Watford sack Gracia four games into season, reappoint Flores

Ross Houston
September 10, 2019

Sanchez Flores returns to Vicarage Road having lead the club to a midtable finish during the 2015-16 Premier League season, as well as reaching the semifinal of the FA Cup.

His return was deemed necessary as the Hornets have managed to score just two goals in the current campaign and have not won in eight league matches - scoring just five times in that period - stretching back to April.

Watford have sacked head coach Javi Gracia four games into the new Premier League season.

Chairman Scott Duxbury said: "Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements".

The Hornets lost their opening day game to Brighton by 3-0 in front of their home fans at Vicarage Road.

Watford have had 10 bosses since Malky Mackay's departure in June 2011, with Walter Mazzarri and Marco Silva among their recent coaches.

Gracia was well aware aware that his job was under threat following a terrible run of results that date back to the end of the last season.

Since leaving the Hornets, he has had spells at Espanyol and Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

He led the team to an FA semi-final and a comfortable mid-table position in their first season back in the top-flight after promotion.

"Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Head Coach Javi Gracia", the club signalled on their official website . They will not want to risk that hard-won status.

Watford also had the option to extend the deal by a further three years.

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