Nigel Pearson Praises Watford Supporters as He Departs Vicarage Road

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Nigel Pearson has praised the Watford supporters following his sacking by the club on Sunday evening.

Nigel Pearson Praises Watford Supporters

Messages of Support

In a statement on his Twitter, the 56-year-old thanked the Hornets supporters for the messages of support he has received following the announcement.

The statement reads: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the well-wishes I’ve received from Watford supporters and the football community. Thank you all for your kind messages. Although not able to finish the task I was brought in to achieve, I wish Watford all the best for their final two games. Cheers, Nige.”

His departure comes after their 3-1 defeat to West Ham United. It leaves the Hornets three points off of the relegation zone with two games still to play.

Strange Timing?

The timing of Pearson’s departure could not appear to be more strange.

With two games left to play, sacking the manager will no doubt cause disruption among the squad.

Furthermore, Watford’s final two games are against Manchester City and Arsenal retrospectively. With teams around them having the benefit of easier final two fixtures, it is a decision that could live to haunt the Hornets.

Pearson had also turned Watford’s season around. Arriving with the club planted to the bottom of the Premier League table, he has lifted them out of the relegation zone, almost achieving his goal of securing survival.

However, his sacking means that the Hornets will be looking for their fourth manager of the season, and Hayden Mullins will be tasked with steering the ship for the final two games.

Early Favourites?

Claude Puel is the early favourite to takeover at Vicarage Road, according to The Telegraph.

The former Leicester City and Southampton manager is currently in charge at Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne.

Sam Allardyce and Chris Hughton are also in the running for the vacant post.

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