Nigel Pearson appointed new Watford manager

Watford have appointed Nigel Pearson as their new head coach, initially until the end of the season.

Nigel Pearson appointed new Watford manager

Watford have appointed Nigel Pearson as their new head coach, initially until the end of the season.

Pearson will take the helm after the weekend, with interim head coach Hayden Mullins in charge for the Hornets’ match against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Watford’s chairman and chief executive officer Scott Duxbury told the club’s official website: “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.”

Quique Sanchez Flores was sacked as Watford boss last weekend (Mark Kerton/PA)
Quique Sanchez Flores was sacked as Watford boss last weekend (Mark Kerton/PA)

“Tomorrow gives the perfect opportunity for Nigel to be officially introduced to our supporters as Hayden leads the team in the quest for a very important three points.”

Watford are currently bottom of the Premier League with just eight points from 15 games, leaving them seven points from safety.

Nigel Pearson helped keep Leicester in the Premier League in 2015 (Richard Sellers/PA)
Nigel Pearson helped keep Leicester in the Premier League in 2015 (Richard Sellers/PA)

The 56-year-old’s most recent managerial post was with OH Leuven in Belgium but he has been out of work since February.

Pearson has also managed the likes of Derby, Southampton and Hull.

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