According to the Telegraph, Watford have confirmed Walter Mazzarri will leave the club at the end of the season.
The Hornets are now looking for their ninth manager in five years, which can’t make the job the most attractive prospect.
Quique Sanchez Flores was uprooted at the end of last season despite keeping them up – as Mazzarri has done – and a year before that, Slavisa Jokanovic was dispensed with despite leading the club to promotion.
Mazzarri’s struggles with English are widely thought to be a factor in Watford’s decision, as there have been concerns about his ability to communicate with the players and fans, using an interpreter in press conferences.
The 55-year-old understands the language better than he lets on but lacks confidence when speaking to the media. Yet, the Pozzo family may well look to another Italian in Claudio Ranieri, who has been installed as the favourite by SkyBet at 11/8. The former title winner has been out of work since being sacked by Leicester in February and remains hugely popular for his role in their shock 5000/1 triumph. However, the Telegraph claim that Watford are not seriously considering Ranieri.
Marco Silva is a more likely option, as the Portuguese boss is expected to leave Hull having impressed but ultimately failing to keep them up. SkyBet are offering him at 7/4, but he’s likely to receive more attractive offers from elsewhere.
Watford have less than a handful of English players in their ranks, but they could opt for a home-grown option in Alan Pardew (6/1) but isn’t being touted as a likely option. Crystal Palace sacked Pardew just days before Christmas in 2016, but he has worked all over the country and would be confident of keeping Watford up again next season.