Claudio Ranieri, the new Watford manager, talks about walking sticks, Chelsea regrets, Elton John, and the origin of the phrase “Dilly-Dong.”
IF YOU THINK Claudio Ranieri is on his last legs, think again.
Many thought the Tinkerman’s career in English football was over after his shockingly brief spell at Fulham in 2018 — with three wins in just 17 games.
But he’s back with a bang at Watford, and if his first press conference is any indication, he’s ready to battle once more – while also delivering unending entertainment.
He has set his sights on being the oldest manager in Premier League history, complete with a walking stick on the sidelines, ahead of his 70th birthday next week, much to the joy of his long-suffering wife.
“Happy wife, happy life!” he exclaimed on countless times.
After promised his title-winning Leicester City team pizza for every clean sheet in 2015-16, he wants to boost the ante this time by offering full-fledged meals for every Hornet shutout.
And, despite confessing that his Chelsea sacking still haunts him after Roman Abramovich’s 2003 takeover, he professes to be unafraid to take on a role that has seen more sacks than Santa Claus.
In a tongue-in-cheek homage to Andrea Bocelli’s King Power performance, there were even thoughts of getting Elton John on the Vicarage Road pitch to celebrate top-flight survival.
Whatever he’s been up to since leaving Craven Cottage with his head down, the Dilly-Ding Dilly-Dong spirit is back and ready to be unleashed this weekend against Liverpool in his first game as manager.
But don’t be deceived into thinking Ranieri’s gift of gab is without mettle.
Inside, he has a tenacious resolve to disprove his critics and maintain the trust of the Pozzo owners.
“I adore English football,” he added, “but I liked it before I moved to England in 2000.” My style was very similar to his, fierce and powerful, and I want the same from my guys.
“I’d like to witness England’s spirit.”
“It’s like being a boxer — there are times when you can hit and other times when you have to keep hidden.”
“However, I keep my spirits up.” Nobody has the power to murder me. Sport is amazing, so I keep my spirit, my love, and my life.” “After the Leeds defeat, Gino Pozzo called me and asked, Claudio, would you like to come to Watford and return to the Premier League, I answered, ‘Why not?'” he continued. If I don’t stay in football, I’ll be terribly bored.” “There are times when you go up and others when you go down. However, I never give up and continue on my path. I have a strong personality. I’m still a teenager.
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