Watford have sacked manager Quique Sanchez Flores barely three months into his second spell as the club’s head coach.
Flores who guided The Hornets in the 2015-16 season was reappointed a few games into the 2019/2020 season, to see an upturn in fortunes at Vicarage Road replacing Javi Garcia.
The Spaniard has failed to live up to the expectations, and Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Southampton prompting the club’s hierarchy crunch meeting to decide his future, which has now ended in tears.
“With regret, Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Head Coach Quique Sánchez Flores.
“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.
Watford lie bottom of the standings, with eight points to their name from fourteen matches- their worst ever return after game week 14.
After the eighth defeat of the season, which came at St Mary’s on Saturday, Flores admitted he was feeling the weight directly on his shoulders.
“I suffer for the fans, I suffer for the players and I suffer for the owner. It’s a difficult time for our fans after we had the feeling we were in the right way,” he said.
Watford have only won against Norwich since Flores took over. They have lost to Wolves, Chelsea, Burnley and 8-0 to Manchester City. Everton also knocked them out of the Carabao Cup in the fourth round.
“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. No further comment from Watford FC will be made until a new Head Coach is announced,” the statement read.
Chris Hughton who was relieved of his duties by Brighton at the end of last season is tipped to take over from the Spaniard.