Names in the frame to replace Walter Mazzarri at Watfordby Jack Kitson / 17 May 2017, 14:34Tweet
It’s happened again. It's deja vu at Watford who will make a summer switch for the fourth year in a row after releasing a statement confirming that boss Walter Mazzarri will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
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.
The sacking means that Watford are now remarkably searching for their 10th manager in the last six years, with the likes of Quique Sanchez Flores, Slavisa Jokanovic and Gianfranco Zola all coming-and-going during that time.
It therefore begs the question: What are the expectations at Watford?
Jokanovic led Watford up into the Premier League then left, while Flores and Mazzarri have both preserved their top-flight status, but then both departed at the end of the season. But, it appears that the owners are keen to follow in the likes of Southampton and establish themselves in the top-half of the table.
Watford are likely to take their time as they bid to find the right mould of manager to replace Mazzarri.
At this early stage in proceedings it’s Hull boss Marco Silva who leads the way at the top of the betting, with the likes of Claudio Ranieri, Nigel Pearson, Leonid Slutsky, Alan Pardew and former boss Slavisa Jokanovic also in the mix.
We discussed whether Watford would stick or twist with Mazzarri on our latest pod.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 17, 2017
Listen here at 24m 31s:https://t.co/B8WWKkcKe8