Watford have wasted no time in replacing the outgoing Javi Gracia as head coach, as they have confirmed the appointment of Quique Sanchez Flores. "Watford FC announces the appointment of Quique Sánchez Flores as the club’s new Head Coach.
"The 54-year-old returns to Vicarage Road, having guided Watford to a comfortable mid-table finish during the 2015/16 campaign – the club’s first season back in the Premier League.
"He also led Watford to the semi-finals of the FA Cup during his year at the helm." The announcement came just 30 or so minutes after the confirmation of the departure of head coach Javi Gracia.
Sanchez Flores will take charge of his first game back in charge of the Hornets when they Arsenal on Sunday 15th September.
Watford will sack Quique Sanchez Flores as their head coach later today.
Telegraph Sport exclusively revealed last Tuesday that Sanchez Flores was on the brink of losing his job after overseeing just one Premier League win since returning to the club in September after Watford dropped back into the bottom three.
The Spaniard, who is aware of his fate, is expected to meet with the club’s hierarchy at the training ground on Sunday morning following the 2-1 defeat on Saturday evening away to Southampton. Less than 90 days after his return it is understood Sanchez Flores has already taken charge of his last game at Watford.
That result left Watford – who had led after a first Premier League goal by £40 million record signing Ismaila Sarr – bottom of the table and six points from safety having played a game more than 17th placed Everton and 16th placed Aston Villa
Sanchez Flores was reappointed on a two-year deal to succeed Javi Gracia, who was sacked after 20 months as head coach after a surprisingly poor start to the season, but has failed to get the response Watford need to turn the situation around. He has overseen just 10 league games - with his team scoring just seven league goals - and is due to be relieved of his duties when he meets with owner Gino Pozzo.
It means Watford will – again – be searching for a new head coach although the club tend to always have a successor lined up when they come to make a change. Quique Flores’ return was announced within minutes of Gracia being sacked and it would be a surprise if Watford do not make another swift announcement.
Quique Sanchez Flores has been sacked by Watford, just 85 days after he was re-appointed for a second spell in charge of the Premier League club. The Spaniard, who replaced countryman Javi Gracia after four games of the league season, won just one of his 10 Premier League matches.
Watford suffered their eighth league defeat in a 2-1 loss against fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday, which saw them remain bottom of the table on eight points and six adrift of safety.
The decision was taken after Sanchez Flores met with chief executive and chairman Scott Duxbury along with owner Gino Pozzo on Sunday, with the appointment of a successor described as “imminent”.