Claudio Ranieri had his presentation press conference at Watford, assuring he’s not worried the Premier League club tends to fire coaches. ‘In Italy it is normal to change the manager.’
The veteran was a free agent after refusing to sign a new contract with Sampdoria and was appointed after Watford sacked Xisco Munoz just seven games into the Premier League season.
“I feel good, fortunately I feel good. When I think about football, I feel good every time. Football is my life and I am very happy,” said Ranieri in his press conference today.
Watford are owned by the Pozzo family, who also run Udinese, and they have kept up the Italian tradition by going through 13 coaches since purchasing the club in 2012.
“In Italy it is normal to change the manager. There are three or four teams changing their managers,” assured Ranieri.
“We have to do our best, I can’t think about the previous manager. Xisco was my player at Valencia, I hope he can find a new solution very soon. Now I have to do my best for Watford.”
Ranieri is most famous for winning the Premier League title against all odds with Leicester City, when his training routine included offering to buy the squad pizza if they kept a clean sheet.
Considering his first game in charge of Watford will be against Liverpool, will he promise to buy pizza for a clean sheet in that match?
“No pizza, I’ll buy dinner if we keep a clean sheet against Liverpool! Pizza is too little.”
What would you ask Ranieri? 💭
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) October 13, 2021