Watford boss Claudio Ranieri believes he may surpass Roy Hodgson because the Premier League’s oldest supervisor.
The Italian takes cost of Watford for the primary time on Saturday at dwelling to Liverpool, 4 days earlier than turning 70.
Hodgson left Crystal Palace in Could, simply over two months earlier than his 74th birthday.
“Why not?” Ranieri instructed BBC Sport when requested if he may proceed in administration so long as Hodgson. “I’m so younger. I do not really feel [my age].”
Ranieri, who gained the Premier League with Leicester Metropolis in 2015-16, added: “Soccer is my life. If I really feel good, if I really feel emotion, if I really feel I’ve sufficient power to offer to my gamers, I need to proceed.”
Former England boss Hodgson, whose profession lasted 45 years, is in distinguished firm with Sir Alex Ferguson, Neil Warnock and Sir Bobby Robson the one different Premier League managers who continued into their 70s.
Watford are Ranieri’s fourth Premier League membership following spells at Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham.
‘In Italy that is regular’
Though the Italian is aware of the Pozzo household, who personal Watford, nicely – he virtually turned supervisor at their Serie A membership Udinese earlier in his profession – he additionally is aware of they’re ruthless in terms of eliminating managers who usually are not assembly their excessive requirements.
Ranieri has been given a two-year contract however the longevity of Watford managers tends to be measured in months given the 14 modifications made because the Pozzo household took management at Vicarage Street in 2012.
“In Italy that is regular,” stated Ranieri of the frequent turnaround of managers. “Solely in England was it not regular. However even right here a whole lot of golf equipment have modified.”
It isn’t misplaced on Ranieri that he was sacked by Fulham in 2019 after solely 106 days in cost. And, regardless of steering Leicester to their staggering Premier League title triumph in 2016, he was dismissed the next season.
Ranieri’s reputation means he will probably be welcomed again to England.
The ‘Tinkerman’ nickname he was given at Chelsea and the well-known ‘dilly-ding, dilly-dong’ catchphrase he coined at Leicester as he tried to take the stress off his gamers on the run-in to their momentous achievement have gone down in Premier League folklore.
Judging by Ranieri’s manner throughout his first spherical of media engagements, a smile won’t ever be far-off. However, after a 35-year profession, Ranieri is aware of that can depend for nothing if Watford can not get constructive outcomes.
“I can snort as a lot as I would like,” he stated. “If I do not get any factors, the laughing is completed.”