Claudio Ranieri not concerned by threat of Watford axe as he sets sights on Premier League survival

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Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has set his sights on keeping the Hornets in the Premier League and has no concerns over the club’s high turnover of managers.

Ranieri has been appointed by Watford after Xisco Munoz was sacked seven games into the new Premier League season.

His departure made the Spaniard the 13th manager to leave Watford since the Pozzo family bought the club in 2012.

Ranieri is the latest manager to head to Vicarage Road and he has set his sights on keeping them club in the top-flight.

“I feel good, fortunately I feel good. When I think about football, I feel good every time. Football is my life and I am very happy,” said Ranieri.

“I am very happy to come back to the Premier League, one of the best leagues in the world. I am an ambitious man and I hope to bring Watford to be safe at the end of the season - and also to improve and increase for the next season.

“We have to be safe and then, slowly, slowly, go up. The programme is very good, very ambitious.

“He [the owner] is ambitious, I am more ambitious. I hope our link will be fantastic for Watford, for our fans.

“I think now 40 points. I don’t know against who I can achieve this 40 points. There are 33 points to achieve now because we have seven points. We have to achieve 33 points, I don’t know against who. I want to fight.”

Speaking about Watford’s reputation for rattling through managers, Ranieri added: “In Italy it is normal to change the manager. There are three or four teams changing their managers.

“We have to do our best, I can’t think about the previous manager. Xisco was my player at Valencia, I hope he can find a new solution very soon. Now I have to do my best for Watford.”

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