REPORT: Nigel Pearson to Remain as Watford Manager Until Season is Completed

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Despite his contract expiring in May, Nigel Pearson will remain as Watford manager until the season is completed, according to Sky Sports.

Nigel Pearson to Stay as Watford Manager

Disruption Due to Coronavirus

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused mass disruption in football. The 2019/20 Premier League season will not resume in May, when Pearson’s contract expires.

As a result, according to Sky Sports, there is a ‘verbal agreement’ that he will remain until the end of the season, whenever that may be.

The 56-year-old arrived at Vicarage Road in December on a short-term deal until the end of the season. The Hornets were bottom of the table, and were given little hope of surviving.

However, since Pearson’s arrival they have had a change in fortunes. They went on a six game unbeaten run shortly after his arrival, which included four victories.

Before the season was halted due to the coronavirus outbreak they ended Liverpool’s long unbeaten run in the Premier League. However, that was then followed by a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Does Nigel Pearson Deserve the Watford Job Permanently?

After their early season debacle of managerial changes and poor form, Pearson has at least given Watford a fighting chance of staying in the Premier League.

They are by no means the best side to watch, having scored just 15 times in 12 Premier League games under his guidance. However, he has his players well-drilled, playing to a style of play that suits them.

Relegation is, of course, a major threat. Watford are level on points with Bournemouth, who occupy the last relegation place. Even if they were to go down, Pearson would still be a shrewd appointment for the Hornets. He has an abundance of experience in the division, and under him, they would likely challenge for a straight return back to the Premier League.

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