By Wayne Veysey

19th Jul, 2020 | 2:42pm

Exclusive: Watford sack manager Nigel Pearson after eight months in charge

Watford have sacked manager Nigel Pearson, Football Insider understands.

The Hornets have decided to part company with Pearson with just two games left to secure their survival.

A Watford source has told Football Insider that Friday’s disappointing defeat to relegation rivals West Ham was the final straw for the club’s board.

Pearson replaced Quique Sanchez Flores in December with Watford nine points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Initially, his time at Vicarage Road got off to a bright start with four wins in his first seven matches, but since the restart the Hornets have only recorded only two victories.

Watford are three points adrift of safety and need at least one win from their final two games against Manchester City and Arsenal to guarantee their survival.

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Pearson became the the Hornets’ third manager of the season at the end of last year following failed spells from both Javi Gracia and the aforementioned Flores.

The former Leicester City manager has taken charge of 22 matches since arriving at the club, and has averaged 1.18 points per game during that time.

His most recent post before joining Watford was at OH Leuven in Belgium.

Watford are next in action on Tuesday evening when they will host last season’s champions City.

Their final game of the season will be played next Sunday in the capital as they travel to face Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side.

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