Watford have sacked Walter Mazzarri. Surprised? No, of course not. If any club has form in sacking managers it’s Watford. Their next manager will be the EIGHTH manager in just five years. The fact they are establishing themselves as a Premier League club is staggering really.
BREAKING! Walter Mazzarri to leave Watford at the end of the season.
— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 17, 2017
Watford had a decent first-half of the season and found themselves in the top eight of the Premier League at one stage, as Mazzarri brought his Italian style formation of wing backs with a back three to form his very own ‘poor-mans Chelsea‘.
But since their league status looked assured, the Hornets league form has dropped like a stone and have looked on their holidays for weeks now as they currently sit 16th on just 40 points.
Mazzarri has also had his issues as he still uses an interpreter to communicate with his squad and had a very public spat with his goalkeeping coach during a game. The writing has looked on the wall and it comes with no surprise that he will be gone at the end of the season.
The club statement reads as follows:
“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.”
Scott Duxbury, Watford Chairman
So the question now is who will take over? Claudio Ranieri is favourite with the bookmakers and would make perfect sense. He obviously knows the Premier League and given his miracle work with Leicester, you never know what he could achieve with Watford.
Recently relegated boss Marco Silva is also in the frame, as despite Hull City going down, the Portuguese manager has enhanced his reputation within this country massively.
Whoever it is…don’t expect them to last too long!