Watford to win Premier League title after sacking Pearson

Watford have sacked Nigel Pearson with two games of the Premier League season remaining.

Reports suggest that Watford started the campaign with Javi Gracia in charge which, while patently untrue, appears to be true.

Quique Sanchez Flores replaced his compatriot at Vicarage Road in September but lasted just three months before being sacked.

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Pearson then took over on a season-long contract with the club bottom of the table, on eight points and one win from 15 games, and seven points from safety.

Despite taking them three points clear of the drop zone with two games left, Pearson has parted with the club early.

The Daily Telegraph state that he ‘has been sacked’ in a decision that seems to have been heavily influenced by the defeat to West Ham on Friday evening, their fifth loss in eight games.

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Craig Shakespeare will also leave his role as assistant manager after technical director Filippo Giraldi told both of the news on Sunday afternoon.

Hayden Mullins will take over in the interim for the second time this season and guide the Hornets against Manchester City and Arsenal as they look to maintain a gap to the bottom three.

It seems harsh on Pearson initially after the fine work he oversaw in his opening weeks, including a six-game unbeaten run and victories over Manchester United and Wolves.

Watford also ended Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run at 44 games in February, as well as holding Tottenham and Leicester.

But poor performances in recent weeks, as well as the short-term nature of Pearson’s contract, have sealed his fate.

The former Leicester boss was hopeful about staying longer when asked earlier this week, saying: “I’ve been speaking to the club and we’ve got an agreement and that’s fine by me.

“Now’s not the time to be talking about me, let’s be honest, we’ve got three games left and it’s important that we do everything we can to pick up as many points as possible.

“The future at the minute is not something that I don’t feel the need to talk about, I’m very comfortable with my relationship with the club and how we’ve both dealt with the situation.

“We’ll look at that when we need to, but not now. I’m really enjoying working here. I haven’t enjoyed always being in a tough scrape, but it’s been a good experience, so we’ll look at that later.”

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