Quique Sanchez Flores has been sacked by Watford after he failed to avoid defeat against fellow relegation-candidates Southampton (2-1) yesterday. The 54-year-old won only one out of ten league games during his time at Vicarage Road.
“With regret, Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Quique Sánchez Flores,” read a statement from the club.
“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.”
Chris Hughton is the favorite to replace Flores
Former Brighton coach Chris Hughton is considered to be highly likely to receive the job. The 60-year old rejected an offer from Cardiff, who is 10th in Championship, earlier in the season. During his managerial career, Hughton has managed Newcastle, Norwich, Brighton, and Birmingham.
Watford will certainly be hoping that he can bring stability to the team and turn their fortunes. Watford had to release Javi Gracia due to the poor start to the season, but replacement Quique Sanchez Flores, who had previously managed the team in 2015/16, failed to lift the team.
The Hornets are still sitting at the bottom of the EPL with 8 modest points to their name. They have won just one game from the beginning of the season and are six points below the safety zone.