Nigel Pearson ‘to be replaced as Watford boss for final two games of season’

Nigel Pearson 'to be replaced as Watford boss for final two games of season'

Watford will replace Nigel Pearson for the final two games of the season, the PA news agency understands.

The 56-year-old was informed he would be leaving Vicarage Road by the Hornets' technical director Filippo Giraldi on Sunday.

Watford are 17th in the Premier League, three points above the relegation zone, ahead of Tuesday's visit of Manchester City.

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Watford manager Nigel Pearson (left) speaks to team-mate Troy Deeney
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Watford manager Nigel Pearson gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson (left) and West Ham United manager David Moyes speak prior to the Premier League match at the London Stadium.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson (right) speaks to his team during a drinks break during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson greets Etienne Capoue (left) as he is substituted off the pitch during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson during the warm up before the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson watches from the touchline during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson controls the ball on the touchline during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.
Nigel Pearson, Manager of Watford and Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City look on during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, London.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson talks to Ismaila Sarr (23) during the drinks break during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, London.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson before the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London.
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Watford manager Nigel Pearson arrives at the stadium ahead of the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson before the FA Cup third round replay match at Prenton Park, Birkenhead.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson talks with Filippo Giraldi Watford FC Technical Director (left)
Watford manager Nigel Pearson during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth.
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Assistant Craig Shakespeare is also expected to depart, with the club yet to confirm their decision.

Pearson took over from Quique Sanchez Flores, who lasted just three months, and became Watford's third manager of the season after the September dismissal of Javi Gracia.

He was appointed in December, when the Hornets were bottom of the table, and won seven of his 23 games.

Watford also travel to Arsenal on the final day of the season and have survival in their own hands ahead of the final week.

Back-to-back wins over Norwich and Newcastle gave them breathing space over the bottom three but the Hornets suffered a 3-1 defeat at relegation rivals West Ham on Friday.

Speaking after defeat to the Hammers, Pearson said: "We know that (we have the toughest run-in) but we have to cope with it.

"I can't waste time thinking about what everyone else will do. It comes back to bite you where you don't want to be bitten."

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