Watford failed to ease their relegation fears in the wake of Nigel Pearson ’s surprise sacking as they were hammered by a Raheem Sterling-inspired Manchester City.
Pearson became the Hornets’ third managerial casualty of the campaign on Monday, leaving Under- 23 coach Hayden Mullins and his assistant Graham Stack in charge for their final two games.
And they could hardly have had a tougher first assignment than against City, who completed the double over them with this win, at an aggregate score of 12 -0 – a joint Premier League record for one team against another in a single season.
Sterling took the game away from the home side before half- time, firing in a rising shot to open the scoring before doubling the advantage by following up his own saved penalty – awarded for a foul on him by Will Hughes.
Phil Foden added a third after Ben Foster had parried a Sterling shot before Aymeric Laporte nodded in from Kevin de Bruyne’s free -kick.