Here we are again. Another year and another managerial change at Vicarage Road.
I’d just finished typing up my thoughts on the Chelsea game when I heard the news that Walter Mazzarri would be leaving Vicarage Road at the end of the season and I can’t say I was surprised.
His time had run out with most supporters, myself included, weeks ago and numerous reports in the national media claim the Italian had lost the squad as well. He’s now lost his first job in England too and he can have few complaints.
Many from the outside will say it is another crazy decision, like they did when Quique Sanchez Flores left last summer, given that the Italian has kept us in the Premier League for a second season.
‘What more do a club like Watford want’, many have since cried. But looks can often be deceiving.
Watford have lacked a clear style, identity and game plan all season. You never quite know what formation we are playing and barring one or two games this season, we’ve resorted to lumping the ball up field which simply hasn’t worked.
The football has been pretty tough to watch for large parts and we’ve lacked a distinct cutting edge in the final third.
Players have looked confused and unsure of their roles. Just look at the amount of goals we’ve conceded from set-pieces.
Additionally, week after week you’d see players aimlessly pointing each at other to go and pick up someone from the opposition.
Performances have also been pretty poor as well. Watford have won six times in the Premier League and have accumulated just 22 points since the start of December.
We’ve also lost our last five, scoring just three goals, and haven’t won away from home since we beat Arsenal in January. Whichever way you look at that, it’s incredibly poor.
We could have been mathematically safe weeks ago, but instead we’ve had to rely on others to slip up and our poor form has since taken us down to 16th place in the table.
Yet, this was meant to be a man who was going to take us to the next level. If anything, we’ve gone backwards on the pitch.
The fact Mazzarri can’t speak English has also played a part, with members of his background staff often having to translate his message to the players, often leading to confusion.
It has also made it incredibly difficult for fans to form any sort of rapport with the Italian, and Mazzarri has done himself no favours either by heading straight for the tunnel when the full-time whistle has blown.
I could go on, but in short, I believe it’s the right decision to part ways with Mazzarri after Sunday’s game with Manchester City.
As a result, it is imperative that the Pozzo’s make the right appointment this time round.
The appointment of Mazzarri was always a strange one when it was announced last summer, but we can’t afford to make the same mistake twice.
We need some stability off the pitch and we aren’t going to get that from changing the manager each year. Yes, Chelsea have had 11 different full-time managers in the last 14 years, but we are not even on the same level as the Blues.
It is not healthy for a club of Watford’s stature to have continued questions over the head coach, especially if we have aspirations of breaking into the top 10.
We need someone to be in charge for more than one season to allow them to build, otherwise we will just be back to square one every year.
It is crucial, therefore, that we get the next appointment right in what is set to be a huge summer for Watford.
Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury have some huge decisions to make, starting off with appointing a new head coach.
Summer recruitment also needs to be correct.
The recruitment last summer, as I mentioned in one of my previous fan’s views, was not necessarily good enough, so the board do have to take part of the blame for Watford’s poor season, as many of the players we signed before the season have flattered to deceive.
When we add to the squad this summer, we need genuine quality rather than quantity. We need more signings like Roberto Pereyra, Daryl Janmaat and Tom Cleverley rather than more Juan Camilo Zuniga’s.
These are just some of the big decisions that need to be made by both Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury, in what is a huge summer for Watford Football Club.
Bradley Hayden is the founder and sole writer of @WatfordFCBlog