Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has hit out at Watford’s pending decision to part ways with Nigel Pearson and his coaching team in a series of tweets.
Pearson’s win ratio held him in good stead amongst his forebears in the Vicarage Road role, but with two games to go, he has been reportedly removed from his role at the club alongside assistant Craig Shakespeare.
The former Leicester City duo will now be seeking new roles, while Watford will allow U23 manager Hayden Mullins to steer the club to safety against Manchester City and Arsenal.
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Collymore wasn’t too please in his analysis of the sacking, and the former Villa man has unloaded on Watford’s decision, taking umbrage with the opinion that Pearson’s personality didn’t work with both the Hornets squad and hierarchy.
“Absolutely ******* embarrassing from Watford. A simpleton solution made with a simpleton economic calculation in mind,” said Collymore on Twitter.
“If we can get anyone, anyone to massage these ******* egos for 2 games and stay up, it’ll pay for all the managers we’ve sacked so far.
“Watford had a great opportunity for great work behind the scenes over years bear fruit, starting with a Cup Final. Ever since they’ve panicked big time, lost their nerve and look like amateurs. All because they’re all high on Premier League £ instead of sticking with the plan.”
“Rank idiocy. ‘something must have gone on with Pearson that we don’t know’, absolute ********,” added Collymore.
“How many times have Watford got away with sacking managers at bizarre times and they’ve got away with it? This is just a desperate throw of the ‘please God, someone inspire these guys for 2 games.'”
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The former Liverpool forward then held up experienced coach and Pearson’s second-in-command Craig Shakespeare as evidence of Pearson’s character, stating that the Great Barr-born coach would not work with Pearson if his personality was in question.
“Craig Shakespeare is one of the most respected men in the sport and he wouldn’t follow any manager, anywhere, if they were a wrongun.
“Even if you don’t like Pearson, if the players can’t work with Shaky, then there’s a major problem in the Watford dressing room.”
Villa will certainly hope that the prophecy at the end of Collymore’s claims comes true as it will hand Dean Smith’s side a decent chance of survival.
With two games to go, Villa can leapfrog Watford by winning their next two games to finish the season on 37 points, while Watford’s outlook looks bleak – for now.