Slaven Bilic sacked less than 6 months later watford It is the latest in a long series of changes in ownership of Gino Pozzo and his family.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the club’s turbulent management history since they entered the boardroom.

Bilic’s record

Twenty-six games are one of the longest reigns in recent Hornets history, and Bilic has outstripped each of the previous three managers despite only lasting from September to March.

His predecessor, Rob Edwards, was fired after 11 games and Claudio Ranieri 14, Roy Hodgson replaced the Italian on a short-term contract to see the last 18 games of last season.

Bilic has won 10 Championship games with seven draws and eight losses, thus setting a record 37 points out of 75 possible.

They have scored 30 goals, 27 league goals and two more against Reading in an FA Cup first-round debut, winning just one of their last eight games.

constant change

starting from Gianfranco Zola Shortly after their takeover in July 2012, Pozzo and his family – along with chairman Scott Duxbury – have made 17 permanent executive appointments in less than 11 years.

This included three crazy spells in 37 days, shortly after Gino Pozzo took charge alone in 2014.

It can be admitted that he was impressed by Oscar Garcia’s withdrawal after only four games as his health deteriorated, but the decision to permanently appoint Billy McKinlay and fire him two games – and four points later – was on Pozzo’s sole discretion.

During his tenure, no manager has matched Zola’s 75 games, and Javi Gracia is the only other man to break the half-century line with a single spell – Quique Sanchez Flores was appointed twice, playing 44 games then 12.

McKinlay aside, only Slavisa Jokanovic and Xisco Munoz had a 50 percent win rate, while Gracia’s 37.9 percent is the best record for a full Premier League reign. Bilic had a share of only 38.5 percent in the second tier.

Beppe Sannino, Walter Mazzarri, Marco Silva, Nigel Pearson and Vladimir Ivic, as well as two-time caretaker Hayden Mullins, are other executives who will work at Pozzo.

joker card

With Watford ninth and just four points out of the top six, coach Ben Manga told the club’s website: “As the January transfer window has ended, the only option available to re-energize for the final games ahead is to change coaches.”

Former Sheffield United and Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder The man entrusted with this task with a realistic-looking Watford contract that only covers the remainder of the season – 11 games plus the possibility of a playoff run.

After previous successes with Halifax, Oxford and Northampton in the lower leagues, Blades fan Wilder moved his childhood club to the Premier League, where the over-successful season finished in ninth place before being fired on the way to relegation in 2021. .

He won more than 48 percent of his matches at the club, 106 of 227, and then 18 of 45 with a less impressive spell with Middlesbrough, whom he was sacked in October after serving nearly a year. His successor, Michael Carrick, promoted Boro from the relegation zone to third place at the table.