Mazzarri to Leave Watford

Walter Mazzarri will leave Watford after Sunday’s final game against Manchester City. Although Mazzarri has led the club to Premier League safety this season, the news does not come as much of a shock.

Watford have really struggled at times this season, the Italian’s defensive style and a general lack of progress has seen support erode. Next season is very important for Watford, they must improve on this season. There are a few candidates that can take the club to the next level. Marco Silva is expected to leave Hull City following their relegation, the Portuguese would be a great fit for Watford. The work Silva has done at Hull City has not gone unnoticed and there will be plenty of clubs wanting him to lead their sides. Claudio Ranieri is another who could help Watford kick on next season. The Italian was a miracle worker last season as he helped guide Leicester City to the title, he has vast experience in the game, a passion and a great man manager.

Mazzarri’s failure to learn English is also undoubtedly a factor in his departure with Watford frustrated at his failure to communicate with the players and staff.

Watfford chairman Scott Duxbury said in a statement: “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. “We thank Walter and his staff for the contribution they have made to Watford Football Club over the past year.”

The decision to dismiss Flores last season has always been seen as an odd one. There has been no progress made on the field this season, their style of play is a lot worse under Mazzarri than it ever was under Flores. The Watford owners have chopped and changed a lot over the last few seasons, a football club needs stability. Chopping and changing managers does not work, if the club continues to do so – it will catch up with them. The problem with changing a manager so often is that the club do not have a settled team. When a manager comes in, he will want his own players and sell the ones he does not like. With a new manager coming in very season, the club will never have a settled group of players as they are constantly changing.

Watford’s next managerial decision is a big one, hopefully they can bring in a manager that can last a lot longer that his predecessors.

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