Watford’s new supervisor Claudio Ranieri is 9 days away from celebrating his 70th birthday however mentioned he’s nonetheless younger sufficient to tackle the problem of maintaining the membership within the Premier League.
Ranieri arrives at Vicarage Road as successor to Xisco Munoz after the Spaniard left Watford seven video games into the season.
The Italian, who led Leicester City to a shock league title in 2015-16 and final labored in England’s prime flight through the 2018-19 marketing campaign with Fulham, mentioned he was wanting ahead to his Premier League return and outlined his ambition for Watford.
“I never give up… I have a strong character, I am still young and I want to continue,” Ranieri advised a information convention on Wednesday forward of his first sport in cost towards Liverpool.
“I’m very happy to come back to the Premier League, (it’s) one of the best leagues in the world. I’m an ambitious man and I hope to keep Watford safe this season.”
Watford are 15th within the Premier League with seven factors from as many video games. They host Liverpool on Saturday, earlier than additional league fixtures towards Everton, Southampton, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Ranieri is the 13th managerial appointment in 9 years for the membership’s proprietor Gino Pozzo, who fired Munoz earlier this month.
However, Ranieri mentioned he’s not involved concerning the managerial turnover on the membership.
“In Italy, it is normal to change managers (frequently)… I can’t think about previous managers and Xisco was my player in Valencia, I hope he can find a new solution very soon. But now, I have to do my best for Watford,” the Italian added.
“We have to be safe and then slowly we go up. Forty points we have to achieve and next season 41, then 42 and 43. On Saturday, there will be one of the best teams in the world… It will be a battle, and we will battle.”