Ranieri backs Mourinho at Roma: “He’s doing well.”

Newly appointed Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has backed Roma manager José Mourinho to become a success in the Italian capital with his former club.

The 69 year-old, who was unveiled by the Hornets as their new first team tactician, was asked about the ‘Special One’ during an interview with Radio Uno.

“Mourinho is a great manager and a fantastic motivator,” Ranieri explained.

“I think he’s doing well, I wish him the best. Now, of course, we’ll get to see derbies between he and another good manager in Maurizio Sarri. It’ll be a good competition between the two clubs.”

When asked about the Giallorossi’s 3-2 loss to their inner-city rivals two weeks ago, Ranieri didn’t seem overly concerned, “It’s a Derby match, this sort of thing can happen.”

Ranieri will take charge of his first match as Watford manager on Saturday afternoon as his side welcomes Liverpool to Vicarage Road.