead the team with dignity,” the statement said.
“However, the Board feel that with nearly half of the Premier League campaign remaining, the change in head coach position now will give a new appointment sufficient time to work with a talented squad to achieve the immediate objective of retaining Premier League status.
“No further comment will be made to the club until this new appointment is confirmed in due course.”
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