After only three wins since Christmas, Premier League veteran Slaven Bilic was sacked from his job at Watford
Former West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic was sacked from his job at Watford after only six months in charge of the club. Bilic will be replaced by the former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder for the rest of the season.
Bilic’s dismissal was necessary, says Watford technical director
Wilder is Watford’s third permanent manager of the season after Rob Edwards got the sack in September, being in charge for only 10 games. Bilic then came to boos Watford’s chances of promotion but the Croatian only managed a 38% win ratio.
The Hornets had only won three of their games since Christmas and are currently sitting 10th in the Championship table, four points behind play-off places.
Ben Manga, Watford’s technical director, said a change of coach was “the only option available to re-energize for the final games ahead”.
Bilic’s replacement, Chris Wilder, previously managed Sheffield United from 2016 to 2021 bringing them back to the Premier League. He was managing Middlesborough earlier in the season and was sacked from his job, leaving them at the bottom of the table. They now sit third.
Wilder is experienced in the Championship which may give Watford the edge as they head into the run-in. his first game in charge will be away at home against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday