Nigel Pearson sacked by Watford

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Significantly, Watford's last two games are against Manchester City and Arsenal, although they could survive without picking up another point this season.

Troy Deeney has dismissed a rumour that a half-time punch-up in the Watford dressing room was behind the sacking of Nigel Pearson.

The Pozzo family who own Watford have notoriously hired and fired coaches and they will be hoping for a big reaction in the final 180 minutes of the season, as they were will beaten at West Ham on Friday to leave themselves in the relegation scrap.

WATFORD caretaker-boss Hayden Mullins will use skipper Troy Deeney to pull the squad together as he fights to save them from the drop. "I am player-coach apparently".

"I don't know what was expected of him to do, he took over in a really tough position, six points adrift?"

"I can't waste time thinking about what everyone else will do".

Watford can not afford to lose its focus following the sacking of manager Nigel Pearson as it fights for its Premier League survival with two games left, interim boss Hayden Mullins said on Monday.

"When you work in football, a lot of things happen".

He'll be assisted by former Republic of Ireland U21 and Arsenal goalkeeper Graham Stack.

They fired Javi Gracia a few months in and replaced him with former boss Quique Sanchez Flores who lasted a few months before Pearson was appointed in early December.

"You get to a point in football where you are not surprised any more, but I would say this one surprised me and took me back a bit", the striker told beIN Sports.

Pearson took charge in December, when Watford sat bottom of the table with eight points from 15 games, but his deal only ran until the end of the campaign.

"I wasn't anticipating that was going to be the situation we'd walk into on Sunday".

"You have to respect that decision".

"It's not an easy place to go, I don't think anyone expects it to be but we will go up there and hopefully give it a right good go".