Claudio Ranieri is expected to complete a deal to become Watford’s manager.
It is understood the vastly experienced Italian manager will replace Xisco Munoz at
Vicarage Road Stadium. The 69-year-old will become Watford’s 13th permanent
manager since owners the Pozzo family took control in 2012
Watford announced Munoz’s departure on Sunday morning after just seven Prem
games having won two, drawn one, and lost four and the club in 15th.
A statement said: “The Board feels recent performances strongly indicate a negative
trend at a time when team cohesion should be visibly improving.
“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.”
Munoz also released an emotional statement which read: “It’s been a wonderful
journey and it concluded in a way that I neither expected nor wished for.
“I am grateful and will only remember all the good things I have experienced.
“It is a sad day for me and my family because it marks the end of a period at a club
and in a city where we have felt at home.
“It’s only been a year, but I will never forget the fans’ intensity and the treatment you
have always given me over the year.
“I will always be a Watford fan. Thank you for everything.”
Munoz took over in December 2020 and guided Watford back to the top flight after
finishing second in the Championship.
The club are now looking for their 18th manager in the last 10 years and are close to
securing the services of Ranieri.
The Italian has spent the past two years in Serie A with Sampdoria before stepping
down in the summer.
Watford will be the fourth English club he has managed after Chelsea, Fulham and
Leicester – the latter being his most successful stint having lifted the Premier League