Former Championship star Sam Parkin has claimed that Watford need to stick with Valerien Ismael as their manager despite their recent downturn in results as they are in transition.


Watford crashed out of the FA Cup earlier this week after they lost 3-0 to Southampton at St. Mary’s.


Their league form has also nosedived and they have won just one of their last five Championship games.




Watford are sitting eleventh in the Championship standings and Parkin does not believe that they are going to be any greater in the latter half of the season.


However, he stressed that Ismael needs to be supported and stuck with as he has done a lot on the pitch to get the fans on board again and pointed out that he was not given funds to strengthen the squad in the winter window as well.



Parkin said on the What The EFL Podcast: “I just think Valerien Ismael has done a pretty good job in kind of stabilising the on-field business, taking the supporters on board but yes, it’s a difficult spell.


“I think they are in a bit of a transitional period.



“I am not entirely sure that they are going to have a brilliant second half of the season but they need to stick with the manager and he probably needs to be backed.


“They didn’t make any signings in the window.”


Watford have another tough game lined up on Saturday when they will host Championship leaders Leicester City at Vicarage Road.