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Who will be the next Watford manager?

Published: 26 May 2017

Following Walter Mazzarri’s departure from Vicarage Road, the Hornets are looking for another new manager so we decide to take a look at some of the bookies favourites to take over…

Marco Silva 8/13

The odds-on favourite for the role this week announced he will be leaving Hull City and he is also high in the odds lists for Crystal Palace, Southampton and Porto but according to the bookies, he’s the man that the Pozzo family are looking to take over as their new head coach.

Just the two home defeats in three years for Silva, he revolutionised Hull City’s home form but couldn’t save them from the drop.

Watford won just three times on the road in the 2016/17 including a surprise 2-1 victory against Arsenal and conceded 39 goals away from home.

If Silva is looking to join the Hertfordshire side he will have to take a look at the side’s away form, as they lost 12 of their last 14 away games.

Claudio Ranieri 6/1

With player unrest rumoured to be the reason for both Ranieri and Mazzarri’s departure, we’re not so sure this would be a good idea.

While he may have been in charge of one of the most incredible team achievements in football history, Ranieri’s managerial record elsewhere isn’t the best and as Leicester’s end of season form has shown, maybe they were better off without him.

Slavisa Jokanovic 18/1

This is a bit of an outside bet but it may have some legs. The Fulham manager guided Watford to promotion in a season which saw them have four head coaches and was a fan favourite, with many wanting him to return.


They parted with Billy McKinlay back in 2014 after just two games to bring him in but it would take an awful lot of swallowing pride from Gino Pozzo to go back to the Serbian and ask him to return.

It was rumoured at the time that Watford did in fact offer him a contract extension in 2015, but it was rejected by Jokanovic as the money wasn’t good enough, but maybe the club are willing to back him after parting ways with Quique Sanchez Flores and Walter Mazzarri since.

Best of the Rest

There are some strange names in the odds for the job, with Watford extremely unlikely to go for David Moyes but he is still 25/1 to take over, with Sam Allardyce, who recently announced his intentions to retire from management, listed at 18/1.

While Moyes and Allardyce may be long shots with the bookies, you’d have to find someone rather dim to put money on Mike Newell, even at 33/1. He played for arch rivals Luton Town in the 80s and managed them between 2003 and 2007 so I’d be shocked if Gino Pozzo decided to go for a manager that would upset the fans so much.

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