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Claudio Ranieri back in Premier League – Danny Murphy says will take Watford down because ‘old school’

2 weeks ago
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Claudio Ranieri is back in Premier League management.

Watford sacking Xisco Munoz on Sunday despite seven points in his opening seven games and getting the club promoted earlier this year.

Then next day appointing the former Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Leicester and Chelsea boss.

An interesting appointment, a right character, plus a lot of experience and success in his career.

Yet not everybody impressed by the choice, Danny Murphy describing Claudio Ranieri as ‘old school’ and someone who will relegate Watford.

Watford have a pretty poor squad but they have appointed somebody who amongst his achievements won the Premier League only five years ago with Leicester, whilst he has also won the Coppa Del Rey and Coppa Italia.

Danny Murphy saying such negative things about ‘old school’ Claudio Ranieri, yet at the weekend…in a case of can you actually believe he said this…that Steve Bruce (never won anything as a manager in 23 years, never even finished top nine in the Premier League) was actually doing a great job on Tyneside and that three points from twenty one and second bottom of the table (and out of the League Cup) ‘isn’t all that bad’ a start to the season for Newcastle United!!!

Watford Official Announcement:

‘Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new Head Coach, on a two-year contract.

The Italian arrives at Vicarage Road boasting a wealth of experience in charge of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Premier League, Coppa Italia and Copa del Rey titles among his managerial highlights.

Having enjoyed a storied 13-year-long playing career that featured spells at Roma, Catanzaro, Catania and Palermo in his homeland, Ranieri made his name in management with Cagliari at the turn of the 1990s.

Successive promotions in Sardinia – as well as the Coppa Italia Serie C title – were followed by stints at the helm of Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia and Atlético Madrid, before his first foray into English football with Chelsea in 2000.

Besides his four-year stay at Stamford Bridge – which saw the Blues improve their points total season on season – and a spell in charge of Fulham between 2018 and 2019, Ranieri’s best-publicised period in England was as boss of Leicester City.

The Foxes had battled relegation the season prior to Ranieri’s arrival at the King Power Stadium, but the 69-year-old oversaw an incredible 2015/16 campaign in which they defied odds of 5000/1 to lift the Premier League trophy as champions.

Such exploits saw Ranieri pick up a host of individual gongs, including the 2016 FIFA Best Men’s Coach award, the 2015/16 Premier League Manager of the Season award and the 2016 LMA Manager of the Year award.

As well as a second spell in charge of Valencia and two at hometown club Roma, Ranieri has also enjoyed the top job at Parma, Juventus, Inter Milan, Monaco, the Greece national team, Nantes and Sampdoria, the latter of which he left this summer.

Ranieri will be joined at Watford by Assistant Coaches Paolo Benetti and Carlo Cornacchia, as well as Fitness Coach Carlo Spignoli. His first match in charge of the Hornets will be at home to Liverpool on Saturday October 16 (12.30pm KO).

Welcome to Watford, Claudio!’

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