Watford sack Bilic after five months in charge, appoint Wilder until end of season

English Championship side Watford sacked manager Slaven Bilic on Tuesday after five months in charge and with the chances of promotion receding, appointing Chris Wilder as his replacement until the end of the season.

Bilic took over at Vicarage Road in September with the club 10th in the Championship.

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He and his coaching staff leave the former Premier League club in ninth place but four points off the playoff places and with just one win in their last eight league matches.

"We are all ambitious to succeed this season, so something new is needed quickly while the opportunity of promotion is still real," Watford technical director Ben Manga told the club website.

"With the January transfer window over, to change coach is the only option available to re-energise for the final games ahead."

Bilic previously managed West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League and is the 18th permanent Watford manager to lose his job since the Italian Pozzo family took over the club in 2012.

Wilder, 55, helped Sheffield United gain promotion from third-tier League One to the Championship and then finally to the Premier League in three years. He was most recently manager at Middlesbrough.