- Watford sack head coach Zisco Munoz after poor form
- The Hornets were beaten 1-0 by Leeds on Saturday and have lost four so far
- The club has a rich history of crushing owners – Muoz is seventh in five years
- Claudio Ranieri is the early favorite of bookmakers to capture Vicarage Road
Watford have axed yet another manager as Xisco Munoz was sacked just seven games into the Premier League season after a 1-0 loss to Leeds.
The Spaniard was hired 10 months ago and guided the Hornets to an immediate return to the top flight, but the board has decided to pull the trigger after a recent poor performance that has seen them lose four times.
Sacking managers is nothing new for the Hertfordshire organization – Munoz is now the seventh boss to bite the dust in the past five years.
Watford has sacked head coach Zisco Munoz after just seven games in the new season
It comes just six months after guiding him to Premier League promotion in his first season
Watford boss Gino Pozzo is never afraid to be axed – he has sacked seven managers in the past five years
Watford Next Manager Odds
Claudio Ranieri – 1/5
Diego Martinez – 7/2
Paulo Fonseca – 16/1
Eddie Howe – 18/1
Frank Lampard – 18/1
Munoz is 14th with Watford on seven points – four above the drop zone after two wins, one draw and four losses.
The club said in a statement: ‘Watford FC has confirmed that Gisco Munoz has stepped down as head coach of the club.
The Board feels that the recent performance has indicated a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should improve.
The Hornets will always be grateful to Zisco for the role he played in securing the promotions last season and wish him the best of luck in his future career in football.
‘No further club comment will be available until the imminent announcement of the new head coach.’
Sportsmail understands that Claudio Ranieri is emerging as a shocking candidate to be the new Watford boss.
The Italian is seen as an option to take over the reins of the Premier League club as the club assesses potential candidates.
Watford finished the 2020-21 championship season with 91 points led by Munoz, who finished as runners-up to Norwich City.
That impressive run continued into the new Premier League campaign as they dealt a blow to Villa in the first season of the season, but the results have looked shaky since then.
The club said recent performances under the Spaniard with just two wins ‘signal a negative trend’
Watford started the campaign with a win but have since faltered and are now 14th
They lost their next three games in a row against Brighton, Tottenham and Wolves, before beating relegation rivals Norwich 3–1, before a draw against Newcastle and then losing to Marcelo Bielsa’s men, placing them 14th in the league. left in place.
He became the 17th boss to lead the club under owner Gino Pozzo, who was never afraid to sack the manager if things went wrong.
The Italian once sacked Billy McKinley after only two months, with a coach rarely going through a season during his tenure. Quique Sanchez Flores was sacked a year later in May 2016 and reappointed in September 2019 – and was sacked in December of the same year.
Nigel Pearson was hired to defend the club from relegation that 2019-20 season, but was shown the door just two games before the end of the campaign amid an alleged dispute with the owners.
Vladimir Ivic was selected to begin the rebuilding project at the Championship that summer, but only lasted until December, in which Munoz came in and put the club on a stellar run before running out of momentum in the top flight.
This continues the ridiculous nature of Watford appointments – Quique Sanchez Flores was sacked twice, his second spell lasted just two months
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)