Claudio Ranieri's coaching staff at Watford revealed as new boss takes charge of first training session

CLAUDIO RANIERI has named three three of his former sidekicks as coaches as he took his first training session as Watford boss.

The former title-winning Leicester chief made Paolo Benetti and Carlo Cornacchia assistant coaches, with Carlo Spignoli fitness coach.

The 15th-placed Hornets appointed Ranieri after sacking promotion-winning manager Xisco Munoz on Sunday.

And the 69-year-old has stuck with familiar faces – all fellow Italians – for his first job since guiding Sampdoria to Serie A finishes of 15th and then ninth in the past two seasons.

Ranieri's brother-in-law Benetti, a former AC Milan player, has been with him as a technical or assistant coach since they were at Juventus in 2007.

Benetti, 56, has since been in the backrooms at Roma, Inter, Monaco, the Greece national team, Nantes, Fulham and Leicester City when they won the Premier League in 2015-16.

Cornacchia coached in the USA for 12 years before becoming Ranieri's assistant coach at Nantes in 2017.

He then joined Benetti and Ranieri at Fulham, Roma and Sampdoria.


And Spignoli was initially a Strength & Conditioning Coach for Cagliari, Bologna and Sassuolo.

He linked up with Ranieri in 2012 at Monaco, where he stayed seven years – five more than the ex-Chelsea and Atletico Madrid boss.

Ranieri's first game in charge is at home to Liverpool on Saturday, October 16, following the international break.

 The Hornets announced: "Watford FC is pleased to announce that Paolo Benetti, Carlo Cornacchia and Carlo Spignoli will join Head Coach Claudio Ranieri as new backroom staff members.

 "The three new members of Watford’s backroom team have more than 50 years of experience between them, ranging from clubs around the world’s top football leagues."

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