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Watford sack Pearson with two Premier League games left

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Nigel Pearson has been relieved of his managerial duties by Watford after he guided the team to a difficult position in the Premier League.

Watford replaced Quique Sanchez Flores with Nigel Pearson back in December to try and improve their situation as the team looked to be heading into relegation early in the season.

With just eight points collected from 15 matches, Watford were nine points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League when Pearson took over.

Pearson’s appointment started bearing fruits quickly. Watford showed massive improvement and recorded four wins in the first seven matches under him, including the 3-1 victory against Liverpool.

However, they have been unable to maintain their good run of form since the resumption of football.

The Hornets suffered a 3-1 defeat against West Ham United on Friday, leaving them just one place and three points above the relegation zone. A victory in one of their remaining two matches, either against Manchester City or Arsenal, is a must if they look to avoid the drop.

As Sky Sports reports, Pearson and his assistant Craig Shakespeare has been sacked for guiding the club towards an unlikely escape after seven months of being in-charge.

After Javi Gracia and Quique Sánchez Flores, Pearson is the third manager to be dismissed by Watford this season.