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New Watford manager Claudio Ranieri aims to become oldest Premier League boss


Claudio Ranieri turns 70 next week, nearly two years shy of Roy Hodgson’s record, and has vowed to continue working in the dugout until he is in his 80s

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Claudio Ranieri: New Watford boss in profile

Claudio Ranieri made a grand entrance at Watford approaching his 70th birthday – and vowed still to be working in football when he’s 80 and propped up by a walking stick.

The Tinkerman faces a fiendishly difficult start at Vicarage Road with a thankless baptism against Liverpool on Saturday with Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United, LeicesterChelsea and Manchester City to follow in the next seven games.

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But Ranieri, who turns 70 next Wednesday, wants to become the oldest manager in English football – even if it is unlikely to be with the Hornets, where the shelf life of head coaches in the last decade is just nine months.

Asked why he is back at the sharp end, instead of reclining on a beach, he said: “Because I’m very boring if I don’t stay in football.

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“I love football, I love the life, so why not? Whether I am 50, 70 or 80, 70 or 50 or 80, maybe I will be the oldest manager in England, maybe with a walking stick.

“Why not? But the brain is important, and the brain is very young.

“In football, sometimes you go up, sometimes you go down. But I never giver up, I continue in my way. I have a strong character, I am still young, and I want to continue. Why you are laughing when I say I’m still young?

“When I think about football, I feel good every time. Football is my life and I am very happy. I am very happy to come back to the Premier League, I am an ambitious man and I hope to bring Watford to be safe at the end of the season – and also to improve next season.”

Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock, who will be 73 on December 1, is currently the oldest working manager in English football.

Roy Hodgson was 73 when he left Crystal Palace at the end of last season after keeping them in the Premier League for four years.

Ranieri said: “I hope to do as well as him.”

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