Claudio Ranieri - Current Watford Manager

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

  1. All I heard was "I'm 69 you know".....then something about the war...."lovely bit of fish"....."I'm 69 you know"..."Do you know @Filbert ?"....."did I tell you I'm 69?"..."I'm going to Watford next week you know, it's a new job I think"...
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  2. cyaninternetdog

    cyaninternetdog Forum Hippie

  3. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    He's already getting on with the players and being the father figure to them. Pressing and aggression is so desperately needed in the side. Not the limp standing off the opposition allowing them to do what they want. Contrast with Brentford.
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  4. Chumlax

    Chumlax Squad Player

    Feel like I've seen more defensive and tactical instruction in that few dozen seconds than in all video of Xisco combined over the course of his reign of terror.

    A comforting piece of media.
  5. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    “Danny Dingly Dong, you are fat but I like you”

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  6. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

    I bet Deeney is especially pissed off at missing out on the post match pizza
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  7. Malteser2

    Malteser2 Reservist

    If somebody had told us back on Saturday night that QSF was on the verge of managing a former club for the 3rd time, we might have worried! But luckily it’s Getafe.
  8. He’ll manage us more than 3 times.
  9. Sahorn

    Sahorn Reservist

    Claudio looks so happy he actually found one of our players to talk to.

    All the others on international duty, and Ben was trying out his new Go Pro on a bike somewhere.
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  10. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    What’s funnier is that we’ve spent precisely £0 on defenders since we were linked with this bloke.
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  11. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Poor Ranieri gets less and less credit for the Leicester title win !

    First Pearson won the title and now it’s Shakespeare and the goal keeping coach.

    Next it will be the tea lady and cook.

    Interesting point later in the article from Michael Bridges about the lack of communication between 1st team and youth set up at the club albeit it is a 2nd hand account.

    Can well believe that is right - even now.

    Mind you was Harry Kewell in change - doubt losing badly most weeks helped his cause .

    And the Pozzos will say there is a long term plan - they have been here almost 10 years !
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2021
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  12. Chumlax

    Chumlax Squad Player

    I'm sorry, what? Why have they asked some random old bloke who used to play for Leeds and I've never even heard of to give his expert opinion on the setup at and prognosis for Watford? Am I missing something? As it is, he could barely write/talk coherently, so I think I'll make the choice to continue to be utterly unaware of his existence, personally.


    Also comparing us to Leicester as promoted teams is absolutely phucking laughable, genuinely sub-70-IQ level fuuckwittery of the most embarrassing order:


    Apart from the vast differences in demographics and financial situation between the two clubs, I guess the major improvements including a new stand that we made to our own stadium as well as the upgraded facilities at London Colney just never happened. Nor the five straight years as a Premier League club.

    What an absolute fuucking chief. Despicably stupid - some kind of punishment is in order, like a slap from a giant man-sized hand on a spring, a la 'Jackass'.
  13. LondonOrn

    LondonOrn Reservist

    While footballers in general aren't renowned for being articulate, knowledgable or insightful, the other big problem is the writer's poor literacy (could also not be quoting them accurately) - this sentence doesn't make sense:

    "However, former Leeds striker Michael Bridges is not convinced, citing the instability that defines Watford as they lurch between managers and Schwarzer’s firsthand account of Ranieri as ‘a recipe for disaster’."

    There doesn't seem to be a link on that website to the writer's profile, but from the mugshot worryingly he looks much older than the 18-year-old trying to get something on his CV that the quality of that article suggests.
  14. RS2

    RS2 Reservist

    I'm glad Michael Bridges has let Harry Kewell shape his opinion of us. Of course Harry Kewell did such a bad job with the U23s that no head coach in their right mind would want them near the first team. Imagine how bad you must be to be sacked as an U23 manager. You're literally managing kids at a level where nobody gives a **** about results and Kewell still managed to get himself sacked!
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  15. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Fair points (he would have played with Kewell at Leeds in the late 90s/early 00s) and it is a 2nd hand account but I can see there being a disconnect to some extent between the 1st team and youth players but then that might happen at all clubs now where there is pressure for 1st team managers to get results rather than bring through a few kids.

    Particularity with us!

    As R2 says wasn’t like we were really seeing performances worthy of noting !

    And either is his management record since.
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  16. Robert Peel

    Robert Peel Reservist

    The more you read about it, the more it seems Ranieri was actually holding Leicester back the year they won it. He single handedly prevented them winning every game and having the title wrapped up in March.
  17. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    Fully understand that it was a freaky event that won't get repeated any time soon (Leicester have a far better team now but haven't even made it back to the Champions League), but come on, everyone involved in that effort (including Pearson) deserves huge credit! Sorensen comes across well pointing out his time at Sampdoria, but Schwarzer seems the same kind of lazy clichéd pundit we've been dealing with for 10 years! As for the link between the U23s and the first team, well, that's not ideal, but if the kids aren't good enough, they're not good enough, though I think that situation has improved slightly in the last few seasons
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  18. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    Fewer and fewer
  19. Chumlax

    Chumlax Squad Player

    Have to say, his opinions on the u-23s and their pathway is the part of his comments I am interested in the least; it's hard to argue our youth thinking has been incredibly not-joined-up under the Pozzo - it's the rest that's particularly egregious - mindless rambling based on having no understanding of the club or our situation (even, frankly, by his own admission).
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  20. Chumlax

    Chumlax Squad Player

    Has anyone else noticed that in that article, Schwarzer first claims that Ranieri did nothing and deserves no credit whatsoever for the title Leicester won under his auspices, then by the exact same token and using the same methods immediately goes on to claim that he deserves all the blame for the situation at Fulham which eventually saw them relegated?

    So, which is it Mark?
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  21. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    Do these people think our entire budget went on Ismaila Sarr and paying off managers lol, I mean, we've paid a lot of money on shady business, but our infrastructure is also so much better than before they came in!
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  22. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    I remember he didn’t think much of Pearson either at Leicester.
    Yes - again looking in from outside not knowing the full situation.
  23. cyaninternetdog

    cyaninternetdog Forum Hippie

    First club interview.

    Anyone know what the music is in the background?
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2021
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  24. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    Good first interview. No BS, and you can tell he's a serious, professional guy. I can see that spikey edge to him, so he'll easily be able to keep the players in their toes. I hope the players respond to him, and give it everything. He is able to keep us up, but everyone has to be on the same page, all pulling in the same direction or else he'll just be another coach quickly out of a job.
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  25. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    I feel sorry for him, having to answer those inane questions from that thick as dogshyt journalist.
  26. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

  27. RS2

    RS2 Reservist

    It was a tough listen. The bloke sounded like he has a cold and couldn't be arsed with the interview.

    I demand that Ranieri is treated with more respect.
  28. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    Yes true. Surprisingly tidy-looking handwriting though (unless someone else also wrote the questions down for him).
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  29. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Administrator Staff Member

    I felt sorry for him. Every question was almost the same just said with a different coat of paint. He did well to keep his cool ;) But I was a little upset we
    never heard "dilly dee dilly dong"
  30. Steel City Gold

    Steel City Gold First Year Pro

    Too effing right RC!!!

    He's interviewing someone whose first language isn't English and asking multiple questions at the same time, along the lines of "So Claudio, you're back in England, at Watford. What do you think about the set-up at Watford, what do you know about their history, when did Trewins close and what impact do you think this had on the fans at the time, and how do you think those same fans feel now, post-Covid and with you and your coaching staff in charge of the club, given that you've managed more than 20 clubs?"
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  31. Steel City Gold

    Steel City Gold First Year Pro

    And why the FECK do interviews et al have to have the music in the background???
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  32. NathWFC

    NathWFC First Team

    He'll keep us up.
  33. Chumlax

    Chumlax Squad Player

    I've only just watched (the first 30 seconds or so before turning it off thanks to the sheer pointlessness of it and its various questions) and therefore realised he's wearing a herringbone blazer and what appears to be a wool tie - @Relegation Certs you must be at least partially spurting, surely?
  34. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    Much is made of his age but he’s a young 70, stylish and in shape.
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  35. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    He looked tremendous, but to be honest it was exactly as expected.

    The guy's 69 and is in better physical shape than 99% of posters on here, and 25% of the players at our club.

    The suit is cut to perfection and what a choice of fabric for a semi - formal occasion such as this.

    You've already covered the tie so no need to go there.

    I love his no nonsense sharp haircut. It may look simple but you know the finest barbers in Rome have ensured there's not a hair out of place. What a difference to the over-gelled midlife crisis our former manager had atop of his bonce.

    Needless to say his glasses could not be better suited to his wise, surprisingly wrinkle free face.

    I don't think it's an exaggeration to say he's comfortably the most effortlessly stylish manager we've ever had.

    QSF who?

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