Sanchez Flores retains survival belief

Quique Sanchez Flores admits Watford will have to work hard to avoid the threat of relegation after their goalless draw against Bournemouth at Vicarage Road.

Quique Sanchez Flores remains convinced he can turn Watford’s fortunes around and lead them to safety.

Sanchez Flores returned to the club for a second stint in charge in September following the sacking of Javi Gracia.

Gracia departed with the Hornets rock bottom of the table with one point from 12 games. Sanchez Flores led Watford to a comeback 2-2 draw with Arsenal in his first game in charge but since then they have managed just one win, against Norwich earlier this month, and are still at the bottom of the standings.

It had been suggested the club were considering another change in manager but those claims have been branded ‘wide of the mark’ by the Watford Observer. That could change quickly though and Sanchesz Flores is aware he is under pressure, but he is confident he can oversee a big improvement.

“It is true I am under pressure, pressure is normal and is all part of our profession,” Sanchez Flores told reporters. “We have the pressure and responsibility and if you want to enjoy it then you have to accept that.

“I don’t know any different way.”

“When I came here I knew we had to suffer but it is part of the plan and you have to suffer first if you want to go to a different level.”

Watford have a chance to move off the bottom when they head to Southampton for the late kick-off on Saturday as the Saints are just one point and one place above them.

Sanchez Flores has received a boost as Roberto Pereyra should be available after returning to training, having missed the defeat to Burnley last time out with a hamstring problem. Troy Deeney is also pushing for his first start since August after featuring as a substitute against the Clarets.