Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic has been sacked this evening following the 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town

The club have confirmed his departure via a brief statement on their website this evening.

It reads: "Watford FC confirms the departure of Head Coach Vladimir Ivić with immediate effect.

Ivic’s coaching staff will also be leaving Vicarage Road.

The Hornets thank Ivić and his staff for their efforts this season and wish them well for future success elsewhere.

No further comment is available from the club."

Owner Gino Pozzo, CEO and chairman Scott Duxbury and technical director Cristiano Giaretta were all present at the John Smith's stadium to watch the Hornets slump to a miserable defeat to the Terriers, while captain Troy Deeney was forced to watch on from the bench due to a dispute with the boss.

Watford Observer:

Whether or not those "discipline issues" played their part in him losing his job remains to be seen, but performances, particularly this afternoon's, will have certainly played their part.

While Watford are in the playoff places, more was expected from the head coach, with the club hoping to avoid the uncertainty of the playoffs and be promoted automatically this season.

The news comes just over a week after he was named Championship manager of the month for November.