Watford FC have sacked manager Slaven Bilić six months after hiring him, the club has announced, and are in talks to bring in Chris Wilder until the end of the season.
Bilić was brought in after Rob Edwards was sacked earlier in the season, but has failed to lead the Hornets into the playoff positions.
Technical director Ben Manga said: “We are all ambitious to succeed this season, so something new is needed quickly while the opportunity of promotion is still real.
“With the January transfer window over, to change coach is the only option available to re-energise for the final games ahead.”
Bilić’s last result, an underwhelming goalless draw at home to Preston on Saturday, left them four points off of a play-off position in the Championship.
Following the game, Bilíc said that he was disappointed with the result, saying: “If we were in a more comfortable position higher up the table, or if it was earlier in the season, I might look at things differently, but we were looking to get back on the winning trail here and we didn’t.”
The former Croatian international has won 10 and drawn six of his 24 matches in charge of Watford, though his side has only won three times in 2023.
Former Sheffield United and Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder was sacked by Middlesbrough in October 2022 after the club ended up in the relegation zone, winning only two of their 11 league games.
Former Watford FC manager Rob Edwards, who currently manages the club’s rivals Luton Town, has lead his side to fifth in the league, six points ahead of Watford.
Edwards was sacked after only 11 games in charge of Watford, winning and losing three each, drawing the other six.