Three managerial candidates who could take Watford to the next level

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri

Doubts are begin to rise over the future of Watford manager Walter Mazzarri.

Watford manager Walter MazzarriWatford manager Walter Mazzarri

According to a recent report in The Telegraph, Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is fighting to save his job, as he approaches the end of his first season in charge of the Hornets.

The report suggests that concerns have arisen over the Italian's playing style, and the fact that he has not learnt English quickly enough during his time at the London club.

The Hornets are on the brink of securing Premier League safety this season, but the Watford board have shown in the past that they are not afraid to make changes, dispensing with Slavisa Jokanovic after securing promotion and parting ways with Quique Flores despite an overall good first season in charge. 

With this in mind, HITC Sport is taking a look at three available managers who could potentially take Watford to the next level next season, and who might be on a potential short list should the Hornets part ways with former Napoli man, Mazzarri.

1. Cesare Prandelli

Valencia boss Cesare PrandelliFormer Valencia boss Cesare Prandelli

The Watford owners aren't impartial to hiring a foreign manager, and with their ties to Italy, the Hornets could well turn to Italian legend Cesare Prandelli. As a player, Prandelli won trophies with Juventus, including a European Cup and three Serie A titles, and as a manager Prandelli has also enjoyed success at spells with Fiorentina and the Italian national side. After leaving his post at Valencia last year, could the Italian be tempted by a move to London?

2. Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City manager Claudio RanieriLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

The former Leicester City manager shocked the world of football when he led the Foxes to their first ever Premier League title last season. However, after a poor start to the season and rumours of unrest in the dressing room, the Italian was let go - much to the dismay of fans and journalists alike. Not ready to hang up his managerial boots just yet, could the Hornets offer Claudio Ranieri another shot at the Premier League?

3. Roberto Mancini

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini before the matchFormer Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini

The former Manchester City boss has been out of work since 2016 after leaving Italian giants Inter Milan. Loved by Manchester City fans, the Italian boss is likely to be itching to get back into work, and could well be a popular candidate amongst Watford's Italian owners. Often not appreciated for his more pragmatic style of football, Mancini is the second manager on this list who is out of work with a Premier League title to his name, and could be a real coup for the Hornets should they convince him to join them.

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini looks dejectedFormer Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

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