Former Leicester and Southampton boss Claude Puel in the running to take over at Watford at the end of the season after club sacked Nigel Pearson following West Ham defeat
- Watford sensationally sacked Nigel Pearson with just two games left to play
- Claude Puel is currently the manager of Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne in France
- He was sacked by Leicester last season and dismissed by Southampton in 2017
- Hayden Mullins will be interim head coach against Man City and Arsenal
Former Leicester City boss Claude Puel is one of the candidates being lined up by Watford to take over at the club at the end of the season.
The Hornets sensationally sacked Nigel Pearson with just two games left to play following a disagreement with owner Gino Pozzo after their defeat to West Ham on Friday.
Now Sportsmail understands that Watford are lining up candidates including Puel, 58, who is currently the manager of French side Saint-Etienne, where he has had a mixed season.
Former Leicester City boss Claude Puel is one of the candidates being lined up by Watford
The Hornets sensationally sacked Nigel Pearson on Sunday with just two games left to play
Despite the Ligue 1 season being cancelled during the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Frenchman’s side will be in action in the 2020 Coupe de France final on Friday against Paris Saint-Germain.
Puel was sacked by Leicester City last season and dismissed by Southampton in his previous Premier League post.
Pearson was only named as Watford boss in December last year after coming in to succeed Quique Sanchez Flores, but has now departed after sources claimed there was a significant difference in opinion between Pearson and Pozzo in the aftermath of the loss at the London Stadium.
Sportsmail understands that Watford were keen on Pearson’s assistant Craig Shakespeare on taking the reins until the end of the season – but the former Leicester boss stayed loyal and has also left Vicarage Road.
Frenchman Puel, 58, is currently the manager of Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne in France
Hayden Mullins and Graham Stack will take over as interim head coach for the final matches of the campaign.
Meanwhile, The Sun claim that Troy Deeney will give a team-talk as Mullins aims to pull the squad together in a bid to avoid the drop.
Players were understood to be shocked by the decision to sack Pearson, but Mullins is reportedly banking on Deeney to unify the squad with games at home to Manchester City on Tuesday and at Arsenal on Sunday.
Watford are three points above Aston Villa, who occupy the final relegation place. They need one victory to be safe.
Hayden Mullins and Graham Stack will take over as interim head coach for the final matches
Mullins will try to use skipper Troy Deeney to unify the squad ahead of the last two games
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