Claudio Ranieri is set to succeed Xisco Munoz as Watford boss – the Italian will sign a two-year contract at Vicarage Road on Monday, it has been reported.
Munoz had been in charge of the club for less than 10 months but was relieved of his duties following their 1-0 defeat to Leeds on Saturday.
And the Spaniard will be replaced by Italian Ranieri, who famously guided Leicester to a 5000/1 Premier League title win in the 2015/16 season.
Sky in Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio claims the deal will be completed on Monday.
Munoz leaves Watford 14th in the Premier League with seven points in as many matches.
A club statement read: “Watford FC confirms Xisco Muñoz has left his post as the club’s head coach.
“The Board feels recent performances strongly indicate a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should be visibly improving.
“The Hornets will always be grateful to Xisco for the part he played in securing last season’s promotion and wish him well for his future career in football.
“No further club comment will be available until the imminent announcement of a new Head Coach.”
The club’s decision appears to have taken Munoz by surprise though.
He said on his personal Twitter account: “It’s been a wonderful journey and it concluded in a way that I neither expected or wished for.
“I’m grateful and I will only remember all the good things I have experienced.
“It’s a sad day for me and my family because it marks the end of a period at a club and in a city where we have felt at home.
“I’ve got nothing but words of gratitude for the club that gave me the opportunity to start my first adventure in this exciting country.
“My heartfelt thanks to the players to put blind faith and believing in me and my staff from the first moment so that together we could achieve the dream of promotion to the Premier League.
“And many thanks to all the members of the club who don’t appear on the photos, because they are essential for the proper functioning of this team. You made my life so much easier.
“Finally, I would like to make a special shoutout to the fans. It’s only been a year, but I will never forget its intensity and the treatment you have always given me over the year. I will always be a Watford FC fan.”
The Spaniard was their 14th permanent manger over the last 10 years and now they are looking for number `15.
Munoz was the first Premier League manager of the season to be sacked with plenty of others on the hot seat.
Steve Bruce is under pressure at Newcastle following a slow start to the season, as is Daniel Farke at Norwich.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s future is in doubt after a dreadful run of results for Tottenham, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position at Manchester United is by no means secure.