Claudio Ranieri has returned to the Premier League after being named as Watford’s new manager on Monday.
Former Chelsea boss Ranieri, who led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, agreed to a two-year contract with the Hornets to replace the sacked Xisco Munoz.
“Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new head coach, on a two-year contract,” a statement on the club’s website announced.
“The Italian arrives at Vicarage Road boasting a wealth of experience in charge of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Premier League, Coppa Italia and Copa del Rey titles among his managerial highlights.”
Ranieri takes over with Watford in 15th place in the Premier League after earning seven points from their opening seven matches.
The 69-year-old Italian left Sampdoria at the end of last season and had been looking to return to the game since then.
Xisco had led Watford to promotion from the Championship last season, but he was axed on Sunday after only 10 months in charge.
Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Leeds prompted Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family, to act, with the club claiming a “negative trend” in performances had convinced them to move on from Xisco.
Ranieri is Watford’s 13th permanent manager since the Pozzo family took control of the club in 2012.
He boasts a wealth of experience, with clubs such as Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan, and Atletico Madrid also on his CV.