Watford have confirmed that manager Quique Sanchez Flores will leave his position at the end of the season.
Sportsmail revealed last month that the 51-year-old was in a danger of the axe with the club’s board, including owner Gino Pozzo, looking at the possibility of an alternative European manager to take the side forward.
Flores’ future at Vicarage Road had been thrown into doubt, despite him overseeing a season in which his newly-promoted side comfortably avoided the drop and reached an FA Cup semi-final.
The Premier League made the announcement on Friday ahead of their final match of the season where they host Sunderland.
A statement, released on the club’s website, said: ‘Watford can confirm that Quique Sanchez Flores will leave Vicarage Road at the end of the season following the Sunderland game this weekend.
‘We would like to thank Quique. He and the team achieved the target set them at the start of the season of staying in the Premier League for a second year.
‘Quique leaves with all our best wishes for the future and the knowledge he is always welcome at Vicarage Road.’
Walter Mazzarri, a vastly experienced coach who has worked at Inter Milan, Napoli and Sampdoria in recent years, has been linked with the role this month.
He took English lessons last year after being proposed for managerial roles with Swansea, Liverpool and Sunderland and has been earmarked by Watford’s Italian owners the Pozzo family as they look to improve on a disappointing finish to the season.
The Spaniard arrived at the club last summer ahead of their Premier League season and has safely secured their position in the top-flight.
Watford were one of the standout performers in the opening half of the season and were pushing for a Europa League spot.
But their form has stuttered since the turn of the year and they have the fourth-worst Premier League form in 2016.
They’ve managed just four wins in 18 matches and despite leading them to an FA semi-final, owner Gino Pozzo has decided to replace the manager this summer.