So, to little surprise, another manager exits through the revolving door at Watford and the club begins a search for their 9th manager in 5 years.
After a meeting today, the club confirmed that Walter Mazzarri is to step down from his position of head coach at the end of the season.
In a season where Watford have achieved their main ambition – securing another season of Premier League football – with some games to spare, as with last season, the manager gets the boot.
But this doesn’t seem to be a surprise. Rumours have been circulating for some weeks that Mazzarri had lost the dressing room, with reported unrest among the squad over his old-school methods and tactics. In addition, his lack of English had frustrated players, fans and the club alike. He also appeared to have a fractious relationship with club captain and talisman Troy Deeney, who has been dropped on several occasions recently.
As is tradition, chairman Scott Duxbury thanked Mazzarri for his work in a statement. “After the board discussed with Walter Mazzarri the club’s future goals and aspirations, it was decided he will be stepping down from his position as the club’s Head Coach after the final game of the 2016-17 season.
“We thank Walter and his staff for the contribution they have made to Watford Football Club over the past year.”
Early speculation has to who could fill the Hornets hotseat include Hull manager Marco Silva, ex-Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri and Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic – the man who led Watford to promotion two seasons ago.
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