Watford's revolving door policy continues as manager Walter Mazzarri to 'step down'

Sunday’s game against Man City will be his last one in charge.

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WATFORD HAVE ANNOUNCED that manager Walter Mazzarri will step down at the end of the season after discussions over the ‘club’s future goals and aspirations.’

The 55-year-old Italian’s departure was confirmed by a club statement this afternoon.

Mazzarri only took over at Vicarage Road at the start of the season and heading into the final weekend of the campaign, Watford sit in 16th place with their Premier League status secured.

The Hornets have, however, won just five games in the league since December and reports suggest a rift between the playing staff and the manager has resulted in morale hitting rock bottom.

“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,” Watford chairman Scott Duxbury said in a statement.

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

Slaviša Jokanović was sacked in June 2015 after guiding Watford to promotion and Quique Flores suffered the same fate last summer despite keeping the club in the top-flight and guiding them to a FA Cup semi-final.

Watford face Man City at Vicarage Road in their final game of the 2016/17 season on Sunday.

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