Watford boss Walter Mazzarri has pointed to his side’s convincing 2-0 win over West Brom on Tuesday as evidence he is not at risk of being sacked.
M’Baye Niang and Troy Deeney were both on target at Vicarage Road as the Hornets held on for victory.
Avoiding the drop, and comfortably, may still not be enough to save Mazzarri, however, with reports suggesting the Watford hierarchy are unhappy with both the Italian’s style of play and lack of fluent English.
‘The newspapers say many things. They also said Deeney is signing for West Bromwich and then he wouldn’t have played today,’ Mazzarri said.
‘The newspapers can write stories or whatever they want. They are free to do that. I said it before, I speak only about hard work and things on the pitch and in training.
‘The rest, whatever they invent I don’t care. I want to underline that for me the first 30 minutes is the best game we have played.
‘It means after seven months it gives me great satisfaction to see that my team play this football with young players.’