Watford sporting director hints at the future of manager Walter Mazzarri

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri

After bouncing from continental foreign coaches to inexperienced Scotsmen, Watford may finally have found the right man in Mazzarri.

Watford sporting director Luke Dowling has told Calciomercato that the club are more than impressed with the impact of Walter Mazzarri and insists he could stay beyond his three-year contract.

The Hornets have become notoriously trigger happy since the Pozzo family took ownership in June 2012, with the former Napoli and Inter boss the seventh manager to have taken charge at Vicarage Road in the last four years.

However, if Mazzarri keeps producing impressive results, Dowling sees no reason why Watford cannot buck the trend and maintain stability in the managerial position.

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri before the game

“We are very happy with Mazzarri,” Dowling told Calciomercato. “He’s a very good tactician, the players like him a lot. We’re very hard to beat this season.

“He has a three-year-deal. He could remain longer.”

The experienced coach has added to the steel and grit instilled by predecessor Quique Sanches Flores by adopting a traditionally Italian 3-5-2 formation at times this season, allowing him to get the best out of the club’s more naturally gifted players such as Etienne Capoue (below) and Nordin Amrabat.

Watford's Etienne Capoue scores their first goal

Furthermore, although the Hornets have enjoyed a mixed bag of results so far - a famous victory against Manchester United undermined somewhat by a 6-1 hammering at Liverpool - they are on track to match the comfortable mid-table finish achieved in their first season back in the top flight in 2015/16.

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri

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