07 December 2019 14:35
Watford have appointed Nigel Pearson as their new head coach, initially until the end of the season. Pearson will take the helm after the weekend, with interim head coach Hayden Mullins in charge for the Hornets' match against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Watford's chairman and chief executive officer Scott Duxbury told the club's official website: "Nigel is an impressive coach and comes with all of the experience and success we believe can have a very positive impact on our season. Premier League manager hot seat rankings Show all 18 left Created with Sketch. Getty 1/18 Hot seat rankings Which Premier League managers are facing the sack?
Pep Guardiola The best manager in the world and personal friends with the board, the only way Pep departs will be out of his own volition. Brendan Rodgers Amid an initial circus of doubters, Rodgers has revived Leicester's vein of title-winning form. Jamie Vardy is still rewinding the years, James Maddison is one of the league's outstanding creative players, Wilfried Ndidi the militant enforcer at the base of midfield and Caglar Soyuncu allowing fans to quickly move on from Harry Maguire. Together, they form arguably the strongest spine in the league, and Rodgers has brought them to their best. Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have all broken through, results are continually improving and there'll be a long degree of leniency for a hometown manager operating under such restraints. However, steadily Potter's brand of football is taking hold and, with an exciting group of new signings growing in stature along with Lewis Dunk's towering presence in defence, they should avoid another relegation battle - has just signed a new six-year contract, bizarrely, despite only joining last summer. A team better than the sum of their parts, and looking like a side that can maintain a consistent challenge that has taken them as high as fifth this season. Nuno Espirito Santo After a stuttering start, as the club managed their Europa League campaign, Santo's side are now undefeated in the league since mid-September. That run of form has pushed Wolves up into fifth and qualification for the knockout stages in Europe. Sean Dyche Like a fine claret, Burnley's success comes in cycles and, after Europa League qualification and the dreary season which followed, Dyche's side are having another solid go of things this time around. There is a habit of following a run of wins with a run of defeats, but Burnley remain entrenched in the middle, and that is plenty enough to keep Dyche safe and the murmurings of an opportunity elsewhere consistent. However, his side have continued in mixed form, consistently inconsistent and thus always in that mid-table muddle. AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images 12/18 7. Dean Smith While a new contract is seemingly a move towards securing Smith on a long-term basis, Aston Villa's form is a little bit concerning. Roy Hodgson Roy Hodgson entered the season as the old face ready to meet the axe of time. A run of worse tidings followed as defeats began to pile up, and while consecutive wins have Palace back in the top half, Hodgson has neither the positive brand of football nor particularly strong tie to the club of others in similar boats elsewhere. Daniel Farke The Canaries started with a wild chirp of victory, inflicting defeat on Newcastle and Manchester City, but a meeker tweet has followed. A win over Everton and credible draw against Arsenal are two solid results, but Norwich remain buried in the bottom three. Farke is well-liked and encourages an exciting style of football - aspects which might buy him breathing room - but their vulnerable defence is showing few signs of stemming the downward flight. Getty Images 17/18 2. Two wins over fellow bottom-three battlers Norwich and Watford have lifted Southampton out of the relegation zone, but the Saints could easily be dragged back down into the mire and Hasenhuttl is far from safe. Duxbury added: "I'd like to thank Hayden Mullins for stepping in to coach the team on an interim basis. Watford are currently bottom of the Premier League with just eight points from 15 games, leaving them seven points from safety. Pearson has also managed the likes of Derby, Southampton and Hull.