Six managers who returned to Premier League as Ranieri unveiled at Watford

This will be Ranieri’s fourth spell in the Premier League, having also taken charge of Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester, leading the Foxes to the title in his first season at the King Power Stadium

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Claudio Ranieri expresses his love for Leicester in final press conference as manager

With Claudio Ranieri having been unveiled as Watford’s 16th manager in the last decade, the Italian has joined a long list of managers who have returned to the Premier League after spells elsewhere.

Ranieri first managed Chelsea for four years from 2000, before spells in charge of Juventus, Monaco and the Greek national team, among others, preceded a two-year stint at Leicester City.

Despite winning the Premier League, he was sacked by the Foxes before taking returning to England to manage Fulham following a short spell at Nantes.

After guiding the Cottagers to just three wins, he took charge of Roma and Sampdoria before leaving the latter at the end of last season.

Ranieri is now back in the Premier League for a fourth time and here, Mirror Football looks at seven other managers who have returned to the English top-flight after spells abroad…

Claudio Ranieri has returned to the Premier League five years after winning the title with Leicester

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has had two spells in the Premier League, taking charge of three clubs in that time.

The Special One won two titles in his first spell with Chelsea, before taking charge at Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

He returned to England to manage Chelsea again, leading the Blues to another title before being sacked.

The Portuguese boss then joined Manchester United, winning three major trophies with the club, before a disastrous spell at Tottenham, who sacked him in April.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez is currently in charge of Everton, his fourth Premier League club



Having won the La Liga title twice with Valencia, Benitez was appointed Liverpool boss in 2004, enjoying a successful six year stay at Anfield.

The Spaniard led the Reds to the FA Cup and to the Champions League, but was sacked in 2010 after only being able to manage a seventh-place finish.

Benitez then had a short spell at Inter, before controversially being named interim manager by Chelsea, leading the Blues to the Europa League title.

After leaving Stamford Bridge, he took charge of Napoli and Real Madrid, returning to England to be named manager of Newcastle.

He led the Magpies to the Championship title but left at the end of his contract, moving to China before returning this summer to take charge of Everton.

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti won the title in his first season with Chelsea, but will likely want to forget the rest of his time in England



Carlo Ancelotti has had two spells in the Premier League, though he would probably want to forget the second one as quickly as possible.

After leading a legendary AC Milan team, Ancelotti was appointed manager of Chelsea, spending two years with the Blues.

He won the Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season, before leaving in 2011, going on to take charge of PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Napoli.

Ancelotti returned to England to become the permanent successor to Marco Silva at Everton, but spent just 18 months at Goodison Park before returning to Los Blancos.

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Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers guided Leicester to their first FA Cup win last season


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When he was coming through the managerial ranks, Brendan Rodgers was one of the most exciting young coaches in the game.

He steadily worked his way up the leagues, managing Watford, Reading and Swansea City before eventually being appointed Liverpool boss.

He came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League with the Reds, but was sacked 18 months after that season.

Rodgers successfully revived his career at Celtic, who he led to two Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup doubles.

The Northern Irishman returned to the Premier League to take charge of Leicester, leading the Foxes to last season’s FA Cup.

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini’s last spell in England ended in his sacking by West Ham


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Similarly, to Carlo Ancelotti, Manuel Pellegrini has had two spells in the Premier League, with the latter being much more forgettable.

Pellegrini was a surprising choice to take over from Roberto Mancini at superstar-filled Manchester City.

But the Chilean led City to the Premier League and two League Cups in what was a successful reign before leaving the club.

He immediately moved to China to take charge of Hebei China Fortune, before leaving just under two years later.

West Ham then appointed Pellegrini, but he was sacked 18 months later with the Hammers lying in 17 th having lost four successive home games.

Quique Sánchez Flores

Quique Sanchez Flores returned to the Premier League to manage Watford for a second time but was sacked after just 12 games


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One of the 15 managers Watford has had in the past 10 years is Quique Sanchez Flores, who has had two spells in charge at Vicarage Road.

He was first appointed Hornets boss in 2015, winning the Premier League manager of the month award that December.

Flores led them to a comfortable mid-table finish and to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in their first season back in the top-flight, but left at the campaign’s conclusion.

He then took over at Espanyol and Shanghai Shenhua, though only had short spells at both those clubs.

After that, he returned to Watford, but his second stint in charge was a disaster, winning just twice before being sacked after 12 Premier League games in charge.

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