Ranieri message for Watford as Hodgson replaces him

by | Jan 25, 2022 15:51

As if it needed confirmation, Claudio Ranieri has again been hailed as the nicest man in football after wishing Watford good luck under his replacement Roy Hodgson.

The Italian tactician was sacked after just 14 competitive matches in charge, which saw him pick up two wins, a draw and 11 defeats.

“I can only say good luck to everybody – to Watford, the fans, the board,” Ranieri told Sky Sports News as he drove out of the training ground for the last time.

“That’s football, but I believe that these three new players, Watford can be safe. And also arrives a fantastic manager. I wish all the best. Thank you.”

His replacement will be Hodgson, who already worked with the Pozzo family – who own Watford – at Udinese from July to December 2001.

It was not a success, lasting only 17 games with seven wins, five draws and five losses.

Inevitably, Watford fans acknowledged what everyone has known for decades, that Ranieri is the true gentleman of football who shows ‘such dignity’ in awkward situations.

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