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Watford’s new boss Claudio Ranieri ready to make his first free agent signing to join the Hornets

Watford's new boss Claudio Ranieri ready to make his first free agent signing to join the Hornets

Ranieri takes the reins on Vicarage Road

A 1-0 loss to Leeds United last weekend was enough to force the Watford board to clamp down, as the Hornets took 7 points in their first 7 games in the top flight.

The person in charge of promoting the team, Xisco Muñoz, had his contract at the club terminated after only 10 months in office.

A statement on its website read:

The Board believes that recent actions clearly indicate a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should visibly improve.

The Hornets will always be grateful to Xisco for the role he played in securing promotion last season and will wish him the best for his future soccer career.

No further comment from the club will be available until the imminent announcement of a new head coach.

That appointment turned out to happen within 24 hours, with former Leicester City and Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri taking over as the club’s new head coach.

With matches against Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United, Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester City as seven of his next 8 matches, the Italian has a huge job on his hands to potentially keep the position he just took, with the La Junta. Watford was notoriously quick to fire her managers.

The first signing is already in process.

In that sense, it seems that Ranieri is already ready to make his first signing, and he is a welcome defensive reinforcement. The Hornets have conceded ten goals so far this season, but have been shaky on defense at times.

Come in, Nicholas Nkoulou. The Cameroonian international has been to Monaco, Lyon, Turin and Marseille, but is currently a free agent and ready to provide a welcome defensive solidity.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea Football Club 7 12 sixteen
2 Liverpool FC 7 eleven fifteen
3 Manchester city 7 eleven 14
4 United manchester 7 8 14
5 Everton FC 7 5 14
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 7 3 14
7 Brentford fc 7 4 12
8 Tottenham Hotspur 7 -4 12
9 West Ham United 7 4 eleven
10 Aston Villa 7 1 10
eleven Arsenal FC 7 -5 10
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 -1 9
13 Leicester City 7 -3 8
14 crystal Palace 7 -3 7
fifteen Watford FC 7 -3 7
sixteen Leeds United 7 -7 6
17 Southampton FC 7 -5 4
18 FC Burnley 7 -6 3
19 Newcastle united 7 -8 3
twenty Norwich city 7 -14 1
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 6
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 5
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismael Watford FC 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Benrahma said West Ham United 3
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano United manchester 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea Football Club 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
Raphinha Leeds United 3
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 3
Doucoure, Abdoulaye Everton FC 2
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester city 2

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