Claudio Ranieri - Current Watford Manager

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by GoingDown, Oct 3, 2021.

  1. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    According to Di Marzio
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  2. RS2

    RS2 Reservist

    Welcome Claudio. Hopefully you'll be shelling out for pizza quite a bit.
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  3. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    And have his dilly dong bell.

    But I fear if he doesn't get results before Xmas he won't last long.
  4. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    Not convinced. I also expect he’ll be gone before Christmas.
  5. LaClusazSki

    LaClusazSki Reservist

    A poor decision in my opinion.
    He is a luxury manager.
    I give it 4 to 6 months tops
  6. MIlton Dammers

    MIlton Dammers Reservist

    69 years old. Our oldest-ever managerial appointment?
  7. miserableoldgit

    miserableoldgit Reservist

    Surely he has 3 months in him - gone by the new year!
  8. magyarorszag

    magyarorszag Squad Player

    First Pozo managerial appointment of somebody with actual experience. You know, not a handful of games in Israel or Georgia. Positive step
  9. davisp2

    davisp2 Reservist

    Not sure we realistically could get any better. We have limited options available and CR has had success in his career, and knows the PL. At 69 is clearly a short-term appointment, but aren’t they all
  10. MIlton Dammers

    MIlton Dammers Reservist

    As long as we let him have a bit of a nap in the afternoons he should be fine.
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  11. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    He can play in the team by that definition!
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  12. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    Well his inherited team also take naps at around 3pm on Saturday afternoons, so I’m sure that would fit in nicely.
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  13. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Bit macabre innit?
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  14. USAHornet

    USAHornet Academy Graduate

    Steered Sampdoria to safety after they looked dreadful when he was hired, and subsequently led them to a comfortable 9th place finish last season. Gave Nantes their second best second in two decades, and could've finished higher except they slipped late in the season (a run of something like 0W-3D-3L). Awful at Fulham, but think Fulham were awful for all managers that season.

    I was really down on Ranieri a few hours ago. I'm weirdly optimistic now.
  15. Forzainglese

    Forzainglese Reservist

    Possibly Watford's. But old managers are not unknown. Nor are they unsuccessful. Roy Hodgson has only just retired and is 74. Crystal Palace have a huge amount to thank him for (and Ray Lewington, aged 65): I doubt Palace would have successfully hung on to a Premier place without him - their squad was not a good one. Too often derided or ill-regarded in my opinion.
    Neil Warnock is 3 months short of 73 and still going strong: 8 promotions suggest he knows his business.
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  16. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    He knows how to play counter attacking football.

    We have speed on the counter and little else.

    Considering most managers wouldn’t want to touch us, he’s a good appointment. Much much better than what we’ve had previously.
  17. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    And he's just mad enough to take the job!
    Salve Claudio!
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  18. Optimistichornet

    Optimistichornet Penguin Assassin

    If he keeps us up I will name my first born after him.
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  19. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Keyboard Warrior Staff Member

    Am I the only one who thinks this is an excellent appointment.

    didn’t he win the premiership????

    ****s sake some wouldn’t be happy with Ferguson in his prime
  20. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Keyboard Warrior Staff Member

    Safety this year. Title next.

    what say you @Filbert
  21. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    And wasn’t great at Fulham some will say but has that personality the players will like and should be tactically astute .
  22. LondonOrn

    LondonOrn Reservist

    And he will already be 70 during what would be only his second game, at Everton, if appointed.
  23. NemoNemo

    NemoNemo Reservist

    On paper this is a solid appointment coming off the back of a successful stint in Italy where he decided to leave at the end of the season.

    Knows the league (obviously) and had a solid game plan with an abundance of tactical astuteness. I will judge him on results but he will need time to make his mark. I hope we get a new manager bounce just in time for playing the top 4
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  24. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Yes - will he be given time if results don’t start well ?
  25. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    That Leicester season is one he can really hang his hat on, and those with binary perceptions will cling to that.

    However, I took a special interest in Leicester’s title win that year and spoke to a lot of Leicester fans along the way. The overriding impression I got was Pearson and Shakespeare set it all up. The title win could easily have been Pearson’s had he not been sacked for non football matters.

    Ranieri came in and tried to change things but immediately fell back to what Pearson had set up because it worked and kept on working for an entire season.

    Once he won the league he felt empowered to “tinker” as he didn’t think they would sack him. It went wrong very quickly, losing the first match to Hull and it all unravelled with player revolt.

    Since then he’s gone on to flop badly at Fulham. That’s his recent record in the Prem.

    Now I’m not saying he won’t be an upgrade on Xisco, he clearly will be, but will he be good enough to steer us clear of relegation? I’m not so sure. This is my overall concern with him.

    But on a human level, he’s some you can easily like.
  26. If he can organise a defense then I'm in.
  27. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    What about a defence, though?
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  28. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Always liked him. He’s like Sir Bobby. The crazy, lovable uncle you’ve always wanted. And let’s be honest, anything is a step up from the leisure centre manager.

    I’ve got a horrible feeling it’s going to be a complete disaster but he’ll have my support because I just can’t bring myself to say anything nasty about him. If it does all go wrong, it’ll automatically be the owners to blame, not Uncle Claudio.
  29. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Didn’t QSF have managerial experience? Pearson?
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  30. Mazzarri was pretty experienced too?
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  31. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Avoided on the basis I can never spell his name.
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  32. I checked before posting !
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  33. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    Zola, Garcia, QSF, Mazzarri, Pearson, Gracia and Silva had no actual experience?
  34. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Too slow. Albeit more comprehensive.
  35. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Keyboard Warrior Staff Member

    so what you saying is that Pearson set it up as Coach and then Raneiri took them to the title. Be a shame if we had Pearson and then Raneiri as coach in that order then.

    he has pedigree and is clearly an actual coach. This is good

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