Watford sack manager Sanchez Flores


Quique Sanchez Flores has been sacked by Watford after just three months in charge, following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton.

The Hornets did go 1-0 up in their bottom-of-the-table showdown at St Mary’s in the first half, thanks to a strike from club record signing Ismaila Sarr.

However, they were unable to hold for victory as late goals from Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse rescued Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton and left Watford marooned at the bottom of the table.

They are now six points adrift of safety after 13 games of the season and are looking for their third manager of the season, following Javi Gracia’s departure in September.

Sanchez Flores only lasted in the job for 85 days.

“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 Hornets’ Chairman & 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.”

It is the second time the Spaniard has been let go by Watford after he managed them in the 2015-16 season.

Despite guiding them to 13th in the Premier League table in their first top flight campaign since 2007, Sanchez Flores was dismissed by the club at the end of the season.

However, the Hertfordshire club looked to him to guide them out of trouble after Gracia only managed to get one point from the first four games.

The 54-year-old only won one of his ten matches in charge during his second spell though – a 2-0 win away at Norwich in November.

He has had to contend with injuries to star players such as Troy Deeney who has been out for most of the campaign with a knee injury.

However, the Hornets have decided to look down a new avenue and say the appointment of a new head coach is “imminent”.