New Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has promised to “work laborious and quick” as he appears to be like to push the membership in direction of Premier League security.
The Italian former Chelsea and Leicester supervisor changed Xisco Munoz, who was dismissed on Sunday after simply 10 months in cost, as the brand new head coach at Vicarage Highway, signing a two-year contract.
Ranieri inherits a membership fifteenth within the desk with seven factors from seven league video games this season since being promoted again to the highest flight.
The 69-year-old famously guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016 and is aware of he must hit the bottom operating when Watford return to motion after the worldwide break at house to Liverpool.
“Watford is an excellent membership for me. I wished to come back again to England and I am very happy, very comfortable, and wish to do my greatest,” Ranieri stated on the Watford membership web site. “I feel in England everybody is aware of me from Chelsea or Leicester, I desire a workforce who tries to attain objectives. Now we have excellent gamers up entrance, very quick. I wish to shut the house a bit of extra and assist the line of defense.
“A variety of gamers got here in, a brand new supervisor, and we want a bit of time however I do know within the Premier League there is not time. For that reason we’ve to work laborious and quick.
“I hope to provide them (the followers) an excellent present.
“They know we play in opposition to Liverpool and we want their help from the primary to the final second of the match. Towards each workforce there are particular moments the place we’re below stress.”
Ranieri feels Watford – who opened the marketing campaign with victory over Aston Villa and likewise gained 3-1 at fellow promoted facet Norwich earlier than Munoz’s departure – have the core of a squad able to holding their very own.
“I watched the entire Premier League matches (up to now). I feel there are excellent gamers, I’ve my philosophy, my mentality and we’ve to work laborious to alter little issues,” the Italian stated.
“I do not begin (working with) with the entire guys (but) as a result of I’ve some injured gamers and there are some worldwide gamers. We’re working effectively, an excellent group up to now and I’m very assured.
“It is not simple as a result of the subsequent match is Liverpool – probably the greatest groups in Europe. After all I’ve to work rapidly, attempt to do my greatest, and likewise (be certain) my gamers perceive me very quickly. The primary thought is to be secure – 40 factors are very essential. Then, we’ll see.”
Ranieri – sacked by the Foxes simply 9 months after their title triumph following a poor begin to the 2016-17 marketing campaign – turns into Watford’s thirteenth everlasting supervisor for the reason that Pozzo household took management of the membership in 2012.
The Italian counts the likes of Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan and Monaco on the checklist of his former golf equipment.
Ranieri additionally managed the Greece nationwide facet and had a short spell in cost at Fulham throughout 2018-19, lasting simply 106 days.
Whereas he may have taken a well-earned break from the sport, Ranieri is relishing the chance to get again into the dugout once more.
“I like soccer, soccer is my life and I’ve a protracted future. It’s the atmosphere, the adrenaline. It’s in my blood,” he stated. “To the followers I can say – we work laborious, the marketing campaign shall be very tough, however we’re assured.”
On Thursday, Watford introduced the signing of Cameroon defender Nicolas Nkoulou.
The 31-year-old free agent agreed a deal till the tip of the season to develop into the primary arrival of Ranieri’s tenure.