Claudio Ranieri’s tenure as the new Watford has only just begun, but the Italian is already set to leave Vicarage Road after a nightmarish start to his reign.
Title-winning coach with Leicester, Ranieri is back in the Premier League as the last Hornets manager but it wasn’t the start he would have hoped for as the seasoned coach suffered his Englishman’s worst defeat. high-flying career.
Watford simply had no answer as Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick, Sadio Mane reached 100 Premier League goals and Mohamed Salah scored another solo stunner as Jurgn Klopp’s men went wild with a 5-0 victory.
It was a dismal performance from the hosts who were simply the second best in every department, and it didn’t take long for the bookies to react.
Much has been said about the Watford managerial roundabout following Ranieri’s arrival as the club’s 15th permanent manager in the past decade, and the 13th since the owners of the Pozzo family took control in 2012.
The 69-year-old is unlikely to do anything to change the rapid-fire culture at the top, and Betfair bookies have responded to the 5-0 beating by reducing the odds of Ranieri leaving from 33/1 to 10/1 as the next Premier League manager to reach his end.
😲 Claudio Ranieri was cut in 10/1 to 33/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post even before the full-time whistle of his first game at the head of Watford sounded. #WATLIV pic.twitter.com/efFGhMnZsY
– Betfair (@Betfair) October 16, 2021
His future will likely depend on whether or not the former Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham boss realizes what he’s been made to do – keeping Watford in the Premier League.
But talkSPORT expert Dean Ashton admitted that was unlikely based on their performance so far this season, unless the owners hand over funds for some January expenses.
When asked if Watford had quality Premier League players to stay in the top flight, former striker Ashton replied: “No.
“I think he’s going to be doing business in January, and I think the owners will help him. They obviously need to keep Ismaila Sarr, which will be difficult.
“But judging him on this performance when Liverpool have been so good, I think that would be really, really unfair.
“He needs a few more games to really implement what he wants and needs his side to be harder to beat.
“That’s what Watford was so good at last season in the league, especially at home. They were very hard to beat, they were very good defensively, and he has to bring them back to that.
“I think all the teams that have come together are going to struggle at times this season when they come up against teams that are just exceptional.
“It’s a huge kick from Watford, and the teams that stay put are the teams that are able to erase really bad results as quickly as possible, so in bigger and bigger games against teams in and around you – can you perform against these sides?
“That’s what Watford will be judged against at the end of the day.
5 – Claudio Ranieri suffered his biggest Premier League defeat ever, while no coach whose first game for a club in the competition came at home suffered a greater margin of defeat (also Alan Smith with Crystal Palace against Liverpool in August 1994, 1-6). Glacial. pic.twitter.com/0MnPVBcT6q
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 16, 2021
“Ranieri will wait, he will be calm, he has this experience, he will have to work on a system that they feel comfortable with, otherwise – as we saw in the first half – if they are not sure , they ‘you won’t stand a chance.
Watford got off to a shocking start against the Reds, with Ranieri admitting they were “nervous”, but things improved after Liverpool made some changes in the second half, with the hosts looking more threatening in the final 20 minutes.
And Ranieri was encouraged, with the manager telling talkSPORT that he and the players will have to work hard to improve their current position at 16th in the table.
“We started off very nervous and some of their goals were our gift,” he told talkSPORT’s Sam Matterface after the game.
“It was important for me to see better things, but we also showed good things.
“Now I have to work hard and I hope my players will follow me 100%.
“Of course we lost this game badly – 5-0 is not that good – but I want to see more of the last 20 minutes. The last 20 minutes we played quite a bit.
“We have very difficult games so we have to be really quick to figure out what we need to do. “
And he’s not wrong – Watford’s next seven games will see the struggling Hornets take on Everton away, Southampton at home, Arsenal away, Manchester United at home, Leicester away, Chelsea at home and Manchester City at home.
Good luck, Claudio.
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