Watford’s relegation hopes are becoming slimmer by the day after they were beaten 2-1 on home turf against Thomas Frank's Brentford, a side who came up with the Hornets from the Championship last season. A goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time on Saturday was a real nail in the coffin and now the Hornets remain six points from safety with six games remaining, despite having played two more than Everton who are now currently out of the relegation zone.
Once again Watford only have themselves to blame with crucial defensive mistakes at the back which is surprising since Roy Hodgson likes to build a strong foundation at the back which we have seen at all the clubs he has managed, most recently Crystal Palace.
Watford now face Manchester City next away from home and if Watford want to get any sort of result they will have to preform at their highest level. Roy Hodgson still believes his side can stay up saying ‘there are still 18 points to play for and many games ahead of ourselves’.
But many Watford fans believe the season is already over and many feel left frustrated with the players and coaches but most importantly the people in power at the top of the club who make all the big decisions.
Watford have begun their manager search in recent days since Roy Hodgson was always a temporary fix. It is my understanding that the manager shortlist consists of many European managers including the former Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo and also the recently sacked manager Sean Dyche who managed Watford ten years ago.
It's been reported by The Athletic that Watford want to change the way in which they operate, they regret some of the decisions they have made in sacking managers and now want to change their approach and be more patient with new managers and not to make sudden rash decisions.
That being said, the manager to replace Hodgson will receive full backing and support from the Watford hierarchy as the club will want this new manager to build a special project and bounce straight back to the Premier League if relegation indeed happens. The sole aim of Watford Football Club is to be a stable Premier League side with good young players.
Overall, Watford have lacked quality on the pitch all season under all three different managers they have had this season. In January the club decided to bring in three players to help boost the squad for Claudio Ranieri and ended up sacking the manager weeks within bringing these players in. One player that has had a huge positive impact is Hassane Kamara who came in from Nice - he has been arguably been Watford’s best player these past couple of months.
There are many reasons why this season has not gone as well as planned for the Hornets, some include player recruitment, poor appointments of head coaches and also some injury problems this season with players like Ismaïla Sarr, Nicolas N’Koulou, Christian Kabasele, Kiko Femenia, Peter Etebo on loan from Stoke City and Francisco Sierralta missing large parts of the season. What also didn't help Watford was the loss of a few players during January due to the African Cup of Nations.