In many respects it was a game that didn't really matter too much. The Hornets were safe from the threat of relegation as they looked forward to their home game against Manchester City and the only important thing was that embarrassment was avoided. Unfortunately for the Hornets, this wasn't to be.
The writing was on the wall before kick-off. Manchester City were hardly likely to slip-up and the visitors had third-place in the bag before the interval. Watford put up little resistance, hardly surprising really given that they were missing key players through suspension or injury and their manager had recently been sacked. The hosts didn't sit back and try to make things easy for the Citizens. They didn't have to.
At least relegation was avoided, however that wasn't enough to save Walter Mazzarri's job. The hunt now begins for a replacement and the smart money appears to be on Hull City manager Marco Silva. The Tigers boss failed in his remit of keeping Hull in the Premier League and they fell into the second tier following a mauling by Crystal Palace in their penultimate game. A subsequent 7-1 thrashing at home to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend had little effect on the home support however as Silva was given a rousing ovation by the supporters at the KCOM Stadium in what many believed would be his final day at the helm.
Silva is indeed in his final month of his short-term contract and the bookies believe that his future may well lie elsewhere with Bet365 going just 6/5 that he lands the job at Vicarage Road during the summer. Hull have apparently made Silva an offer to remain in-situ into the new season although one would feel that any ambitions won't be met in the second-tier and should this prove to be the case, then the weekend performance against Spurs was a pretty poor send-off indeed.
Claudio Ranieri is another name to be thrown into the hat, the former Leicester City boss 4/1 with Paddy Power to be next in charge of the Hornets. Whilst it is highly unlikely that he will ever emulate the success which he achieved with the Foxes in 2015/16, his appointment at Vicarage Road would certainly be popular amongst the home support.
Next Watford Manager - Best Odds
6/5 - Marco Silva
4/1 - Claudio Ranieri
6/1 - Leonid Slutsky
9/1 - Giovanni van Bronckhorst
9/1 - Nigel Pearson