Hayden Mullins focusing solely on keeping Watford up and not succeeding Nigel Pearson as permanent boss

Watford interim head coach Hayden Mullins is fully focused on keeping the club in the Premier League and not landing the job full time.

On Monday, Mullins was placed in charge for Watford’s final two games of the season after head coach Nigel Pearson was sacked.

Pearson took charge of Watford in December and led the Hornets from the bottom of the table to three points from safety with two games to go.

The former Leicester City boss has been given his marching orders, though, and now Mullins must finish the job.

And the ex-West Ham midfielder, who was also caretaker earlier this season when Quique Sanchez Flores was sacked, is fully focused on keeping Watford in the Premier League and not landing the Watford job permanently.

“I think I said before in December, when I had the caretaker role, I work for the club,” said Hayden Mullins, whose Watford side face Manchester City on Tuesday.

“And at the moment I recognise where we are and what the situation is, and what we need and how we need to focus.

“I think that’s my focus at the moment. My focus is definitely on the game on Tuesday. My focus today is definitely on preparing the team. Anything more long term I haven’t thought about.

“The club have the reasons for the decision [to sack Pearson]. I have been asked to step in and be caretaker in these next two games. That is what I will try and do.

“For me, where I am in my coaching career, I have been with this group now since December.

“I feel like we know how they work. In terms of any other decisions I think you’ll have to speak to the club about that.

“Me personally, I have just got a job to do and I will just have to try carry out that as well as I can.

“My main focus is focusing these boys for the next two games. That’s how it has got to be.”

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