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Watford relegated from English Premier League.


Watford were relegated from the Premier League after just one season back in the top-flight as Wilfried Zaha’s penalty earned Crystal Palace a 1-0 win on Saturday.

A sixth consecutive defeat left the Hornets still 12 points adrift of safety with just three matches to play.

Roy Hodgson was welcomed back to Selhurst Park a hero for his four years in charge of Palace, but the former England manager’s record of never suffering relegation has ended with his final job before retiring at the end of the season.

Hodgson was unable to rescue Watford after replacing the sacked Claudio Ranieri in January to become the club’s third manager this term following Xisco’s dismissal in October.




He arrived with Watford two points from safety but has managed only two wins in his 15 games.

Watford’s owners the Pozzo family have a long history of churning through managers in ruthless fashion, but they have overseen two promotions to the Premier League during their reign and the club should be among the favourites in the second tier next term.

There were few highlights for Watford in a campaign that always looked destined to end with relegation, although they did thrash Manchester United 4-1 in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final match in charge of the Red Devils in November.

“I think after missing our chances in those last three home games we realised we were making life extremely hard for ourselves,” Hodgson said.

“But anyone who’d like to say there was an inevitability about our outcome and that the players had resigned themselves to the fact that they’re going to go down then they haven’t watched today’s game.


“It gave no indication of that whatsoever and we were fighting right until the last minute to try to get an equaliser.

“It wasn’t the result we wanted but I think we were rather hard done by because the players are convinced that Hassane Kamara was pushed in the back and that’s what provoked the penalty decision.”

Hodgson admitted Watford’s confidence had plummeted during their slide towards relegation, but he believes they can bounce back.

“There are individuals in the team who can make a difference,” he said.

“Their confidence might not be at the highest but I still think this team and this club has a lot to offer in the Premier League, but they’ll first have to go through the Championship to get back.”




Vladimir Ivic gets Watford appointment as new Manager for one year


Watford have announced Vladimir Ivic as Nigel Pearson’s successor at Vicarage Road on a one-year deal.

The Hornets went through three managers during a tumultuous 2019/20 campaign as they dropped down to the Championship following a five-season stint in the top-flight.

Javi Gracia received his marching orders four games into the Premier League season before his successor, former boss Quique Sanchez Flores, was sacked after less than three months in charge. Languishing at the foot of the table, the Hornets then looked to have turned a corner under Nigel Pearson, who guided them out of the relegation zone.

But following a 3-1 defeat at West Ham on matchday 36, Pearson, too, surprisingly received the boot and after a pair defeats in their final two encounters, Watford’s demise to the second tier was confirmed.

Now, it’s the turn of Ivic to enter the Vicarage Road cauldron, with Watford appointing the Serb on a one-year deal.


Ivic left his post at Maccabi Tel Aviv earlier this summer having led them to back-to-back titles and is now the man tasked with guiding Watford back into the Premier League.

“First of all, from the beginning I have a big expectation of myself and of my coaching staff,” Ivić told watfordfc.com.

Vladimir Ivic is the new Watford manager | Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

“It’s my first time in England and I need to adapt as fast as possible, to do the best for the club is very important to me.”

The 43-year-old has no experience of English football as either a player or a manager but has impressed Watford officials during their search for a new boss.


After spending much of his playing career in his native Serbia with Partizan Belgrade, Ivic began his career in management at Greek giants PAOK – where he spent his final four years as a crafty attacking midfielder – initially coaching the Under-20 side before being appointed the first-team boss in 2016 – winning the Greek Cup a year later.

Ivic then enjoyed a mightily successful two-year spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv – overseeing just eight defeats in the 91 games he took charge.

It’s understood the former Serbia and Montenegro international beat out Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber to the post after holding talks with the club last week.

Following his appointment, Ivic is set to oversee the start of pre-season when the Watford players return to training next week.

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Final score : Chelsea 3-0 Watford


Game is over and the final score is Chelsea 3-0 Watford. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
Giroud (28′)
Willian (43′ PEN)
Barkley (90’+2′)

Match Events

0′ Players are warming up before the game

1′ The match is about to start!

15′ Willian’s shot too straight

19′ CLOSE! Giroud’s shot stopped by Foster

25′ Chalobah’s free kick over the bar

28′ GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Watford (Giroud)

43′ Penalty Goal! Chelsea 2-0 Watford (Willian)

59′ CHANCE! Giroud’s shot stopped

68′ CLOSE! Willian’s shot stopped by Foster

78′ Injured Kante replaced by Gilmour

81′ Kepa makes a decent save

85′ Pulisic goes down in the box but ref says no penalty after VAR review

92′ GOAL! Chelsea 3-0 Watford (Barkley)



Chelsea XI: Willian, Azpilicueta, Giroud, Barkley, Zouma, Kepa, Christensen, Kante, Mount, Pulisic, Reece James

Subs: Caballero, Pedro, Alonso, Jorginho, Rudiger, Loftus-Cheek, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Gilmour

Watford XI: Foster, Mariappa, Capoue, Deeney, Kabasele, Femenia, Dawson, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Sarr

Subs: H. Gomes, Holebas, Cathcart, Welbeck, Cleverley, Pereyra, Andre Gray, Masina, João Pedro.

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Chelsea Vs Watford starting Xi’s revealed


The line-ups of Chelsea vs Watford have been announced.

Chelsea XI: Willian, Azpilicueta, Giroud, Barkley, Zouma, Kepa, Christensen, Kante, Mount, Pulisic, Reece James

Subs: Caballero, Pedro, Alonso, Jorginho, Rudiger, Loftus-Cheek, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Gilmour

Watford XI: Foster, Mariappa, Capoue, Deeney, Kabasele, Femenia, Dawson, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Sarr

Subs: H. Gomes, Holebas, Cathcart, Welbeck, Cleverley, Pereyra, Andre Gray, Masina, João Pedro.

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Troy Deeney set for Watford return

Troy Deeney is expected to return to Watford training on Wednesday for the first time since activities restarted following the coronavirus shutdown.


The Watford captain had been arguably the most vociferous critic of the Premier League’s Project Restart plans, citing concerns over the safety of his young son, who suffers from breathing difficulties, and the increased risk posed to BAME players.

Deeney revealed last week that he and his family had suffered online abuse following his stance against the protocols, but will return after being reassured by meetings with the deputy chief medical officer for England, Jonathan Van-Tam, as well as feedback from those of his team-mates who have already trained.

The 31-year-old, who has continued to train alone near his home in Warwickshire over recent weeks, was expected to return to London Colney on Monday but has been unwell, though his illness was not related to Covid-19.



3-0: Manchester United Trashed Watford In Styles

Manchester United picked up back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time this year, after goals from Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood secured a 3-0 win against Watford.

United were given the chance to take the lead when Fernandes was brought down inside the penalty area just before half time, with the Portugal international stepping up to score his first goal since moving to Old Trafford.

Troy Deeney appeared to level the scoreline just a few minutes after half time, but the Video Assistant Referee ruled the goal out after a handball in the build-up to the goal – a harsh but ultimately correct decision.

Things went from bad to worse for Watford when Martial doubled Manchester United’s lead with an audacious chip past Ben Foster, while Mason Greenwood fired a third into the back of the net via the underside of the bar.

Key Talking Point

Things should be sorted in the attacking third of the pitch following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January, but United have to take a long, hard look at their defence and midfield if they want any chance of finding their former glory.

It didn’t matter if United were defending or building attacks from the back, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side didn’t look like a unit – with their defensive midfielders sometimes pressing, while the two centre-backs would drop deeper.

Troy Deeney
Individual mistakes on the ball didn’t help things either as Watford were pressing on the front foot, and although Fernandes (as well as VAR) helped to give United a vital win, there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: De Gea (6); Wan-Bissaka (7), Lindelof (6), Maguire (7), Shaw (7); Fred (5), Matic (5), Fernandes (8*); Greenwood (7), James (6), Martial (7).

Substitutes: Chong (6), Ighalo (7), McTominay (6).

Bruno Fernandes

There’s not too much to shout about if you’re a Manchester United fan right now, but Bruno Fernandes is certainly one thing to crow about.

Bruno Fernandes has been our most progressive player in the first half. He has dropped deeper, drifted wider, directed others to move forward, attempted through balls and dribbled progressively.

Now, he is rewarded with a well deserved goal!

We’ve got a really good footballer in Bruno Fernandes, I pray and hope we surround him with quality footballers and a better coach.

He’s still getting used to things since his big-money move from Sporting CP, but the Portugal international is already starting to control games for Manchester United, dropping deep or out wide to get things going.

Fernandes also won and scored a late first-half penalty to put Manchester United into the lead, but it was the 25-year-old’s performance throughout the match which was the driving force behind Sunday’s win.

Key Talking Point

There’s a lot of positives to take for Watford despite the result and Abdoulaye Doucouré’s role under Nigel Pearson has really helped to transform them this season.

Playing as an attacking midfielder, Doucouré was vital for the visitors as they pressed Manchester United’s defenders whenever they were in possession, forcing them into silly mistakes and creating chances as a result.

Abdoulaye Doucoure,Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Two pieces from brilliance from Fernandes and Martial put the game beyond doubt, but Watford put in another good account of themselves, although without a win in their last five games, they desperately need to start getting points on board.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Foster (5); Dawson (7), Kabasele (7), Cathcart (6), Masina (6); Capoue (6), Hughes (6), Doucoure (8); Pereyra (6), Deulofeu (6), Deeney (7).

Substitutes: Sarr (6), Welbeck (6), Cleverley (6).

Abdoulaye Doucouré

Points need to start getting on the board of Watford want to avoid relegation this season, but Nigel Pearson’s side should keep their head above water if Abdoulaye Doucouré keeps up his run of form as an attacking midfielder.

As well as bringing threat in attack, Doucouré’s ability to help Watford defend from the front saw them cause United all sorts of problems throughout the game at Old Trafford.

Looking Ahead

Manchester United will host Club Brugge in the second leg of their Europa League knockout stage tie in midweek before travelling to Everton next weekend.

For Watford, it’s Premier League champions-elect Liverpool who are next up at Vicarage Road.


Watford sacks manager, Sanchez Flores after their 8th defeat in EPL

Quique Sanchez Flores has been sacked as Watford manager, just 85 days after he was re-appointed for a second spell by the Premier League club.

The Spaniard, who replaced countryman Javi Gracia won just one of his 10 Premier League matches for the club.

The decision to sack came after Watford suffered their eighth league defeat in a 2-1 loss against Southampton on Saturday, which saw them remain bottom of the table on eight points.

In a statement posted to the club’s website this afternoon, Watford chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury said: ‘Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision’

‘The appointment of a new Head Coach is imminent, and with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.’

Quique Sanchez Flores is now the third manager to depart the Premier League in the last month after Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino were sacked by Arsenal and Tottenham.