Flores couldn’t resist Watford call


Quique Sanchez Flores admits he could not turn down the chance to return to Watford and is relishing the challenge of turning things around.

The 54-year-old is now back at the Hornets helm having replaced the sacked Javi Gracia and will hope for a longer stint than his first spell in Hertfordshire.

The Spanish tactician spent just 11 months in the Watford dugout between June 2015 and May 2016, winning 16 of his 44 games in charge before being jettisoned.

Following a spell in the dugout of Espanyol, Flores moved to the Far East to take charge of Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua but left in July this year.

He was looking forward to some time away from the sport in Spain but confessed that it was a no-brainer once the phone rang.

“I was in Madrid,” he told the club’s website. “I’d just arrived from an experience really far away and I was thinking to watch football and rest and take time for my kids.

“It was impossible to say no. I was in my house and received a call and I was really interested to know what Watford need and if I was able to do something for them.”

The much-travelled coach inherits a team sitting rock bottom of the Premier League table with just a solitary point to their name courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United last time out.

A 3-0 defeat to Brighton and a 3-1 loss to West Ham, both at Vicarage Road, saw the team come under fire from their fans, although there were some better signs in the 1-0 reverse at Everton.

Despite his side’s plight, the former Spain right-back is undaunted and wants everyone connected with the club to pull together to get the right results.

Arsenal are the visitors to Vicarage Road on Sunday before Sanchez takes his men to the Etihad Stadium to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City six days later.