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The Watford board made a tough decision to terminate Claudio Ranieri’s contract after three months on the dugout. Ranieri averaged a paltry 0.50 points in 14 matches, a performance that only piled more pressure on the Hornets. The Hornets have found life unbearable in the Premier League this season but can still mount a survival quest. They have been rooted in the relegation zone for months now. Things got worse after losing their previous game against the promoted side-Norwich.

The Hornets went without a win in the Premier League after five consecutive attempts resulting in Ranieri’s dismissal. After 20 PL games in the 2021/22 PL season, Watford has only 4 wins and two draws. Fourteen losses so far have confined the Hornets to the red zone.

 

This piece sets out the next manager options that Watford have after the departure of Claudio Ranieri. We have analyzed the prospects with their respective betting odds.

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

Hudson left Crystal Palace in June 2021 and has been out of work ever since. Bookies have priced Hodgson as the favorite manager to take over at the helm of Watford. The Briton is primed to take the hot seat at Watford because of his work history with the cub’s owners at Udinese. Watford is out for a manager who is ready to work. This reason is why they may go for this manager with experience in the Premier League affairs.

William Hill prices Hodgson at 1/10 as the next manager to take over Watford. Roy is preferred to other managers by many people to take over the leader's role in the Watford dugout because of his experience in the Premier League. His managerial experience spans across 8 countries in 16 different teams starting way back in 1976 with Swedish side, Halmstads BK.

Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro

The former Italian international defender has a wealth of experience after gracing the football pitches at Parma, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Juventus. His prowess on the sidelines was remarkable at Guangzhou Evergrande. Bookies price him at 2/1 as the next manager to take over the vacancy left by Ranieri at Watford.

Cannavaro's coaching experience also includes a a brief stint with China National Football Team in 2019. It is, however, surprising that Fabio Cannavaro is a top contender to take over the Hornets despite lack of experience in English top flight, either as a player or coach. Cannavaro was previously linked with the managerial job at Everton after the sacking of Rafael Benitez.

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard made his maiden statement as a manager during his stint at Derby when his team bungled Manchester united and Southampton out of FA Cup. During his time at Derby, he had a win rate of above 40% after winning 27 games in the Championship division. This made the former England national team midfield maestro attract the attention of the Chelsea board.

Frank Lampard is a coach that can solve Watford's problems because of his crisis management skills. He excelled as Stamford Bridge where he guided Chelsea to a top-four finish in his first season at the club. It is worth noting that Lampard was managing a club that was facing a ban in the transfer market. Now that Watford is in a mess that needs an immediate solution, William Hill prices Frank Lampard at 4/1 as the next manager to take over at the helm of Watford coaching staff.

Diego Martinez

Diego Martinez

Diego Martinez has a long coaching career dating back to 2004 when he quit professional football at 20. He made inroads into the Sevilla managerial staff before making it to the big stage at Granada. La liga fans will remember Diego Martinez for his role in bringing Granada to the favorable competition in the Spanish football arena.

William Hill prices Diego Martinez at 8/1 as the next manager to take up the challenging role of steering Watford out of the relegation zone. Some pundits opine the Spaniard can replicate the tricks he used to guide Granada to promotion to salvage Watford’s dwindling Premier League glory.

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