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Watford appoints Claudio Ranieri as manager on two-year deal

Watford have appointed former Chelsea and Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri as their new manager on a two-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday.

Italian Ranieri, who famously led Leicester to a shock league title in the 2015–16 season, will replace Zisco Munoz after leaving Watford on Sunday following their 1-0 loss at Leeds United the previous day.

The 69-year-old Ranieri last featured in the Premier League during the 2018–19 campaign, when he took over at Fulham in November, but was sacked after winning three of his 17 matches.

After taking over with Serie A’s club Bottom in October 2019, he left Sampdoria at the end of last season after finishing ninth.

Rainieri has brought a wealth of experience to Watford, having also managed Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AS Roma and Inter Milan.

Watford are 15th with seven points from seven matches, four points above the relegation zone. They will next host second-placed Liverpool after the international break on 16 October.

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