Mullins wants permanent Watford job


Interim head coach Hayden Mullins is making no secret of the fact he has his sights set on a permanent managerial position with the Hornets.

The 40-year-old is in temporary charge following the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores and oversaw the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City in midweek, with the result doing nothing to quell the under-23 boss’ spirits.

“I am really enjoying it”, said the former defensive midfielder, who racked up over 600 appearances across the top-flight and football league in a career that saw spells at Crystal Palace, Portsmouth and Birmingham City.

“If they came to me with an offer (of a full-time deal) then obviously I work for the football club, so I would love to step in and do the role.”

Watford are searching for their third manager of the season, with Javi Gracia also relieved of his duties in September following a woeful start to the campaign.

The appointment of Flores – brought back to Vicarage Road after a successful first reign in the 2015/16 season – did little to halt the slump as the Hertfordshire club are rock bottom of the Premier League with just eight points and a solitary win to their name.


Seasoned Premier League manager Sam Allardyce currently tops the list of likely successors.

The 65-year-old has never tasted relegation in a coaching career spanning nearly thirty years, but even he would have a job on his hands as the Hornets look set for the drop after four years with England’s elite.

Former Real Betis boss Quique Setien has also been touted as a possible replacement. The Spaniard – fancied earlier this year to step into the breach at Barcelona – has a wealth of coaching experience behind him in his native country, having also spent three months in the international game with Equatorial Guinea.

In the meantime, the Hornets are gearing up to face Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, who come into Saturday’s encounter following two straight wins.

With a trip to Anfield just around the corner, followed by the visit of a Manchester United side who are slowly coming back into form, Watford will have it all to do if they are to make ground on fellow strugglers Norwich, Everton and Southampton.