Wednesday 26 July 2017

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri to step down at the end of the season

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Walter Mazzarri, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on March 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Walter Mazzarri, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on March 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Walter Mazzarri will leave Watford at the end of the season, the Premier League club have announced.

Italian Mazzarri will depart the Hornets after just one year in charge and with the club 16th in the Premier League table with one game remaining.

Watford announced that Mazzarri would be stepping down following a meeting with the club's board on Wednesday afternoon.

"After the board discussed with Walter Mazzarri the club's future goals and aspirations, it was decided he will be stepping down from his position as the club's Head Coach after the final game of the 2016/17 season," Watford chairman Scott Duxbury said in a statement.

"We thank Walter and his staff for the contribution they have made to Watford Football Club over the past year."

Mazzarri, the former Inter Milan and Napoli manager, has come under increasing pressure at Watford following the club's slump in form in which they have lost their last five matches.

The 55-year-old Italian signed a three-year deal, but will leave after just one campaign.

His final game in charge will be at home to Manchester City on Sunday.

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