Mazzarri parts company with Watford

  • Mazzarri parts company with Watford

Mazzarri parts company with Watford

The Italian's future had been up in the air for some time, but now after his 41th game on Sunday - at home to Man City - he'll be buzzing out of the Vicarage road exit door.

WATFORD will begin their search for a ninth manager in just five years after announcing they will part company with Walter Mazzarri. Watford may finish the season on 40 points, the sacred mark for clubs in the drop zone.

The former Inter Milan manager took over a year ago, and despite star striker Odion Ighalo losing form and then moving to China, Mazzarri and his squad managed to avoid the drop.

Walter Mazzarri will leave Watford after just one season in charge, despite keeping the Hornets in the Premier League.

With the players having a day off on Tuesday, Mazzarri was called to a meeting at Watford's training ground with the owner, Gino Pozzo, the chairman, Scott Duxbury, and the sporting director, Luke Dowling.

Among the British bookmakers' favorites to take over from Mazzarri are Hull manager Marco Silva, whose team has just been relegated from the Premier League, and Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked by Leicester in February less than a year after guiding the unheralded team to the Premier League title.

If there is one manager who can boast achieving above any expectations then it is Claudio Ranieri, who defied odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League with Leicester.

Silva meanwhile, has impressed for Hull since he replaced Mike Phelan at the start of the year. They lost that clash 4-0 and now face another battle to keep hold of the Portuguese boss, with Sky sources understanding his contract has a relegation-based release clause.

That comes after they finished 13th in 2015-16, their first season after winning promotion, a result which still led to the surprise departure of Quique Sanchez Flores, who is now at Espanyol.