May 17, 2017 / 12:56 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Watford manager Mazzarri to leave at end of season

LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) - Italian Walter Mazzarri will step down as manager of Watford after the final game of the season against Manchester City on Sunday, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Former Inter Milan coach Mazzarri joined Watford last May, replacing Quique Sanchez Flores, and guided the club to Premier League safety.

"After the Board discussed with Walter Mazzarri the club's future goals and aspirations, it was decided he will be stepping down from his position as the club's Head Coach after the final game of the 2016/17 season," Watford said in a statement.

"We thank Walter and his staff for the contribution they have made to Watford Football Club over the past year."

Watford are 16th in the table having lost their last five league games in a row.

Mazzarri was the eighth head coach to work under Watford's Italian owner Gino Pozzo, whose family took over the club in 2012. (Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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