Watford Sack Sanchez Flores After Three Months In Charge

 

Watford sacked their second manager of the season on Sunday with Quique Sanchez Flores leaving the club bottom of the Premier League table.

The Spaniard managed just one win in 10 league games in charge during his second spell at Vicarage Road after replacing Javi Gracia in September.

“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,” said Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury.

“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.”

Defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday left Watford six points from safety with just eight points from their opening 14 games of the season.

Sanchez Flores returned to Watford just three months ago having also taken charge for the 2015/16 season when the Hornets finished 13th in the Premier League and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

However, he was unable to recreate that success with his only league victory coming at Norwich last month.

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 Returns To Watford After Gracia Sacked

Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores of Shanghai Greenland Shenhua shouts instructions to his players as they compete against Chongqing SWM in their 12th round match during the 2019 Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) in Shanghai, China, 1 June 2019. AFP

 

Quique Sanchez Flores has returned to the Watfordbench after Javi Gracia was sacked just four games into the season, the Premier League team announced on Saturday.

“Watford FC announces the appointment of Quique Sanchez Flores as the club’s new Head Coach,” the club said in a statement

Sanchez Flores previously took charge of Watford in the 2015-16 season as the Hornets finished 13th in the Premier League and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Dumped Gracia meanwhile had been a popular figure at Vicarage Road — guiding the club to 11th in the Premier League and a first FA Cup final for 35 years last season.

However, his team were blown away 6-0 by Manchester City at the Wembley final, and the 32-year-old has paid the price for picking up just one point from the first four league games of the new campaign.

“Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements,” said Watford Chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury.

AFP

Ighalo Named Player Of The Month For December

ighaloSuper Eagles and Watford striker, Odion Ighalo, has been named the English Premier League Player of the Month for December.

Ighalo scored five goals in the month, including two in the Vicarage Road win over Liverpool, to take his tally for the season to 13, tied for third in the league behind Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy.

His coach, Quique Sanchez Flores, has also been named the EPL Coach of the Month for December.

The Hornets won their first three games in the month to climb the table and only lost their unbeaten record just after Christmas when they were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham.

Ighalo Not For Sale Under Any Circumstance

ighaloPremier League club, Watford, insists Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, is not for sale “under any circumstances”.

Ighalo finished 2015 as the leading goalscorer in English league football after netting 30 goals in the past 12 months.

The Nigerian’s fine form in front of goal, which includes 14 goals in his debut Premier League campaign, has alerted Premier League big guns and more notably Spanish giants, Atletico Madrid.

Hornets boss, Quique Sánchez Flores believes Ighalo, who is on a five year contract, will stay until the end of the season.