Nigel Pearson’s sacking as Watford boss was disappointing, says LMA chief

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Football management sometimes feels like a permanent state of psychological crisis, says the chief of the League Managers Association after the sacking of Watford boss Nigel Pearson. On Sunday Pearson was fired with two matches of the season remaining.

The 56-year-old is the third manager sacked by the club this season following the departures of Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores. “It’s disappointing for a very talented manager,” said LMA chief Richard Bevan.

Speaking to the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, Bevan added: “Nigel took over in December, Watford were seven points adrift at the bottom and they immediately had a run of four wins. “I believe that form would have kept them about 14th and they also had that great 3-0 win against Liverpool back in February. But Nigel will be resting, recharging and will be ready for his next challenge.”

Hayden Mullins has replaced Pearson until the end of the campaign but he could not prevent Watford from slipping to a 4-0 defeat by Manchester City on Tuesday.

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