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Watford next manager odds

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Watford next manager after Vladimir Ivić

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Who is the Watford manager?

Vladmir Ivic was born in Yugosalvia on the 7th of May 1977. He started playing professionally in the 1994-95 season for Proleter Zrenjanin and after 4 years, 67 appearances and 7 goals scored as an attacking midfielder, he transferred to Partizan where he immediately became a club hero. In the coming seasons, he made 133 league starts and he scored a huge 64 goals. However, after a superb 6-year stint at Partizan, this was about has high as his career got.

Ivic moved on to play for German supergiant, Borussia Monchengladbach, but only for one season and he hardly featured in the 1st team, he was a fringe player. Frustrated with a lack of playing time, he pursued a transfer to Greek side Athens and had a highly successful couple of seasons, but Athens did unfortunately finish only second to Olympiacos in both of these campaigns. Half-way through the 3rd season in Athens, Ivic signed for fellow Greek Super League side, Aris Thessaloniki. He spent only one year there before he transferred to crosstown rivals PAOK. In his 1st season with the club, he finished once again second behind Olympiakos and in the second season they worsened, only finishing in 3rd. The next season, was the worst and the most frustrating out of the lot as they finished 4th. He then retired from his playing career the following season in 2012.

In June of 2013, he started managing the PAOK under 20’s team. In his 1st season, he led the youth team to victory in the league and after another 2 consecutive title victories, he was appointed as the manager of the 1st team in 2016. Coming into the job, PAOK had finished in 4th place in the Greek Super League and he was desperate to make a change. A much-improved season happened in his 1st full season as manager of the club as they finished just 6 points behind Olympiakos and so Ivic was rewarded with a longer-term deal. In the 2017-18 season, Olympiakos were dethroned from their title, but from Athens rather than PAOK as they once again finished 6 points behind the champions.

This disappointment caused Ivic to move on to a new chapter in his managerial career. He joined Maccabi Tel Aviv, an huge team in Israel. He won the league unbeaten in his 1st season, a miraculous achievement as they won 20 games, drew 6 and lost 0, finishing 20 points ahead of second place Maccabi Haifa. In the 2019-20 season, they once again went unbeaten, making Ivic one of the most successful managers to ever embrace the Israelian Premier League. This opened up a huge range of opportunities for the 43-year-old. English Championship club Watford who had recently been relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the previous season from the Premier League offered Ivic the job and he accepted on the 15th of August 2020 with a one-year deal and an option of a further year in the contract. Ivic so far in his managerial career has a win % of 71 which is a huge number relatively unheard of. This will be the toughest job of his career so far as the side he has now endured is struck with injuries and has an all-time low morale.