Claudio Ranieri insists he has the backing of Watford's owners, despite losing the last seven games in all competitions.

Since the Italian took over from Xisco Munoz, the Hornets have played 12 times, winning just twice and losing the other ten.

However, club sources have recently told the Watford Observer that they are very happy to have him at the helm, as they prepare for what could be a season-defining week, with matches against relegation rivals Newcastle, Burnley and Norwich all taking place in the next six days.

And Ranieri himself insists that he retains the support of the board for the time being.

“The club believes in me, don’t worry,” he said.

“I have had assurances when I spoke with the board, with the chairman, with everybody and we are all together. It’s a fantastic group."

This week will likely have a big say on whether or not the Hornets will be playing Premier League football next season and Ranieri is keeping the faith.

He believes that he is experienced enough to spot a team's credentials and from what he has seen from his group, he is expecting them to steer clear of the drop zone.

“I have a lot of experience and I say we will be safe," he said. "It’s unbelievable our position. Unbelievable. My experience tells me we are a very good team and I can’t believe where we are.

"My experience is important. If I tell you you're a good player, you must believe me. Now, maybe some people say Watford is not good, I tell you Watford is a very good squad.

"I believe in my players, I believe in this squad, sooner or later also the pitch will tell me, Claudio you are right."