Watford have sacked their manager Claudio Ranieri after just three months of appointment following a poor run of form.
Ranieri took reins in October following the sacking of former boss Xisco Munoz but failed in his attempts to turn around the fortunes of the Hornets who have under his tutelage dropped into the relegation zone for the first time this season.
The 3-0 loss at home to fellow relegation battlers Norwich nailed the hammer on his coffin.
According to the statement released by the club on Monday evening the club said:
“The Hornets’ board recognises Claudio as a man of great integrity and honour, who will always be respected here at Vicarage Road for his efforts in leading the team with dignity
The statement reads further:
“However, the board feels that, with nearly half of the Premier League campaign remaining, a change in the head coach position now will give a new appointment sufficient time to work with a talented squad to achieve the immediate goal of retaining Premier League status.
No further club comment will be made until this new appointment is confirmed in due course.”
The 70-year old since appointed managed to pick up seven points from a possible 42 [14 league games].
Ranieri’s first game was a 5-0 capitulation in the hands of Liverpool at the Vicarage Road back in 16th October before he went on to secure a 5-2 headline victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
A notable victory was the 4-1 hammer of Manchester United which led to the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer at Man United.
However, that win was his last as his side have been brought down to earth 11 times out of his 14 games in charge.
Watford have the whole time in the world to secure the services of another manager before taking on Burnley in their next game on February 5.
The ‘Tinkerman’ completes the quintet of managers told to walk away since Javi Garcia in September 2019, a period which has seen the likes of Quique Flores Sanchez, Nigel Pearson, Vladimir Ivic and Xisco Munoz hired and fired.
14 managers have now been fired by Watford since the takeover by the Pozzo family in 2012.
Ranieri etched his name in history books after guiding Leicester City to the English Premier League title against all odds, a feat still described to this day as one of football’s greatest underdogs story.
A traveller in management, Ranieri has journeyed the lengths and breadths of European football having coached sides such as Chelsea, Nantes, Sampdoria, Parma, Juventus, Inter, Monaco etc.