Watford part ways with Munoz
Watford confirmed earlier today that they had parted ways with head coach Xisco Munoz after yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Leeds United.
In a statement put out on social media, they 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.
No further club comment will be available until the imminent announcement of a new Head Coach.
ℹ Watford FC confirms Xisco Muñoz has left his post as the club’s Head Coach.
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) October 3, 2021
Munoz leaves Watford sitting in 14th place, with seven points from seven games, while whoever comes into the hotseat will face a baptism of fire in their opening encounters.
This is all well and good but whoever is appointed now has:
And Manchester City
In seven of their next 8 PL games.
Hardly an ideal start and with the Watford board, they could be onto manager 3 by the end 😂👀 https://t.co/bTcbQdqbcQ
— Ben Browning (@BenBrowning3) October 3, 2021
Ranieri a surprise candidate
Just an hour after the announcement was made, Gianluca Di Marzio and Fabrizio Romano have reported that Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri has emerged as a surprise candidate for the role of the Hornets top man.
Watford are currently looking for a new manager after sacking Xisco. Claudio Ranieri has been contacted as potential candidato – talks ongoing. Watford will decide their new manager soon. 🟡 @DiMarzio @SkySport #WatfordFC #EPL
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 3, 2021
As per Di Marzio, the Italian is “ready to come back to the Premier League” after his last spell, which was largely an unsuccessful one with Fulham in the 2018-19 season.
He is however, of course, the man who famously guided Leicester City to their against the odds title win in 2015-16.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) October 3, 2021
Would he be the right man to keep Watford up this season?
This article was edited by Josh Barker.