From Belgium's second division to the Premier League: Watford appoints a new manager

7.12.2019.  

It's only the start of December and Watford already has a third manager of the season. As Quique Sanchez Flores failed in exceeding the results of Javi Garcia, who started the 2019/2020 season at the helm of Hornets, another man was needed for the job. The choice of the Premier League club landed on a domestic manager - Nigel Pearson.


The 56-year-old manager signed a contract until the end of the season in which he will have a strenuous task of keeping Watford in the top division. The Hornets are dead-last in the league, with just eight points from 15 matches. Single victory and five draws.


Watford's under-23s coach Hayden Mullins will remain in charge for Watford’s Premier League home fixture against Crystal Palace and Pearson will take the on after the weekend.


Watford’s Chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury said of the club’s move to appoint Pearson.


"Nigel is an impressive coach and comes with all of the experience and success we believe can have a very positive impact on our season. It’s been a pleasure spending time listening to the passion with which he talks about the game. His enthusiasm, organisation and motivation will, I’m certain, prove essential in driving the team forwards and upwards over the coming weeks and months," said Duxbury



Pearson is mostly known from his second time at Leicester as he led the Foxes to a League One title and two Championship Play-Off places as well as that 2013/2014 Championship title win. In the Premier League, he recorded an impressive survival fight with a run of seven victories in nine games at the end of the 2014/2015 campaign.


But the English manager's last job wasn't an impressive one as he was leading a club in the Belgian's second division - OH Leuven. And after 16 months there, he was sacked.


At Leicester City, across different divisions, he had a 51,4% win ratio and he is up for the challenge.


"I'm really delighted to be back working in the Premier League with Watford FC. A huge challenge for us all, but one that we can achieve if we all work together. Thank you all for the kind wishes. Cheers, Nige," wrote the newly appointed manager.



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