Next Watford manager – Roger Schmidt leads the way at 5/2

Roger Schmidt is favourite to land the gig at Vicarage Road

Next Watford manager – Roger Schmidt leads the way at 5/2

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Glen Laidlaw

May 23rd, 2017

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Watford’s final game of the season was always going to be something of a dead rubber. With safety from relegation assured they looked forward to their clash with Manchester City in optimistic mood, their only hope being that they didn’t suffer any humiliation. Unfortunately for the Hornets, that is exactly what happened.

In all honesty the writing was probably on the wall before the match kicked-off. Few expected the Citizens to slip-up in their final game of the campaign and Pep Guardiola’s men had third-place in the Premier League firmly in the bag at the stroke of half-time. The Hornets could offer little in the way of serious resistance, hardly a huge surprise really given that they had just sacked their manager and were short of a few key players due to injuries and suspensions. That’s not to say that Watford sat back and made things easy for City. They didn’t need to.

The main objective for Walter Mazzarri was surely to keep the Hornets away from the relegation zone this season. This he achieved. Nevertheless it wasn’t enough to save his job and now the hunt begins for a suitable replacement. Marco Silva was until recently the bookies’ favourite, the Hull City manager failing to keep his side in the top-flight following a thrashing by Crystal Palace in their penultimate Premier League game. A subsequent hammering by Spurs on the final day of the campaign had no effect on the home fans as they gave Silva a standing ovation in what most firmly believed would be his last match at the KCOM Stadium.

William Hill go 3/1 that Marco Silva lands the gig at Vicarage Road, however leapfrogging him into first place in the betting market is former Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt. The German was sacked by Leverkusen in March following a 6-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund and since then he has been twiddling his thumbs, however the 50-year-old is now the target for Watford’s owners who believe that he could be just the man to revive the side’s fortunes.

Reports suggest that he is currently in talks with the club and he would certainly be a popular appointment amongst the Hornets fans given that he enjoyed notable success in Austria and Germany and is noted for preferring a pressing energetic style of football.

Claudio Ranieri remains amongst the frontrunners, the former Foxes manager 4/1 with Paddy Power to be the next boss at Vicarage Road. He is never going to attain the success which he enjoyed with Leicester City should he take charge of the Hornets but he would nevertheless prove another popular choice amongst the Watford support.


Next Watford Manager Odds

5/2  –  Roger Schmidt

3/1  –  Marco Silva

4/1  –  Claudio Ranieri

6/1  –  Leonid Slutsky


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