Watford boss Claudio Ranieri compares management to sky diving

CLAUDIO RANIERI has compared management to sky diving.

And the Watford boss is determined to be on cloud nine at full time on Saturday with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United coming to town.

Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has bemoaned not being 'given a parachute' at times


Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has bemoaned not being ‘given a parachute’ at timesCredit: Reuters

The Hornets have had a mixed start to life under Ranieri – just the one win from their opening four games with the Italian coach.

But Ranieri has sympathised with the United manager as he faces calls to quits after being parachuted into Old Trafford three years ago.

Ranieri laughed: “I remember when I was back in Italy many years ago, a coach said to us the manager is like a parachuter.

“You don’t know if the parachute is open or closed, and sometimes in my career people didn’t give me a parachute!

Solskjaer is doing very well. Manchester United want to win every time and get back to that Alex Ferguson era. That is normal.

“The pressure is a positive one for him and everybody who works in Manchester. This will be a very good match against two teams who want to win.


“I don’t know if it is a good time to play them but this is our time to play and we have a lot of respect for one of the biggest teams in England and Europe.

“We want to play our match in front of our fans and I am very positive. I think we can do something good.”

Solskjaer has been criticised for his treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo – deciding to rest him for certain matches in this poor run of results.

Asked if it is a problem having someone like Ronaldo in your team, Ranieri chuckled: “Give me Cristiano, please!

“That’s no problem for me. I let him play every minute!”

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