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LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - Walter Mazzari's replacement at Watford must be a manager who speaks English, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes said on Sunday.
Italian Mazzari's last game in charge ended in a crushing 5-0 home defeat by Manchester City in the Premier League and the club, who announced he would be leaving this week, now begin the search for a replacement.
Former Inter Milan coach Mazzarri joined Watford last May, replacing Quique Sanchez Flores who also lasted only one season.
"It is important to speak English if you are a manager," Brazilian keeper Gomes said. "They cannot pass on instructions to the players but he tried his best and we thank him for it.
"The club had to make a decision, and they did. The language didn't help him. We apologise for some of our mistakes, we can't just blame the manager."
Watford ended up in 17th place with 40 points, one place above the relegation zone. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Clare Fallon)