- Watford will have to pay £1m to former head coach Nigel Pearson if they stay up
- The Englishman was sacked last week following a row with owner Gino Pozzo
- Pearson lifted the club out of the drop-zone after sitting 20th
- However, they are in danger again and must better Aston Villa’s result on Sunday
- The Hornets face rivals Arsenal in their 38th game after a roller-coaster season
A huge payday for sacked Watford boss Nigel Pearson has been added to the huge list of factors riding on the Hornet’s final-day clash with Arsenal.
The 56-year-old’s sacking stunned the Premier League on Sunday as Sportsmail revealed Pearson’s dismissal followed an explosive row with Watford owner Gino Pozzo – who has sacked 10 managers in six years.
The disagreement came after the Hertfordshire side’s costly 3-1 collapse at West Ham before a 4-0 defeat to Manchester City plunged them into the bottom three with only one game to go.
The Arsenal clash will be U23 boss Mullins’ fourth match as caretaker boss this season after taking charge of two games before Pearson’s appointment.
Pearson was lauded for his rapid turnaround at Watford, winning four of his first six league games in charge and later ending Liverpool’s 100 per cent record this season with an incredible 3-0 win.