Watford manager Walter Mazzarri to leave club at end of season

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Walter Mazzarri will leave his post as manager of Watford at the end of the season on Sunday.

The latest manager to depart the club started in his post last summer when he was awarded a three-year contract. Watford are currently in 16th place in the Premier League – they play Manchester City at home this weekend and are currently on a five-match losing run.

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Watford announced that Mazzarri would be stepping down following a meeting with the club’s board on Wednesday afternoon.

The club’s chairman Scott Duxbury issued the following statement: “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.

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

Mazzarri, the former Milan and Napoli manager, had been hopeful that he would be given sufficient time to turn Watford’s fortunes around. But reports of an unsettled dressing room and and their poor run of results – they have taken just

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