The Italian former Chelsea and Leicester manager replaced Xisco Munoz, who was dismissed on Sunday after just 10 months in charge, as the new head coach at Vicarage Road, signing a two-year contract.
Ranieri inherits a club 15th in the table with seven points from seven league games this season since being promoted back to the top flight.
“Watford is a very good club for me. I wanted to come back to England and I’m very pleased, very happy, and want to do my best,” Ranieri said on the Watford club website.
“I think in England everyone knows me from Chelsea or Leicester, I want a team who tries to score goals. We have very good players up front, very fast.
“I want to close the space a little more and help the defensive line.
“A lot of players came in, a new manager, and we need a little time but I know in the Premier League there isn’t time. For this reason, we have to work hard and fast.
“I hope to give them (the fans) a very good show.
“They know we play against Liverpool and we need their support from the first to the last second of the match.
“Against every team, there are specific moments where we are under pressure.”
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