Terms Agreed: Ranieri set to be appointed new Watford manager - Sources
Claudio Ranieri has agreed to be the new Watford manager, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Hornets sacked Xisco Munoz on Sunday morning (3rd October) and have moved quickly to appoint a replacement.
A Watford source has told Football Insider terms have been settled with Ranieri and he will be named as the successor to the sacked Munoz.
Watford currently sit 14th in the Premier League table after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away at Leeds United.
They have won two, drawn one and lost four of their opening seven games this term.
In their statement, the Watford board claimed: “Recent performances strongly indicate a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should be visibly improving”.
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Munoz spent 10 months in charge at Vicarage Road and helped secure promotion from the Championship last season.
His departure means the Hornets have now had 13 managers since the Pozzo family took over in 2012.
It is understood Ranieri has agreed terms to take charge as number 14.
The Italian manager has been out of work since leaving Sampdoria at the end of his contract this summer.
The 69-year-old spent two years with the Serie A outfit and guided them to a ninth-place finish last season.
Ranieri is perhaps best known in England for his shock title win with Leicester City back in 2016.
He joined the Foxes in 2015 and was dismissed in February 2017.
The Rome-born boss has since managed Nantes, Fulham, Roma and Sampdoria.
His only other spell in England came at Chelsea between 2000 and 2004.
He has also managed European giants such as Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan.