July 19, 2020 / 3:41 PM / 24 days ago

Watford sack manager Pearson with two games to play, British media report

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United v Watford - London Stadium, London, Britain - July 17, 2020 Watford manager Nigel Pearson after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pool via REUTERS/Adam Davy

(Reuters) - Premier League strugglers Watford have sacked manager Nigel Pearson with two games of the season remaining, the BBC and other British media reported on Sunday.

Pearson joined Watford in December, overseeing an uptick in form, but the club have struggled since the league restarted in June after an enforced suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watford, who are 17th in the table on 34 points, three above the relegation zone, were beaten 3-1 at West Ham United on Friday and end their league campaign with games against second-placed Manchester City and 10th-placed Arsenal.

Pearson’s team have won two games since the restart, while also racking up four defeats and a draw.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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