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Watford’s new boss Claudio Ranieri set to make his first signing as free agent to join the Hornets

Watford’s new boss Claudio Ranieri set to make his first signing as free agent to join the Hornets

Ranieri takes the reins at Vicarage road

A 1-0 defeat to Leeds United last weekend was enough to compel the Watford board to take drastic action, with the Hornets having taken 7 points from their opening 7 games back in the top-flight.

The man responsible for guiding the club to promotion, Xisco Munoz, saw his contract terminated after just 10 months in charge.

A statement on the club’s website read:

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.

Xisco’s replacement was then announced within 24 hours, with former Leicester City and Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri taking over as the club’s new head coach.

With games against Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United, Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester City making up seven of their next 8 fixtures, the Italian has a massive job on his hands to maintain the position that he has only just taken, with the Watford board notoriously quick to sack their managers.

First signing already in the works

To that end, it seems as though Ranieri is already set to make his first signing, and it is a welcome defensive reinforcement. The Hornets have conceded ten goals so far this season, but have at times looked shaky at the back.

Enter, Nicolas Nkoulou. The Cameroonian international has enjoyed spells with Monaco, Lyon, Torino and Marseille but is currently a free agent, and is set to introduce welcome defensive solidity at Vicarage Road.

Watford fans, can he make the difference?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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