Watford’s turbulent managerial history under the Pozzo family’s ownership

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Rob Edwards’ sacking aft conscionable 11 games successful complaint of Watford is the latest successful a agelong enactment of changes nether the ownership of Gino Pozzo and his family.

Here, the PA quality bureau looks astatine the club’s turbulent managerial past since they entered the boardroom.

Rob’s reign

Rob Edwards waves to the Watford fans

Rob Edwards is waving goodbye to Watford (Isaac Parkin/PA)

Even by Watford’s standards, Edwards’ reign was a abbreviated one.

Only Oscar Garcia, who resigned owed to sick wellness aft 4 games, and his ill-fated replacement Billy McKinlay, who was sacked aft conscionable two, person spent shorter spells successful 1 of football’s hottest seats.

Edwards earned the relation aft starring Forest Green to promotion from League Two and helium started promisingly astatine Vicarage Road, with 7 points from his archetypal 3 games successful complaint against Sheffield United, West Brom and Burnley.

A four-match winless tally followed, with draws astatine Birmingham and Preston earlier defeats to MK Dons, successful the Carabao Cup, and QPR, with triumph implicit Middlesbrough lone a little respite.

The Hornets drew astatine Rotherham and mislaid astatine Blackburn and a 2-2 gully astatine location to Sunderland, who equalised precocious connected done Jewison Bennette, proved the last straw for Pozzo.

Constant change

Gino Pozzo

Gino Pozzo has presided implicit a chaotic decennary astatine Watford (Mike Egerton/PA)

Starting with Gianfranco Zola soon aft their July 2012 takeover, Pozzo and household – on with president Scott Duxbury – person made 16 imperishable managerial appointments successful conscionable implicit 10 years.

That included 3 successful 37 days successful 1 madcap spell soon aft Gino Pozzo took sole complaint successful 2014.

That was admittedly influenced by Garcia lasting down owed to sick wellness aft conscionable 4 games successful charge, though the determination to name McKinlay connected a imperishable ground and sack him 2 games – and 4 points – aboriginal was Pozzo’s alone.

Gino Pozzo, centre, and Scott Duxbury, left

Gino Pozzo, centre, and Scott Duxbury, left, person ne'er hesitated to propulsion the trigger (Mike Egerton/PA)

No manager successful their clip successful complaint has matched Zola’s 75 games, with Javi Gracia the lone different antheral to interruption done the half-century people successful a azygous spell – Quique Sanchez Flores was appointed twice, serving archetypal for 44 games and past 12.

Win percentages are an imperfect measurement of occurrence successful that clip owed to the quality betwixt Premier League and Championship football. Slavisa Jokanovic and Xisco Munoz, arsenic good arsenic McKinlay, cracked 50 per cent but Gracia’s 37.9 per cent is the champion grounds for a reign spent wholly successful the apical flight. Edwards managed lone 27.3 per cent with Watford successful the 2nd tier.

Beppe Sannino, Walter Mazzarri, Marco Silva, Nigel Pearson, Vladimir Ivic, Claudio Ranieri and Roy Hodgson are the different managers to enactment nether Pozzo, arsenic good arsenic two-time caretaker Hayden Mullins.

Bilic bounce?

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic is the latest to effort his luck successful the Watford blistery spot (Glyn Kirk/PA)

Slaven Bilic has already been named arsenic Edwards’ successor, connected an 18-month declaration that whitethorn look optimistic for Watford’s 5th imperishable manager since the commencement of past season.

The Croatian’s erstwhile spells managing successful England saw him walk conscionable implicit 2 years astatine West Ham, winning 42 of 111 games successful charge, and 18 months astatine West Brom with 26 wins from 65.

Matching adjacent his Baggies grounds would fertile him among Watford’s longest-serving and astir palmy managers of the Pozzo era.

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