Watford told Ranieri gets "more praise than he deserves" for Leicester title win

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Watford have been warned about their appointment of Claudio Ranieri by Talksport pundit Simon Jordan who has remarkably claimed the Italian gets "more praise than he deserves" for Leicester City's title-winning 2015/16 side.

The Foxes were given 5000/1 odds by the bookmakers for winning the Premier League after an incredible fight for survival saw them beat the drop the previous campaign.

Claudio Ranieri's team were favourites for relegation but stormed to a first-ever top-flight title with the former Chelsea boss winning Premier League Manager of the Season and BBC Sport Personality's Coach of the Year.

But the 69-year-old has not enjoyed similar success since having been employed at Nantes, Fulham, Roma, Sampdoria and now Watford after leaving the Foxes in 2017.

In his most recent job in the Premier League, the Italian was unable to prevent Fulham from an instant return to the Championship having taken over from Slavisa Jokanovic.

Just three wins from 17 matches lead to his dismissal in February and former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan hasn't seen anything to suggest he has learnt his lesson from a frustrating time on the river Thames:

“There’s an argument to say ‘there’s no school like the old school’, but I don’t see Claudio Ranieri as the headmaster of that particular environment,” said Jordan on Talksport.

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“You look at him now, you look at his record with Fulham, you look at his record with Sampdoria…

“I was very underwhelmed when I met him years ago, people think of him as this nice, gentile, soft, little tinker man – he isn’t.

“But I also think if you look at his record over the last two or three jobs that he’s had, whether it’s Sampdoria, Roma or Fulham, you’re not even getting into the 40s as a win-rate.

“That’s going to get this [Watford] team relegated.”

The Hornets, known for their constant chopping and changing of managers have enjoyed an average start to life back in the top-flight but still sit outside the relegation zone in 15th.

Previous manager Xisco Munoz was given the axe after less than 10 months in charge, having guided Watford back to the Premier League.

Ranieri is the Pozzo family's 15th appointment as manager since taking ownership of the club in 2012 but Jordan believes it's a mistake appointing their compatriot.

“For me, if I’m Watford, I wouldn’t employ him, but he’s Italian and the owners probably know him,” he explained

“I think there are a lot of reasons why Leicester won the title and one of them was Ranieri’s press management.

“I think the players and coaching staff were incredibly instrumental in that outcome and Ranieri gets a lot more credit than possibly his managerial capabilities entitle him to.

“I don’t think he’s the right fit, but they do and it’s their football club.”

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