Nigel Pearson has been sacked by Watford with just two matches left of the Premier League season.

It is understood Vicarage Road chiefs have decided to part ways the 56-year-old in a bold bid to remain in the Premier League.

It is believed Hayden Mullins and Graham Stack will take charge of the first-team for the final two matches of the season.

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Mullins has been in charge of Watford’s Under-23s this term, while Stack is the head of academy goalkeeping at the club.

The Hornets still run the risk of relegation this season, sitting just three points above the drop zone after 36 matches played.

Last time out, the Hertfordshire club were comfortably defeated by West Ham in a 3-1 loss at the London Stadium.

Michail Antonio and Tomas Soucek got David Moyes’ side off to a flyer before Declan Rice found the net shortly before the break.

And with Watford facing Manchester City and Arsenal in their remaining fixtures, the club’s hierarchy have sacked Pearson in the hope of an upturn in form.

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Pearson took over from Quique Sanchez Flores, who lasted just three months, and became Watford’s third manager of the season after the September dismissal of Javi Gracia.

He was appointed in December, when the Hornets were bottom of the table, and won seven of his 23 games.

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