Walter Mazzarri set to leave Watford at the end of the season
Watford are set to bid their current manager a final goodbye as Sunday’s fixture against Manchester city will be his last match in charge.
Watford’s fate was very well decided in a meeting that took place on Wednesday. The Board has decided that Walter Mazzarri will be sacked after this season. Watford’s upcoming match against Manchester City on Sunday will be Mazzarri’s last match in charge.
The 55-year old has managed Inter Milan and Napoli earlier and was signed for the Hornets on a 3-year term but will be removed from the position just after a year.
Mazzarri’s stay in England began impressively as his side won consecutive matches against West Ham and Manchester United.
But as time went by things did not work well, the Italian became out of favour at the club which included the players and the fans.As a result, Watford are languishing in 16th position in the league just 6 points away from relegation.
”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,” Watford chairman Scott Duxbury said in a short statement.
He also added”We thank Walter and his staff for the contribution they have made to Watford Football Club over the past year.”
The Italian was under pressure for quite a few weeks as his side was underwhelming in several fixtures. Their poor form was evident as they managed to earn only 3 points from a possible 21, and the Italian knew that his position was in danger.
Watford captain, Troy Deeney who is also a favourite for the Vicarage Road faithful was benched for the recent fixtures and the reports suggest that the players were getting frustrated with Mazzarri’s training methods. Moreover, Watford had a disgruntled dressing room and Mazzari knew what was coming.
Mazzarri is the 7th manager sacked by the Pozzo family who took charge of the club since 2012. Sanchez Flores was sacked last summer despite the Spaniard guided Watford to FA Cup semi-finals and they also retained their status at the top division. While Slavisa Jokanovic departed a year earlier after guiding the side to Premier League promotion.
With Mazzari departing, there remains a place to fill and reports suggest that former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri and Hull City’s Marco Silva are among the favourites.