Is time up for Ranieri at Watford?

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Mon, 24/01/2022
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Claudio Ranieri’s short reign as Watford manager may be coming to an end.

Watford’s defeat at home to Norwich City on Friday night was the 11th loss in 13 games under Ranieri. It also enabled Norwich City to leapfrog them in the table, pushing Watford into the bottom three.

The Pozzo family, that owns the club, is not known for their patience when it comes to giving managers time.

In fact, they gave the Spaniard Xisco Muñoz, the man who helped gave them to promotion last season, only until October. He was then replaced by Ranieri. At that time, Watford were comfortably in the lower reaches of mid-table.

In fact, in the past decade, sixteen different men have taken charge of the club at one stage or another. None of them did enough to earn an extended stays.

Ranieri had guided Leicester City to their surprise Premier League win in the 2015/16 season, but now there is a sense that perhaps his powers are failing.

Within six months of that moment of triumph, he was dismissed by Leicester. His subsequent managerial spells with Nantes, Fulham, Roma, and Sampdoria were hardly ringing successes.

Known as The Tinkerman for the regularity with which he changed his starting lineup at Chelsea, his methods may be past their sell-by date.

And while being manager of a Premier League club  is still an attractive proposition for many, whoever does succeed him at Vicarage Road will know that the odds of staying up are long. If relegation follows, they are likely to lose their job in turn. Yet another man could be tasked with the job of bringing them back up again next season.

In contrast, Norwich City will now have hopes of beating the drop after all. Two wins in successive games have not only moved them off the bottom of the table but out of the relegation places altogether.

They, too, made a mid-season change of manager, replacing Daniel Farke with Dean Smith. It seems to be working out far better for them than the Watford.