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Watford boss Claudio Ranieri: I carry the flag for all Tinkerman!

Watford boss Claudio Ranieri is happy to be still known as 'Tinkerman'

This is Ranieri's fourth job in English football. There were four years at Chelsea from 2000 when he was dubbed the Tinkerman because of his habit of constantly making changes to the team and the formation jarred with a consensus that the best approach was to have a settled side.

"I carried the flag," he laughed. "Twenty years later and a lot of managers are Tinkermen. I have the flag and they followed behind."

But he lasted only three months at Fulham, his most recent Premier League posting, where he failed to remedy a dreadful start to the season.

"I made mistakes at Fulham, sure," said Ranieri. "When I managed the Greek national team, sure. It can happen in long career, 35 years. You have to put it behind you. Another match, another day."


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