Watford have confirmed that they have appointed Vladimir Ivic as their new manager.
The 43-year-old has agreed a one-year deal to takeover at Vicarage Road, with the option for the club to extend that by a further year.
Vladimir Ivic Appointed as New Watford Manager
The Serbian is still young in terms of coaching experience. At the age of 43, he has managed Greek side PAOK and Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv.
However, he was hugely successful with both those clubs, winning the Greek Cup in the 2016/17 season with PAOK, before back-to-back titles with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Furthermore, in his two years in charge of Maccabi, Ivic lost just seven games out of 81. Most of those came in cup competitions, as he lost just two leagues during his time with the club.
As a result, the pressure is on the 43-year-old to succeed with the Hornets. Watford will be looking for an instant return to the Premier League after they were relegated to the Championship.
His one-year contract signals that he will need to impress his employees. The Hornets have a history of a turnover of managers, including three last season.
Nigel Pearson was the last of those to be sacked, as Hayden Mullins took charge with two games remaining.
What Was Said?
Speaking about his new chapter to the official Watford website, Ivic said: “First of all, from the beginning I have a big expectation of myself and of my coaching staff.
“It’s my first time in England and I need to adapt as fast as possible, to do the best for the club is very important to me.”
I’ve worked with my coaching staff for three years, so I know that we will ask the most from ourselves so we can help the players to achieve the club’s goals.”
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