Watford ‘in talks’ with PL-winning manager after Munoz sacking

Date published: Sunday 3rd October 2021 1:15 - Jason Soutar

Watford-linked manager Claudio Ranier shouting on the sidelines

Watford are in talks with Claudio Ranieri to become their new manager following the sacking of Xisco Munoz.

Ranieri notably guided Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2015/16 before he was dismissed by the Foxes the following campaign.

The Italian left his role as Sampdoria boss at the end of last season and is currently out of work.

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According to Sky Sports, Ranieri has been a target for Watford in the past and is known ‘very well’ by the club’s owners. He turns 70 later this month and has also managed Fulham and Chelsea in England.

The Hornets announced Munoz’s departure on Sunday morning, a day after their 1-0 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road.

His sacking comes only seven games into the Premier League season with the club sat 14th in the table on seven points.

A statement read: “The board feels recent performances strongly indicate a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should be visibly improving.”

Munoz took charge at Vicarage Road last December and successfully guided the club back to the top flight with a second-placed finish in the Championship last term.

The statement added: “The Hornets will always be grateful to Xisco for the part he played in securing last season’s promotion and wish him well for his future career in football.

“No further club comment will be available until the imminent announcement of a new head coach.”

Speaking after their narrow 1-0 loss to Leeds, Munoz admitted it was a disappointing display from his side, but preferred to focus on Leeds’ strengths rather than his own players’ short-comings.

“We know exactly the intensity of them,” the Spaniard said. “It was with more intensity than us.

“They won all the duels, they shoot more times than us and they wanted to win the game more than us.

“We knew before the game with the numbers. We know Leeds are number one with intensity and it’s true.”

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