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Claudio Ranieri at Watford training ground

Claudio Ranieri has visited Watford's training ground today.

The Italian emerged on Sunday as a serious contender to take the reins at Vicarage Road after Xisco Munoz became the first managerial casualty in the Premier League this season.

And now the 69-year-old looks set to take charge of a Premier League club for the fourth time in his career, following previous stints in west London with Chelsea and Fulham either side of his historic spell at Leicester.

The expected appointment of Ranieri - who left Sampdoria in May after two years at the helm of the Serie A outfit - would mark a shock comeback to English football for one of the league's most recognisable figures.

Ranieri led Leicester City to an unlikely Premier League title more than five years ago, some 16 years after his first job on these shores at Stamford Bridge.

He would go on to manage the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Inter Milan and Roma before a spell in charge at Fulham, but couldn't save the club from top-flight relegation in 2019.


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