Hornets confirm Mazzarri departure

17 May 2017 10:30:18 EST

Watford have confirmed that manager Walter Mazzarri will leave the club following the last game of the season, at home to Manchester City on Sunday.

Italian Mazzarri took charge at Vicarage Road last summer, following the departure of Quique Sanchez Flores after just one season at the Hornets helm.

His tenure started in solid enough fashion, but Watford have won only three of their last 13 Premier League games to tumble down into 16th place in the table, although they are safe from the threat of relegation.

That loss of form prompted talks between Mazzarri and the club hierarchy, which have resulted in the decision to make a seventh managerial change in the space of five years.

A statement from chairman Scott Duxbury confirmed: "After the board discussed with Walter Mazzarri the club's future goals and aspirations, it was decided he will be stepping down from his position as the club's head coach after the final game of the season.

"We thank Walter and his staff for the contribution they have made to Watford Football Club over the past year."

Prior to taking charge at Watford, Mazzarri had managed the likes of Sampdoria, Napoli and Inter Milan in his homeland, with both Samp and Napoli finishing as runners-up in Serie A under the his guidance.

Mazzarri's final bow at Vicarage Road comes on Sunday, when Man City arrive knowing that they need to avoid defeat to ensure a place in the Champions League next season.

Earlier on in the campaign, the Hornets were beaten 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, with Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva the City goalscorers.

Watford are 17/2 to gain a draw on Sunday, with a 2-2 scoreline priced at 33/1, while Troy Deeney is 15/4 to score at any time and end a run of seven games without a goal.

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