Watford have sacked managerJavi Gracia just four games into the new Premier League season.
The Spaniard joined the Hornets in January 2018 and led the club to their first FA Cup final since 1984 last season. ‘Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements,’ said chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury.
The Hornets also confirmed Gracia’s coaching staff would leave the club and almost immediately installed Quique Sanchez Flores as his successor. Despite last season’s run to Wembley, Watford have won just one of their last 10 league games and lost their first three games of the new campaign.
A Will Hughes goal helped Gracia’s now former team secure their first point of the season following a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at St James’ Park before the international break but it wasn’t enough to keep the 49-year-old in his job.
Sanches Flores, who was in charge at Vicarage Road during the 2015-16 season, faces a baptism of fire given Watford entertain Arsenal next weekend before a daunting trip to the Etihad.
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