Nigel Pearson should receive his £1m bonus if Watford survive in the Premier League for another season.
Pearson and his assistant Craig Shakespeare were fired on Sunday with two games left after an exchange of views between the manager and club owner Gino Pozzo following the 3:1 defeat to West Ham last Friday.
They went on to lose 4 nil to Manchester City at home, and with Aston Villa’s 1 nil win against Arsenal on Tuesday, they’ve dropped to the bottom three ahead of the final day of the season on Sunday.
However, a report by The Times suggests that Pearson’s bonus does not depend on him being in charge. The Hornets have U23 coach Hayden Mullins and goalkeeping coach Graham Stack in temporary charge.
They must now outdo Aston Villa on the final day as they are level on points, 34 each, although Villa are a goal better off.
Meanwhile, there’s still hope for Bournemouth who sit 19th as they can survive if they win at Everton while Aston Villa and Watford lose their games.
Nigel Pearson got off to a flying start as Watford boss by winning 4 of his first 6 games in charge as he lifted them from the bottom of the table.
It can be recalled that his die also ended Liverpool’s unbeaten hopes with a 3 nil victory in February.