Claudio Ranieri vows to keep fighting to pull Watford out of trouble after dismal defeat to Norwich…and he calls out some players by urging them to ‘change their mentality’
- Claudio Ranieri pledged to fight for his job and Watford’s Premier League future
- The Italian apologised to fans after the 3-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Norwich
- ‘This is a good team but they must change the mentality,’ Ranieri said
- ‘They have to play for the squad – not selfish. I don’t want these kind of players.’
Claudio Ranieri insisted he was not going anywhere after Watford suffered a heavy 3-0 home defeat to Norwich in the Premier League and maintained that he ‘never gives up’.
Josh Sargent struck twice to lift Norwich out of the relegation zone as Watford finished the game with 10 men, piling more pressure on Ranieri.
Sargent’s improvised flick broke the deadlock before he headed home from a well-weighted Milot Rashica cross for the Canaries’ second of the match.
A defiant Claudio Ranieri has vowed to keep fighting to keep Watford in the Premier League
Watford slid into the relegation zone after a chastening 3-0 defeat at home to Norwich
Emmanuel Dennis was shown a second yellow card soon after for a high foot on Max Aarons, before Norwich added a third in added time when Juraj Kucka diverted a ball from Adam Idah past Daniel Bachmann and into his own net.
‘No I don’t go away, I want to continue because I am a fighter,’ Ranieri said when asked about his future.
‘I never give up in my career, this is a good team but they must change the mentality, some players have to follow (Moussa) Sissoko and (Tom) Cleverley, the two captains, this is my word.’
The result ensures the Hornets remain without a win since their shock 4-1 triumph over Manchester United in November, but they have only now slipped into the relegation zone for the first time this season.
The club, though, do not have a history of sticking with under-pressure managers and it could be a crucial week for Ranieri, who described the match beforehand as a ‘cup final’, although afterwards was left bemoaning the lack of team spirit.
The Italian manager added: ‘First of all, I want to say ‘sorry’ to our fans for the defeat.
Ranieri said he has never given up in his career and called out some of his players as ‘selfish’
‘I asked the players to light their fire and the first half was so not good, not what I expect and the second half, after the goal we disappear and maybe we played better with 10 than 11.
‘Now my goal is to pick up the players who pick up with heart, as Sissoko and Cleverley, players with heart, the right mentality Premier League is a tough league and only those who want to fight and play for the squad can continue in this way.’
He added: ‘The players don’t play for me they play for the club, for the fans for everybody, but the most important thing is they have to play for the squad – not in an individual way, not selfish. I don’t want these kind of players.’