Claudio Ranieri returns to EPL as Watford's new coach

The 69-year-old enjoyed stints at the helm of Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Leicester, Roma, Parma, Juventus, Inter Milan, Monaco, the Greece national team, Nantes and Sampdoria.
Claudio Ranieri returns to EPL as Watford's new coach
New Watford manager, Claudio RanieriWatford via Getty

Former Chelsea manager, Claudio Ranieri, has joined Watford on a two year deal as their new manager.

The Premier League club on Monday announced the appointment of Ranieri as the replacement of Xisco Munoz who was sacked a day ago.

Ranieri, who led Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016, left his role at Sampdoria in Italy this summer.

"Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new Head Coach, on a two-year contract," the Hornets wrote on its website.

The 69-year-old will be joined at Watford by Assistant Coaches Paolo Benetti and Carlo Cornacchia, as well as Fitness Coach Carlo Spignoli.

Ranieri arrives at Vicarage Road boasting a wealth of experience in charge of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Premier League, Coppa Italia and Copa del Rey titles among his managerial highlights.

Having enjoyed a storied 13-year-long playing career that featured spells at Roma, Catanzaro, Catania and Palermo in his homeland, Ranieri made his name in management with Cagliari at the turn of the 1990s.

He went on to enjoy stints at the helm of Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Leicester, Roma, Parma, Juventus, Inter Milan, Monaco, the Greece national team, Nantes and Sampdoria.

Ranieri's first match in charge of the Hornets will be at home to Liverpool on Saturday October 16.

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