Watford appoint Nigel Pearson as Quique Sanchez Flores’ replacement

December 6, 2019
By: Daniel Orme

Watford have appointed their third manager of the season, bringing in former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson.

The Englishman replaces Quique Sanchez Flores, who himself took the reins from compatriot Javi Gracia earlier this season, at Vicarage Road and is given the task of keeping the Hornets in the Premier League following a disastrous start to the season.

After 14 matches, Watford are marooned to the bottom of the table seven points adrift of safety having only managed to claim a solitary win this season.

Pearson has signed a contract at the club until the end of the current campaign, with the option of an extra year.

Hayden Mullins has been in caretaker charge following the departure of Sanchez Flores, leading the club to a 2-0 defeat to high-flying Leicester City in midweek. The 40-year-old will continue in the role for this weekend’s clash against Crystal Palace, with Pearson not set to take control until after the weekend.

He will then be set to make his first return to the Premier League since the end of the 2014/15 season. Previously in charge of Leicester, he masterminded a fantastic escape from relegation, something that he will aim to repeat this year.

The Hornets are one of the favourites to drop out of the league at odds of 1/4 with Betfair.

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