Nigel Pearson admits he still does not know why Watford sacked him with just two Premier League games remaining last season.

The 57-year-old guided the Hornets out of the Premier League relegation zone after taking over in December 2019, but was sacked after a crushing defeat to West Ham United.

Pearson believes he has unfinished business at Watford

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Pearson believes he has unfinished business at Watford

His departure proved costly as Watford were relegated from the top-flight on the final day of the season.

Reflecting on his sudden exit, Pearson told BT Sport: “I can’t explain it all, I think you’re asking the wrong person.

“I don’t know. It was very much a surprise in some way to me and unfinished business.

“It was really unfortunate because we felt we had a fighting chance. But that’s water under the bridge now. It’s important they try and bounce back. It’s a big season for them.

“There is a volatility and an emotional aspect of how the club is managed from the top and it goes with the territory.

“When you take a job like that you can’t be too surprised when they end the ways they did.

Xisco Munoz is the latest manager to set foot in the Watford hotseat

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Xisco Munoz is the latest manager to set foot in the Watford hotseat

“But it still remains a big frustration for me because when I went in there, I said I’d take going into the last game – even though it was a tough one.

“Everybody would have done that so it remains a big frustration for sure.”

Last month, Pearson’s replacement, Vladimir Ivic, was sacked after just four in charge with Watford occupying a play-off spot.

New Hornets boss Xisco Munoz has won one of his opening three matches, including Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.

Pearson has warned Watford chiefs there needs to be more stability at Vicarage Road.

He added: “I went in there with Craig [Shakespeare] and it was exciting for me to be back in the Premier League.

“It was just a situation where we needed to try and turn our season around by being positive. The players were great.

“Personally, I think the Pozzo’s have had some success with their strategy, but I would have to say at some point for the staff and players in particular, they need some sort of consistency.

“When you try and galvanise a group of players sometimes you’ve got to come through difficult times to do that.

“The revolving door is not necessarily good for trying to create and build a positive culture because the players just expect another change when they go through a bad time.”


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