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Watford part ways with Claudio Ranieri after just 14 games in charge

Claudio Ranieri has won just two league games in charge of Watford

Watford have sacked Claudio Ranieri after just 13 Premier League games in charge, meaning that they are now on the hunt for their third manager of the season.

The Italian coach, most famous for winning the Premier League title at Leicester City, departs having picked up just 7 points while in charge of the hornets, although he will be remembered as the man who ultimately cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his job after a 4-1 win over Manchester United at Vicarage Road.

That was perhaps the sole high-point of his reign, beginning with a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, and ending with a heavy 3-0 defeat to fellow relegation rivals Norwich City. In a game stopped because of a power cut, the lights went out on Ranieri’s tenure in the Watford dugout.

Another unfair dismissal?

It is hard to argue with a tally of just 7 points in 13 games, but it does feel something of a harsh dismissal.

Of the 13, eight were against the current top 8 in the Premier League in a run of fixtures that could well have spelt the end of Ranieri sooner and was always going to prove a mountain to climb in the wake of former boss Xisco Munoz.

Watford part ways with Claudio Ranieri after just 14 games in charge

Claudio Ranieri looks on. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

But now, with another new manager coming into the side towards the end of the January transfer window, it could be even harder. Whoever is chosen will have a relegation six-pointer to contend with first up, as Watford take on Burnley, before games against West Ham and Brighton where they will be expected to pick up points.

Should they fail to do so, they know what awaits.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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2 Liverpool FC 36 65 86
3 Chelsea FC 36 42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 24 68
5 Arsenal FC 36 11 66
6 Manchester United 37 1 58
7 West Ham United 36 11 55
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 -3 50
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10 Leicester City 35 -4 45
11 Crystal Palace 35 4 44
12 Aston Villa 35 -1 43
13 Brentford FC 36 -8 43
14 Newcastle United 36 -21 43
15 Southampton FC 36 -20 40
16 Everton FC 35 -19 36
17 Burnley FC 36 -18 34
18 Leeds United 36 -38 34
19 Watford FC 36 -38 23
20 Norwich City 36 -56 21

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Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
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