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Watford sack Javi Gracia and quickly appoint new manager

Watford have this evening confirmed the sacking of Javi Gracia and quickly appointed Quique Sanchez Flores as their new manager.

Sanchez was last in charge of the Hornets back in the 2015-16 campaign before leaving at the end of the season.

Gracia’s coaching staff have also departed with the club bottom of the Premier League table picking up just one point after four games.

The club statement read: Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Head Coach Javi Gracia.

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

Javi Gracia’s staff will also be leaving the club, ahead of the imminent appointment of a new coaching team.

Everyone at the Hornets wishes Javi and his staff all the very best for the future, and they will always be welcome visitors in the future at Vicarage Road.

Watford said on their website for their new manager: The 54-year-old returns to Vicarage Road, having guided Watford to a comfortable mid-table finish during the 2015/16 campaign – the club’s first season back in the Premier League.

He also led Watford to the semi-finals of the FA Cup during his year at the helm.

After leaving England, Sánchez Flores took Espanyol to an eighth-place finish in La Liga and also had a spell in China with Shanghai Shenhua.

In 2010, the former Spain international led Atlético Madrid to Europa League glory as well as the club’s first Copa del Rey final in more than 10 years, later lifting the UEFA Super Cup in a period of huge success at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.

Sánchez Flores has also coached Getafe and Valencia – achieving third and fourth-place La Liga finishes with the latter – as well as Portuguese side Benfica and United Arab Emirates outfits Al Ahli and Al Ain.


After finding out on Javi Gracia’s departure but also the incoming of Quique Sanchez Flores, fans took to give their reaction and majority are left laughing at the club – see those tweets on the next page.


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