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Published: 17:29 | 19/5/17

Departing Mazzarri thanks Watford players


Walter Mazzarri has thanked his Watford players as he prepares to bid farewell to the club after just a year in charge.

Mazzarri will leave the club after Sunday's Premier League against Manchester City and he delivered a prepared statement as he spoke to the press at his final pre-match press conference.

The Italian was appointed as successor to Quique Sanchez-Flores last summer and he went on to win 11 of his 37 games in charge of the Hornets. Speaking to reporters he thanked his players for all their hard work during the course of the season.

"First before answering any questions I'd like to make some statements," he said.

"Since Sunday will be the last game of the season, I would like to thank all the main people involved in this season. These are the players and the fans.

"For me of course the main characters of this season have been the players. The fact that we managed to get to this magic 40-point mark which was the main objective of the season when there were six games left.

"Thanks to our team and our players because they have always given 200 per cent. Giving more, going further and pushing their limits, even though it hasn't been an easy season because we had a lot of injuries and a decimated squad.

"The fans have always helped us give more than we thought we could, so they have been very important.

"And also another thing I want to make clear, and think this season it hasn't been made clear enough: the role of the manager. The message is that as the manager I'm the first fan of this team and also responsible for them.

"But then the players are the main characters; they go and thank the fans which is also from my side. I am the responsible person, I'm behind it, but the players are the main characters

"The fans have always been extraordinary with us. Their fantastic passion for the whole season has been unique and we've never been alone with them. I want to thank them in the most sincere way.

"I would really like for all of them to read what I have written in the programme because those are my sincere feelings and real emotions, they are what I felt throughout the season.

"I would also would like to thank three great people of English football - Alan Shearer, John Barnes and Frank Lampard. Three important and well known people and they have always spoken very well about our season.

"These were the most important things. I hope I haven't forgotten anything." 

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