The former Napoli boss believes that he was not given the support he required to help the Vicarage Road side match his expectation levels
Walter Mazzarri has fired a parting shot at Watford ahead of his impending exit, saying they could not match the ambition or mentality of his previous clubs.
The former Napoli and Inter boss will leave Vicarage Road just one season into his three-year contract after Sunday’s Premier League match at home to Manchester City.
Mazzarri’s exit was announced by Watford on Wednesday after a board meeting to discuss “the club’s future goals and aspirations”.
Explaining his departure, the 55-year-old insisted he has enjoyed his spell in England despite some frustrations which led to the end of his reign.
“It has been a great experience, I am very happy to have lived it,” Mazzarri said to marcadorint. “It has been interesting to see English football from within.
“This club does not have the same ambitions, the same mentality, as the previous clubs in which I have been.
“I tried to instil a winning mentality here, but between the injuries and the difficulties that have come at the end of the season, it has not been possible.
“Football is universal. If a coach prepares his tactics, the physical fitness and other aspects, then he can do well in Spain, Italy or England.
“The ideal situation is to have a tactical project that excites you and the club buys the necessary players to fit your ideas.
“Unfortunately, this can only be done by the big clubs, as the majority don’t have the capital to do that. So you have to adapt to what you have got.
“Anyway, I am happy to have accomplished another objective of my career and to have done it in a Premier League with so many strong teams.”
43 – The maximum points that Watford can win this season is 43; fewer than in 2015-16 under Quique Sanchez Flores (45). Regression. pic.twitter.com/upJDfMtjZZ