Claudio Ranieri is facing the SACK after just FOURTEEN games in charge at Watford

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Claudio Ranieri on the brink of the sack at Watford after just FOURTEEN games in charge… and club have already begun the search for his successor following dismal defeat at home to Norwich that plunged Hornets into the relegation zone

  • Claudio Ranieri has won just two of his 14 games in charge of Watford
  • Former Leicester manager has lost 11 games in his three-month tenure 
  • Italian took over from Xisco Munoz in October but is under increasing pressure
  • Watford slid into the relegation zone with 3-0 loss at home to Norwich on Friday  


Watford have begun the process of identifying Claudio Ranieri’s successor with the Italian facing the sack following Friday’s abysmal home loss to Norwich.

Sources close to the club expect Ranieri to lose his job following the embarrassing loss with the Hornets now actively seeking his replacement.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on New Years Eve that the Italian was under increasing pressure at Vicarage Road amid doubts over his suitability as head coach. 

Claudio Ranieri looks set to lose his job at Watford after a dismal run of results

Claudio Ranieri looks set to lose his job at Watford after a dismal run of results

And three weeks later, the club are now believed to be close to axing for Ranieri as a result of Watford’s awful record under the former Premier League winner.

Ranieri could last in the job until a new manager agrees to take over – but it is now looking increasingly likely that his reign at Vicarage Road is drawing to a close.

Watford don’t play again until February 5, so there is some breathing space to find their next boss. 

Ranieri has overseen just two wins since his arrival 14 games ago. Eleven of those games have been defeats. 

The Italian has won just two of his 14 games in charge since arriving at Vicarage Road

The Italian has won just two of his 14 games in charge since arriving at Vicarage Road

Watford slid into the relegation zone after a chastening 3-0 defeat at home to Norwich

Watford slid into the relegation zone after a chastening 3-0 defeat at home to Norwich

Josh Sargent scored twice for the Canaries, who climbed out of the bottom three

Josh Sargent scored twice for the Canaries, who climbed out of the bottom three

His team have picked up just one Premier League point in eight games, a stretch that culminated in a woeful loss to fellow relegation strugglers Norwich on Friday night – a result that saw them plunge into the relegation zone.

And that result against Dean Smith’s team has forced the Pozzo family into acting as they look to stave off relegation.

On December 31, we revealed that there was emerging disquiet from inside the Hornets first-team camp over the Italian’s methods just three months into his tenure following his appointment in October.

At the time where was a feeling Ranieri could be afforded more time than usual by the Watford hierarchy given his long-standing friendship with members of the Pozzo family and his reputation.

But there has been no improvement since then, forcing the club to move.

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