Ranieri back in Premier League at Watford

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Claudio Ranieri is back in charge of a Premier League team after being appointed as Watford manager.

The Hornets announced the former Chelsea and Leicester boss has signed a two-year contract at Vicarage Road.

Ranieri, who turns 70 this month, becomes the 13th permanent boss of Watford since the Pozzo family took control of the club in 2012.

The Italian replaced Xisco Munoz, who was fired on Sunday after just 10 months in charge.

The Spaniard successfully guided Watford to promotion back to the top flight last season but performances at the start of this term did not satisfy those upstairs.

Ranieri takes over with the club 15th in the table with seven points from seven games, after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Leeds.

Ranieri is most famous for leading Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016 at pre-season odds of 5000-1, making it one of the most unlikely triumphs in sports history.

He left Sampdoria at the end of last season after achieving a ninth-place finish, having taken charge in October 2019 with the club bottom of Serie A.

He brings a wealth of experience to the job with his previous clubs including Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan and Monaco.

Despite his success at Leicester, he was sacked by the Foxes just nine months after their title triumph after a poor start to the 2016-17 campaign.

He has also managed the Greece national side and had a brief spell in charge at Fulham in 2018-19, lasting just 106 days after being unable to steer them away from relegation trouble.

His first match with Watford will be the home clash against second-placed Liverpool on October 16 after the international break.

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