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Report: Watford replace Nigel Pearson as manager

Watford are set to replace Nigel Pearson as manager for the final two games of the Premier League season.

A report from the Daily Telegraph states that Nigel Pearson has been relieved of his duties and will not be in charge for Watford’s pivotal last two games as they battle to stay out of the relegation zone.

Watford appear to be looking for their fourth managerial appointment of the season, as they sit just above the bottom three and have Manchester City and Arsenal left to play.

The Pozzo family who own Watford have notoriously hired and fired coaches and they will be hoping for a big reaction in the final 180 minutes of the season, as they were will beaten at West Ham on Friday to leave themselves in the relegation scrap.

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They fired Javi Gracia a few months in and replaced him with former boss Quique Sanchez  Flores who lasted a few months before Pearson was appointed in early December.

Pearson had a big impact early on as Watford won four of his first six games including wins over Manchester United, Wolves, Aston Villa and Bournemouth, while they also became the first team to beat Liverpool this season.

However, the Hornets have won two of their last eight games and are in a dangerous position heading into the final two games of the season.

There’s no doubt this Watford team has plenty of talent with the likes of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Ismaila Sarr, Etienne Capoue, Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra in attack but defensively goalkeeper Ben Foster hasn’t had a lot of help this season.

If Pearson has left Watford, he’s left them with a chance of survival which is more than they looked to have when he first arrived.

There’s no doubt that Watford have lacked belief and direction in recent months but firing Pearson with a few games to go is a very drastic step.

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