Watford are in talks to appoint Claudio Ranieri as their new head coach following the dismissal of Gisco Munoz.
Ranieri, who led Leicester City to the Premier League title in 201ier, resigned as Sampdoria manager at the end of last season.
Watford sacked head coach Gisco Munoz on Sunday morning after less than 10 months in charge, after the club won seven points from their first seven games in their 14th game in the Premier League.
Ranieri, who will turn0 later this month and has also managed Chelsea and Fulham, is well known to the Watford owners and Sky Sports News He has been told that he was a candidate for manager position in the past.
A new Watford boss is expected to take charge before their next Premier League game at home to Liverpool on 1 October.
Spaniard Munoz replaced Vladimir Ivic in December 2020 and led the club to automatic promotion from the championship last season.
Munoz’s last match was in charge of Saturday’s defeat against Leeds on Eland Road – described by goalkeeper Ben Foster as “1-0 batting”.
The club said in a statement: “The Board believes that recent performances strongly indicate a negative trend when team coordination should improve visually.”
“The Hornets will always be grateful to Gisco for the part he played in the promotion last season and wish him all the best for his future career in football.
“No comment from the club will be available until the new head coach is announced.”
In a change to the club’s squad following their promotion, Watford saw captain Troy Denny leave after 11 years, and first-team regulars Will Hughes and Nathaniel Choloba also left.
Munoz, the first manager to be sacked in the Premier League this season, began his new campaign with a 2-2 win over Aston Villa on Vicarage Road.
However, four defeats in six league matches followed that win, their only other victory coming from the newly-promoted team Norwich.
Watford were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the third round by championship club Stoke last month.
Munoz’s departure means the club are looking for their 1st different permanent manager since the Pozzo family completed their acquisition of Watford in 2012.
Who will take the job at Watford now?
Talking Super Sunday Match Day, Said Darren Lewis, assistant editor of the Daily Mirror Sky Sports News: “If you fire a manager in seven games, you will make his job more difficult to find a replacement for him.
“I remember when they were looking for someone to take a job before Gisco and that search took a long time.
“They’ve had 16 managers (including supervisors) in the last 10 years – it’s a club that doesn’t have longevity. Breathing place for.
“Who would want to take that job now?”