In the wake of Nigel Pearson’s Watford sacking, there has been plenty of speculation as to why the Hornets decided to part with the manager with just two games left of a heated relegation run-in.
Watford currently block Aston Villa’s path to Premier League safety, with the two sides separated by just three points ahead of clashes with Manchester City and Arsenal later today, with the Hornets now being led by caretaker manager Hayden Mullins.
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The sacking of Pearson came as a surprise, but current Watford player/coach Troy Deeney has moved to shut down talk of a physical fight between Watford players and Pearson.
“I just want to put out there, there was no fight at half-time,” the Watford captain told beIN SPORTS ( via Sky Sports News ).
“It’s 2020. We don’t do that anymore. You know, certainly with all the cameras and everything, you’d certainly see a lot more if that was the case.
“The gaffer didn’t put his hands on anybody. He was just frustrated and had a firm talking to, so no one was fighting, no one was punched, no one was even tickled. I don’t know, whatever way there was: no hands thrown, let’s just put it that way.”
Elsewhere, Dean Smith spoke out on Pearson’s departure.
“I was surprised as anybody,” Smith said.
“I’m disappointed for Nigel who is a really good guy – and Craig Shakespeare who is a really good friend of mine.
“I’m not going to comment too much as we’re in a battle with them and I don’t want to give Watford too much ammunition of anything I’ve said about it.”