Nigel Pearson sacked by Watford after guiding club towards unlikely escape

Nigel Pearson sacked by Watford after guiding club towards unlikely escape

Nigel Pearson sacked by Watford after guiding club towards unlikely escape

Watford seemed destined for relegation when Pearson was appointed in December, with just eight points from 15 matches, but the manager brought about a quick improvement and a six-game unbeaten run over the festive period gave hope of survival.

Significantly, Watford's last two games are against Manchester City and Arsenal, although they could survive without picking up another point this season.

The Hornets, three points above the relegation zone, showed Pearson the door on Sunday with just two matches remaining, less than 48 hours after Friday's 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

The defeat to West Ham - which saw Watford trailing 3-0 after just 36 minutes - proved to be the final straw for Pearson.

It is understood Mullins called a meeting with the 32-year-old on Sunday and told him how key he was to keeping the club up - asking him to be Watford's Mr Motivator for the crunch pair of games. "It's odd obviously, we didn't see it coming".

Hayden Mullins and head of goalkeeping Graham Stack will take charge of Watford against City and Deeney denied he will have any involvement in team selection.

Nigel Pearson has been sacked as Watford manager and head coach, the Premier League club has announced.

The decision was met with widespread shock as Watford were bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety, when Pearson took over in December. "We weren't locked in.so a lot of interesting things". "We know the manager was a big part of it, but the club have made a decision and us, the players and staff, have to be professional enough to focus on the next two games".

Pearson was only named as Watford boss in December previous year after coming in to succeed Quique Sanchez Flores, but has now departed after sources claimed there was a significant difference in opinion between Pearson and Pozzo in the aftermath of the loss at the London Stadium.

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