Walter Mazzarri to leave Watford at end of the season

Watford's search for a new manager has taken a surprise twist with Leonid Slutsky the favourite to replace Walter Mazzarri, who is leaving the club after Sunday's televised clash with Man City.

The Hornets managed to avoid relegation this season but the club's board have still made a decision to part company with Mazzarri.

Mazzarri had been hopeful that he would be given sufficient time to turn Watford's fortunes around.

Watford have confirmed another season in the Premier League and this team can finally get some credit since with the squad they have available to them, this has been a really good performance for the Hornets.

Walter Mazzarri has fired a parting shot at Watford ahead of his impending exit, saying they could not match the ambition or mentality of his previous clubs.

He told the Hertfordshire Mercury: "It has been a great experience, I am very happy to have lived it". "It has been interesting to see English football from within".

"We have had some problems, but we have met the target", said Mazzarri.

Watford are anticipating competition from other Premier League clubs for Silva, who has impressed despite failing to save Hull from relegation in his four and a half months in charge.

"For someone that always wants more I always have the image in my head of when we were seventh and we beat Everton", Mazzarri said.

"Despite these misfortunes, we were able to reach 40 points with six games remaining of the season, which is the record for this club".

Mazzarri specifically namechecked Spain as a potential destination - which would go some way to explaining his interview with a Spanish newspaper, having never managed in the country nor played there in his career. If possible, I would like to know a new league.



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