Claudio Ranieri has been announced as Watford head coach after signing a two year deal.

He replaces Xisco Munoz who was sacked yesterday after a poor away defeat at Leeds United.

The Italian, known as the Tinkerman, held positive talks with club representatives in Italy yesterday before flying in to complete the deal at London Colney today.

He brings with him assistant coaches Paolo Benetti and Carlo Cornacchia, as well as fitness coach Carlo Spignoli.

It is understood he rejected options from Serie A in order to accept a job back in the Premier League.


Ranieri famously won the English top flight title with 5000/1 underdogs Leicester City in 2016 and has also managed Chelsea and Fulham in the same division.

More recently, he has taken charge of Roma and Sampdoria in Serie A and also has experience with the likes of Athletico Madrid and Juventus from a long career in management.

He joins with the Hornets sitting in 15th place, having picked up seven points from their opening seven matches this season.

The 69-year-old will undergo something of a baptism of fire in his opening weeks as head coach, with the next eight fixtures pitting Watford against all of the current top four, as well as the likes of Manchester City, Leicester and Arsenal.

His task will also initially be made harder with several of his players away on international duty ahead of his first game in charge against Liverpool on October 16 in the early kick off live on BT Sport.