Watford appoint Vladimir Ivic as new head coach on two-year deal

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Watford have appointed Vladimir Ivic as their new head coach.

The 43-year-old former Serbia international has penned a two-year contract with the Hornets, talkSPORT sources understand.

Ivic will hope to guide Watford straight back to the Premier League

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Ivic will hope to guide Watford straight back to the Premier League

He moves to Vicarage Road after two successful years with Maccabi Tel Aviv, winning back-to-back Israeli Premier League titles and losing just seven of 81 matches in all competitions.

His only other managerial experience was with one of his clubs from his playing days, PAOK, winning the 2017 Greek Cup before making the move to Tel Aviv.

He now becomes Watford’s permanent successor to Nigel Pearson, who left the Hornets just days before the end of their 2019/20 Premier League campaign, which ended in relegation back to the Championship after five years in the top-flight.

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Ivic is the 12th permanent head coach employed by Watford in the eight years since the Pozzo family completed their takeover of the Hertfordshire club, and he is tasked with guiding them to an immediate return to the Premier League.

However, he is likely going to have to attempt this task without a host of senior Watford stars, with the likes of Ismaila Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu linked with Vicarage Road exits ahead of the start of the 2020/21 Championship season.

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