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Maurizio Pochettino has left Watford (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Watford have announced that they have released 27 players after the club was dropped from the Premier League.

The Hornets made an immediate return to the championship after a poor season, where they finished 19th on the table, 15 points from safety.

On Tuesday, the club issued a statement confirming that four first-team players would be leaving Vicarage Road, namely goalkeeper Ben Foster, centre-back Nicolas Nkolu, midfielder Juraj Kukka and striker Andre Grey.

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Ben Foster has played 207 times for Watford in two spells (Photo: Getty)

While this is hardly out of the ordinary, Watford also revealed that 19 U23 and four U18 players were also being shown the exit door, resulting in a total of 27 players going free over the summer.

Many of the names on the departure list will be unknown to many, with the notable exception of Maurizio Pochettino, son of Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio.

The 21-year-old had previously been part of the academies of Southampton and Tottenham while his father was managing there and the Spanish winger only moved to Watford last summer.

It is perhaps not surprising that so many players leave Vicarage Road, as the club has become notorious for its fun-loving style of hiring and firing, who in turn mixed with a variety of players suited to different players. Matching team is formed. play styles.

This past season alone, Watford went through three managers, Zisco Munoz, Claudio Ranieri and Roy Hodgson, who announced their departure and retirement soon after the club’s relegation was confirmed.

Rob Edwards has been appointed as the new head coach following his impressive exploits with Forest Green Rovers, where he guided the Green Army to the League Two title in 2022.

He will be given the task of reshaping the squad, now much smaller, and will be expected to return the Hornets to top-flight when they are first asked.

More players are expected to leave Watford during the summer, however, with star forwards Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr joining Premier League clubs such as Crystal Palace and Everton.

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