Walter Mazzarri to leave Watford this summer

The Italian manager only spent a season at the club

BY Daniel Kelly 13:57 Wednesday 17 May 2017, 13:57 17 May 2017

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Watford have announced that Walter Mazzarri is to leave the club at the end of the season.

Mazzarri only joined the club last summer, but has seen the team's form take a dip in the second half of the season. Watford were never in relegation trouble, but five Premier League losses in a row has seen the team drop to 16th place.

In a statement released by the club on Wednesday afternoon, they revealed the Italian will take charge of the team's game on Sunday at home to Manchester City, but will step away afterwards.

"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 2016/17 season", Chairman Scott Duxbery revealed.

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

Mazzarri's departure is the second season in a row Watford's manager only spends a season with the club. Last summer, the current Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores left after a single season at Vicarage Road.

Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the club have had nine separate managers. Only Malky Mackay's reign from June 2009 to June 2011 has seen a manager stay in charge for at least two seasons.

Mazzarri signed a three-year deal with the club last summer, in what was his first managerial role outside Italy. He had previously managed the likes of Inter Milan, Sampdoria and Napoli.

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