Watford sack head coach Quique Sanchez Flores after 85 days in charge

Quique Sanchez Flores has been fired as Watford head Coach, just 85 days after he was re-appointed for a second spell by the Premier League club.

Quique Sanchez Flores is now the third manager to depart the Premier League in the last month after Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino were sacked by Arsenal and Tottenham.

The Spanish football manager and former player who replaced countryman Javi Gracia after four games of the league season, won just one of his 10 Premier League matches.

The decision to sack came after Watford suffered their eighth league defeat in a 2-1 loss against Southampton on Saturday, which saw them remain bottom of the table on eight points from their opening 14 games of the season.

A run of six defeats in 12 games in all competitions also included an 8-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City.

Sanchez Flores was previously in charge at Watford between June 2015 and May 2016, during which he guided the club to an FA Cup semi-final.

Former Brighton and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is a strong contender for the Watford job, with the club hopeful of appointing their new head coach in the next 24 hours

In a statement posted to the club’s website this afternoon, Watford chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury said: ‘Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision’

‘The appointment of a new Head Coach is imminent, and with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.’



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