William Troost-Ekong’s Watford boss Vladimir Ivic has been sacked after four months of managing the club’s team.

The club confirmed Ivic’s sack in a statement.

“The Hornets thank Ivic and his staff for their efforts this season.

“We wish them well for future success elsewhere.”

The Hornets, who have won nine of their 20 Championship games this season under Ivic, are fifth in the table, four points off second-placed Bournemouth and nine off leaders Norwich.

The 43-year-old signed a one-year deal in August, succeeding Nigel Pearson who was sacked shortly before the club were relegated from the Premier League.

It means Watford are looking for a fifth manager in just over a year.

The Serb’s sacking came after his side were beaten 2-0 at mid-table Huddersfield Town on Saturday -just their second defeat in 11 games – a spell in which they have also had four draws.

Ivic rested club captain Troy Deeney for the match, despite scoring in Watford’s last three games.

Deeney was on the bench but Ivic said that he did not use him as a substitute, even when his side were losing, because of a “discipline issue”.