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Walter Mazzarri to leave Watford after poor run of Premier League form

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri will leave Vicarage Road after the final match of the season, the club have confirmed.

Chairman Scott Duxbury said in a statement: "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. We thank Walter and his staff for the contribution they have made to Watford Football Club over the past year."

Mazzarri's future at Watford has been the subject of speculation for several weeks after a difficult end to the season.

Watford are currently in 16th in the Premier League having lost their five games -- including the 4-3 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night -- and were nervously looking over their shoulder in the relegation battle before Hull's defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend confirmed the final spot.

Former Inter Milan and Napoli boss Mazzarri took charge of Watford last summer following the surprise sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores and although the Italian has secured survival in the Premier League there have been suggestions of player discontent in the dressing room.

Peter O'Rourke is ESPN FC's transfer news correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @SportsPeteO.

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