From an outside perspective, you can’t imagine that there would be too many tears shed at Vicarage Road when Walter Mazzarri’s departure was confirmed on Tuesday, The Mirror reports.
Unlike the popular, affable Quique Sanchez Flores, the irate Italian appeared to lack that same charming persona and bond with his playing staff. Even Troy Deeney, a bonafide club legend and arguably the club’s most consistent player since they returned to the Premier League in 2015, suffered the brunt of Mazzarri’s somewhat questionable management.
According to The Express, the former Inter Milan and Napoli coach was forced to hold clear-the-air talks with his captain after dropping him for Watford’s 4-0 battering at Tottenham recently. Suddenly, the future of Watford’s long-serving talisman was in doubt – just 12 months after they flatly rejected a bid from champions Leicester City worth £25 million (The Independent).
And it appeared that West Brom could benefit from this surprise breakdown. The Sun reported that The Baggies were willing to make Deeney their club-record signing in the hope that he could add cutting edge to an often wasteful attack.
He’s hit 23 goals in two Premier League seasons, after all.
And even West Brom manager Tony Pulis was surprisingly open in his praise of the club’s reported top transfer target.
"I've got a lot of time for Troy, he's come through the lower leagues and it's brilliant to see him in the Premier League," Pulis told the Birmingham Mail last month.
However, Mazzarri’s sudden and not unexpected departure could bring an end to any speculation. It appeared to be escalating towards a ‘me or him’ situation at Vicarage Road and Watford were always going to side with their skipper rather than another ‘dispensable’ manager.
Now, the fans favourite has no real reason to leave.