Watford is accelerating plans to appoint a new boss after the Premier League ends with ‘Claude Puel, Marcelino and Sabri Lamouchi all in position’ to replace sacked Nigel Pearson
- Watford reportedly stepped up their plans to hire a new manager
- The club fired Nigel Pearson with two more Premier League games left
- Hayden Mullins has a temporary lead and faces a struggle to maintain the club
- Claude Puel, Marcelino and Sabri Lamouchi are all candidates for appointment
Watford will accelerate their plans to appoint a new manager after the Premier League season ends on Sunday, reports said.
The club fired Nigel Pearson with two games to go and temporarily gave Hayden Mullins the lead, but the academy boss faces a battle to keep the team in first place.
The Evening Standard report that the Hornets are waiting to see which division they will play next season, but former Leicester boss Claude Puel has emerged as an early favorite.
Former Leicester boss Claude Puel is the early favorite to become the next Watford manager
Hayden Mullins has a temporary lead after Nigel Pearson was fired with two games to go
Puel was fired by the Foxes in February 2019 and replaced by current manager Brendan Rodgers.
Other candidates include Sabri Lamouchi from Nottingham Forest.
The club missed a place in the championship playoffs on a dramatic final day, with Lamouchi’s squad beaten 4-1 by Stoke, while Swansea defeated Reading with the same score and jumped to sixth place.
Sabri Lamouchi of Nottingham Forest has been linked after his team missed the playoffs
Valencia boss Marcelino is another name on the list after the LaLiga side finished ninth
Valencian boss Marcelino, whose team missed a place in Europe this season, is another name that has been thrown in the cap.
Chris Hughton was interviewed before the club opted for Pearson and is an experienced championship manager who has guided Brighton and Newcastle towards the division’s promotion.
But he’s also in talks with Bristol City to become their new coach after Lee Johnson was fired earlier this month.
Watford currently occupies the last relegation spot and is three points behind Aston Villa on the way to the last game of the season.
Villa knows they must match Watford’s result at Arsenal in order to survive.
Bournemouth has an opportunity to stay up, but must defeat Everton in Goodison Park and hope both the Hornets and the Villa will be defeated.
Watford faces a battle to stay in the division and hopes other results will get their way