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  • "Wrong move and wrong people are out. The board have to take a fair chunk of the responsibility for this.

    It cannot be denied that Aidy is our second best manager. His weakness was the lack of strong back up after Keith Burkinshaw left, whether this was his choice or the board's is open to debate, but if the board were strong they would have made him take on a good replacement.

    A number of key players have left, and some of the others who were not a success, and the squad is at breaking point as far as strength in depth is concerned. There is no money to strengthen, so who would want to come in and take over? Whoever does sign on the dotted line will have to have a short term outlook like Joe Kinnear has at Newcastle, as they could be out if the board are able to find a buyer.

    It is interesting to see that this has happened the same day that the board have announced the date of the Russos' vote of no confidence to take place at the EGM.

    I think that it is also interesting that John Ward has left Carlisle by mutual consent. I would not be surprised to see Aidy replacing Pardew, who is apparently under serious pressure at Charlton.

    Now it is time to get some changes where they need to be made, at the very top. Perhaps if the remaining 46% vote agaist the board then they will do the honourable thing and go.

    I hope all of those who demanded Aidy goes are happy. I would like to know who they want to take his place, apart from Kenny Jackett, with Nigel Gibbs as his assistant there has not been many suggestions. The two things in Jackett's favour are that he is a much better manager than he was when he managed Watford before and also he is Watford at heart."
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Aidy Boothroyd leaves Watford FC

Aidy Boothroyd leaves Watford FC

Aidy Boothroyd has left Watford FC.

Aidy Boothroyd has left Watford FC.

First published in Local Sport

Watford Football Club has parted company with manager Aidy Boothroyd.

The club this evening confirmed Boothroyd has left the club “by mutual consent", with immediate effect.

In a statement chairman, Graham Simpson, said: “It is with some sadness that we have taken this decision, along with Aidy, that the time is right for a new manager to take Watford Football Club forward.

“Both parties feel that his tenure at the club is simply at an end and, following discussions, we have mutually decided that a parting of the ways is in the best interests of all concerned.”

Some media outlets have speculated that Boothroyd has in fact been sacked.

Boothroyd, who was the 12th longest serving manager in English football, has become the 12th manager to leave his position this season.

“Both parties feel that his tenure at the club is simply at an end and, following discussions, we have mutually decided that a parting of the ways is in the best interests of all concerned.”

Club statement

The 37-year-old started at odds of 14-1 to be the next manager to leave his post but as the day went they shortened to 4-1 and eventuallt 6-4.

The Yorkshireman has endured a torrid time this season and Watford are currently lying 21st in the Championship, with only goal difference keeping them out of one of the relegation spots.

However, Boothroyd has enjoyed success in his time at Vicarage Road, taking Watford into the Premiership in 2006 and reached the semi finals of the FA Cup in the same season.

The club said they "will now begin the search for a suitable candidate to build on the excellent work started by Aidy Boothroyd" but did not state who will take temporary charge.

However, there is already speculation that former Hornets coach John Ward, who lost his job at Carlisle United today, will return to Vicarage Road as interim manager until a permanent replacement is found.

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