Watford have confirmed the appointment of Vladimir Ivic as their new head coach.

43-years-old Ivic signed a one year contract with an option of additional year to replace Nigel Pearson who was sacked two games before the end of the season.

Watford were relegated from Premier League after losing to Arsenal in the final match with former player Hayden Mullins in caretaker charge.

This ended their five-year run in the Premier League and they are now relegated to the Championship.

“It’s my first time in England and I need to adapt as fast as possible, to do the best for the club is very important to me,” said Ivic, who represented Serbia and Montenegro at international level as a player.

“I’ve worked with my coaching staff for three years, so I know that we will ask the most from ourselves so we can help the players to achieve the club’s goals,” Ivic said.

Ivic is Watford’s fourth full-time boss in less than 12 months as former bosses Javi Gracia, Quique Sanchez FloresĀ and Nigel Pearson were all sacked.

He became a free agent following his departure from Maccabi Tel-Aviv where he led the club to two consecutive league titles in Israel.

Ivic also managed Greek club PAOK, with whom he won a domestic cup.