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Claudio Ranieri sacked as Watford manager after Norwich defeat plunges club into relegation zone

Claudio Ranieri has left Watford after just 112 days in charge with the club moving quickly to bring in his successor.

The rules around Brexit have made Watford’s search more complicated, however, and consideration is being given to British candidates who are readily available. For example they cannot, as they did with Ranieri’s predecessor Xisco Muñoz, easily bring in someone from Ukrainian football.

One name on the shortlist, though, is Diego Martínez who enjoyed success in Spain with Granada before allowing his contract to run down.

It is almost certain that Watford will hire a head coach who is currently out of work and will make a swift appointment. The final details around Ranieri’s departure are being finalised before an announcement is made and it is possible that it will be presented as a resignation rather than a sacking.

Ranieri knew he would be leaving after Friday’s dismal 3-0 defeat at home to relegation rivals Norwich City with Watford dropping into the relegation zone for the first time this season.

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