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Ranieri future hanging by a thread after humiliating Norwich loss – The Athletic

Claudio Ranieri vowed to fight on but his Watford future hangs by a thread. Saturday morning’s recovery session at the club’s London Colney training ground for the players is more than likely to be the final act for the head coach if Gino Pozzo stays true to form.

The Watford owner watched the embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Norwich from the directors box before retreating into the executive lounge at full-time to lick his wounds and consider the next steps. One source described the performance as “a total shambles” that left the hierarchy “angry and disillusioned” at what they had seen. The club’s tenth defeat in 13 games sees Watford in the relegation zone for the first time this season.

“The writing is on the wall,” a source close to one of Watford’s starting line-up tells The Athletic. The description of the scene inside the dressing room after the game paints a picture of recrimination and disharmony. “It didn’t sound good (with) everyone blaming each other by the sounds of it.”

Ranieri is known to have been philosophical about his predicament late on Friday night after the unavoidable grilling in the post match news conference. Having been in management for 35 years he understood that difficult questions had to be asked. The 70-year-old felt some of his players played in a “selfish” way, but didn’t single anyone out by name for criticism.

One source behind the scenes at the club felt the head coach was bitterly disappointed with the performance of Emmanuel Dennis in particular, who was sent off after two yellow cards.


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