Former Leicester and Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri in advanced talks to take over at Watford, after Premier League winner emerged as a shock candidate following Xisco’s sacking 

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  • Watford sacked Xisco Munoz in just seven games of the season on Sunday
  • The Spanish coach was sacked despite ensuring a return to the Premier League last term
  • According to reports in Italy, Claudio Ranieri has agreed to replace Munoz
  • Rainieri led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2015–16

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According to a report, Claudio Ranieri has agreed to become the new Watford boss after Xisco became the first Premier League manager to lose his job.

The Italian Premier League is understood to be on the verge of taking over the reins of the club, sky in italy Said.


mail online revealed on Saturday that the Italian had emerged as a serious contender to take the reins at Vicarage Road and behind the scenes believe a deal for the 69-year-old is within reach.

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Claudio Ranieri set to replace Xisco Munoz as Watford manager, reports in Italy

Rainieri (left) led Leicester to the Premier League title in the 2015–16 season

Rainieri (left) led Leicester to the Premier League title in the 2015–16 season

Watford has sacked head coach Zisco Munoz after just seven games in the new season

Watford Next Manager Odds

Claudio Ranieri – 1/5

Diego Martinez – 7/2

Paulo Fonseca – 16/1

Eddie Howe – 18/1

Frank Lampard – 18/1

Courtesy of Sky Beto


A Forest Hornets source said the move to recruit Ranieri was ‘effectively done’ yesterday, with indications that the contract will last until the end of next season.

The appointment would mark a shocking return to English football for one of the Premier League’s most recognizable figures.

Rainieri is most famous for leading Leicester City to an unexpected title win in 2016 – one of the most unforgettable achievements in top-flight history.

His first job on these coasts was with Chelsea, joining the Blues in 2000 before being replaced by Jose Mourinho four years later.

Ranieri, who has also managed the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Inter Milan and Roma, spent a spell in charge at Fulham but could not save the club from relegation in 2019.

But he is now in line for his fourth job in the Premier League as Watford’s Italian hierarchy has made the move to hire his countryman.

It comes just six months after guiding him to Premier League promotion in his first season

It comes just six months after guiding him to Premier League promotion in his first season

Watford boss Gino Pozzo (above) has sacked seven managers over the past five years

Watford boss Gino Pozzo (above) has sacked seven managers over the past five years

Ranieri’s emergence as a target for the Hornets came when he decided to time Xisco’s brief, but ultimately successful, time in charge.

The Spaniard only arrived at Vicarage Road in December, and the 41-year-old took the club back to the Premier League in his first season.

But the ruthless Watford called for Muoz’s reign yesterday morning, less than a year after his arrival and seven games into the Premier League season.

Xisco was popular among Watford players and staff, with many finding his reign refreshing and enjoyable following the stint of predecessor Vladimir Ivic.

Ivic’s time-in-charge has been described as pitiful to sportsmail, while many disliked the Serb’s allegedly rude behavior.

Rainieri's most recent appointment was in Serie A as Sampdoria's manager over two seasons.

Rainieri’s most recent appointment was as Sampdoria’s manager in Serie A over two seasons.

And while Jisko’s dismissal yesterday morning came as an immediate shock to many within the football staff, it felt as though the former Dinamo Tbilisi boss had been borrowed long before August – citing his lack of control at the club. was seen as a clear indicator. Towards your imminent departure.

Saturday’s loss to Leeds left the Hornets in 15th place with seven points, meaning they are almost on track to reach the 40-point golden mark.

Nevertheless, Watford has sacked another manager amid concerns over the direction the club is heading and will now seek to hire its 16th boss in 10 years.

“The Board feels that recent performances indicate a negative trend, at a time when team cohesion should improve,” the club said in a statement.

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

17 Watford Bosses in 10 Years

Malke McKay (Sacked June 2011)

Sean Dyche (June 2011-July 2012)

Gianfranco Zola (July 2012-December 2013)

Giuseppe Sannino (December 2013-August 2014)

Oscar Garcia (September 2014)

Billy McKinley (September 2014-October 2014)

Slavisa Jokanovic (October 2014-June 2015)

Quick Sanchez Floors (June 2015-May 2016)

Walter Mazari (July 2016-May 2017)

Marco Silva (May 2017-January 2018)

Xavi Gracia (January 2018-September 2019)

Quick Sanchez Floors (September 2019-December 2019)

Hayden Mullins (caretaker, December 2019)

Nigel Pearson (December 2019-July 2020)

Hayden Mullins (caretaker, July 2020)

Vladimir Ivic (August 2020-December 2020)

Xisco Munoz (December 2020-October 2021)



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