Betting: Ranieri early favourite to replace Mazzarri at Watford

The Hornets have confirmed the former Napoli boss will step down after Sunday's clash but could it be another Italian replacing him at Vicarage Road?

There has been something of a revolving door feel about managerial appointments at Watford in recent season.

Walter Mazzarri is the latest boss to be axed at Vicarage Road, just one year into a three-year contract, and it's a familiar name at the top of the betting to replace him.

Claudio Ranieri is a 4/1 (5.0) shot with Paddy Power to make a return to the Premier League in charge of the Hornets after leading Leicester City to the title last term.

Walter Mazzarri

The Pozzo family had previously appointed Gianfranco Zola and Giuseppe Sannino since arriving at the club, so another Italian would be of little surprise and the 65-year-old has obvious claims given what he achieved at the King Power Stadium.

Former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is meanwhile rated as a 7/1 (8.0) chance with the same firm but one name who has already been popular is current Hull boss Marco Silva.

Although he ultimately failed to keep the Tigers in the top flight, the 39-year-old has drawn plenty of plaudits for the job he has done at the KCOM Stadium in recent months. Now that relegation has been confirmed for Hull, Silva will surely be one of the hottest managerial properties this summer and it's 8/1 (9.0) that he remains in the division by making the switch to Vicarage Road.

Garry Monk has Premier League experience from his time at Swansea City and he's 9/1 (10.0) to take over despite failing to get Leeds United into the Championship play-offs this season.

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Nigel Pearson saw his Leicester City side beaten by Watford in dramatic circumstances in the 2013 play-offs and he too is 9/1 (10.0) to take up the vacant post, albeit the 53-year-old has been linked with the Middlesbrough job too.

High profile Italian managers don't come much bigger than Roberto Mancini. It's 14/1 (15.0) that the former Manchester City boss makes a dramatic return to English football.

Ultimately, this is a tricky looking job. No fewer than eight managers have come and gone since the Pozzo family took over, including some very left-field candidates, but the early prices suggest that an experienced Premier League boss could be top of the shortlist this summer.

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