Walter Mazzarri was the master of his own future as he sought to leave Watford over ongoing communication issues, sources close to the club have revealed.

The Hornets released a statement earlier this afternoon confirming Mazzarri, 55, will depart Vicarage Road following Sunday's final Premier League game with Manchester City.

In it, chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said it had been "decided [Mazzarri] will be stepping down" following discussions with himself and owner Gino Pozzo earlier today.

But the Watford Observer understands Mazzarri's departure was as much his own decision as the club's board, with the Italian increasingly frustrated with ongoing communication issues which have dogged his stay in Hertfordshire.

Publicly, the head coach has reiterated his desire to see out a three-year contract he signed last June, but having tried, and failed, to grasp at least a working proficiency of English, his patience with his own future had worn out.

Mazzarri had also had his head turned by talk of a potential return to Serie A last month, following reports Fiorentina may look to lure him back to Italy, amid somewhat of a culture shock during his 11-month stint in the Premier League.