LONDON: Watford sacked head coach Claudio Ranieri today after just three months in charge of the club following poor results that left the Premier League club in the relegation zone.
Ranieri’s last game was last Friday when they lost 3-0 at home to struggling club Norwich City.
“The Hornets Council honors Claudio as an individual of integrity and respect, who will always be respected at Vicarage Road for his efforts in leading the team,” Watford said in a statement.
“However councilors feel that with the remaining half of the Premier League campaign, a change in the post of head coach will give enough time … to achieve the permanent target of status in the Premier League.”
Watford, who were newly upgraded last season, are now 19th after seven defeats and a draw in their last eight games.
Ranieri, 70, took over the team in October when Xisco Munoz left the club after just seven league games and Watford in 14th place.