Vladimir Ivic became Watford’s ninth permanent manager to lose his job with the club in the last five years. He was dismissed by the Hornets after just four months in charge of the Championship side.
It is an extraordinary turnover of managers that has been unmatched by any other professional club in England. This latest change comes after a reported fallout with the players as Watford currently sit a respectable fifth in the Championship table.
Like many of his predecessors, Ivic was a surprise appointment when he was handed a one-year contract back in August. The former Maccabi Tel Aviv manager arrived after winning the league championship in Israel in each of his two seasons with the club.
The decision by the Hertfordshire club was made following Watford’s 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield. Ivic left club captain and legend Troy Deeney on the bench for that game after a disagreement with the player.
Despite a change in management, Watford are well placed to challenge for a promotion this season. They are 15/8 in the Championship betting to make a quick return back to the Premier League after just one season outside of the top tier.
Fans of the club will be hoping their new appointment, Xisco Munoz, brings some stability to the club, their new boss arrives after previously managing Dinamo Tbilisi.
No manager at Watford has lasted more than two years since Aidy Boothroyd in 2008. The minimum requirement set on Ivic’s successor may be to gain promotion this season, otherwise, their surge of new managers is likely to continue in 2021.
Hornets Have the Squad to Challenge for Promotion
Munoz will inherit one of the best squads in the Championship when he takes over. Many of the players at the club were with the Hornets when they were in the Premier League last season.
Arguably the biggest star in the team is Brazilian teenager Joao Pedro. When he arrived at the club in 2019 from Fluminense, he came with a huge reputation. However, due to his inexperience, he played just five games last season in Watford’s relegation campaign.
Pedro has featured 16 times already this season and he is flourishing with every game. The Brazilian is the club’s top goal scorer this season with five goals and it is clear he has a huge future ahead of him.
Supported by the experience of Deeney, Glenn Murray, and Andre Gray, the Hornets are not short of firepower in the final third of the pitch.
Outside of Watford’s frontline, the likes of Ismaila Sarr, Etienne Capoue, and Tom Cleverly should all excel in the second tier of English football.
They are players who have done very well in the Premier League, so the drop down to this latest level is likely to see them prove to be a class above the opposition.
With so much football left to be played this season, Watford fans will be hoping it is their team who will top the Championship table at the end of the campaign. If it does happen, the decision to let go of Ivic will then have been vindicated.