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Friday 22 September 2017

Ranieri's Watford link

Walter Mazzarri has been sacked as Watford boss. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Walter Mazzarri has been sacked as Watford boss. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Watford will begin their search for a ninth manager in just five years after announcing they will part company with Walter Mazzarri, with fellow Italian Claudio Ranieri the favourite to succeed him.

Mazzarri's fate was sealed in a meeting with the club's board yesterday afternoon. His final game in charge will be at home to Manchester City on Sunday.

The 55-year-old, who has also managed at Inter Milan and Napoli, signed a three-year deal at Watford last summer, but will leave after just one season.

Mazzarri will take control of his final match against City side with his team languishing in 16th in the Premier League, just six points above the relegation zone, following five successive defeats.

"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 short statement.

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

ODDS ON NEXT WATFORD BOSS

Claudio Raniero 13/8; Marco Silva 11/4; Alan Pardew 12/1; Nigel Pearson 16/1; Garry Monk 16/1; Ryan Giggs 20/1; Alex Neil 20/1; Roberto Mancini 20/1; Chris Hughton 22/1; Roy Keane 25/1.

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