The crazy and mad world of football continued on Sunday when Watford sacked manager Nigel Pearson.
The club are currently three points above the relegation zone with two matches to go.
Improvement from December
Watford seemed destined for the drop when Pearson was appointed back in December with eight points from 15 games. However, a six-game unbeaten run over the Christmas period boosted their chances of survival.
Since his time in charge he has overseen emphatic wins against Manchester United and Liverpool. But after Friday’s embarrassing performance to fellow strugglers West Ham where they lost 3-1, owner Gino Pozzo decided enough is enough.
Pearson’s assistant Craig Shakespeare will also leave the club. The two were informed of the decision on Sunday afternoon by the club’s technical director Filippo Giraldi.
Under 23 coach Hayden Mullins will take charge of the final two games of the season.
Third manager in Ten months
Pearson becomes the club’s third permanent manager to be sacked by Watford this season. Javi Gracia was removed from his post in September and Quique Sanchez Flores was sacked three months later.
What makes this baffling decision even more strange is that Watford still could get out of trouble. Two games left against Manchester City and Arsenal wouldn’t be easy on paper, but still six points to play for.
The lacklustre performance of the side against the Hammers in their crucial six pointer may have led to Pearson’s dismissal. Surely with two games left and on the cusp of safety Pearson should have been left in charge.
It makes no sense to me why you dismiss a manager at the back end of the season. With two games to go bringing in somebody new at the helm is pointless.
A decision like this only favours the caretaker manager who has been installed by the club. He has nothing to loose, keep the club up and you have put yourself in the frame for the job permanently. But if you fail there is every chance you won’t be at the club for the foreseeable future.
Problems with club lie off the pitch
Watford,s problems have to be off the field with the current owner to blame. For a club to have not one or two but three managers in a season surely isn’t right.
Perhaps they are following the general trend in football by just getting rid of managers without thinking logically first.
Experience manager’s like Pearson are few and far between. He is one of a few who have never known relegation before. With two games to go he would have had a great chance of guiding Watford to safety. Then in the summer that should be the time for the club to sit down and make big decisions.
But then again this is the crazy world of football which doesn’t surprise nobody anymore, and will keep continuing to do so.