Gracia: Watford axe 'unexpected' after best year

Javia Gracia surprised by 'unexpected' Watford sacking

Quique Sanchez Flores back in but he was sacked by Watford not so long back? Football is bonkers, Sutton tweeted.

Since leaving Watford in 2016, Sánchez Flores has managed Espanyol in Spain and Shanghai Shenhua in China.

Owner Gino Pozzo spends a lot of time at the training ground and constantly monitors performance.

He led the club to its best top-flight finish for 35 years last season as well as guiding Watford to the FA Cup final, but the team haven't won since April and have only collected a single point so far this term.

Watford lost their first three games and then managed a draw last time out at Newcastle but they are bottom of the table and, heading into the worldwide break, the pressure was building on Gracia.

Watford have a history of changing their managers with regularity. With Arsenal at home next Sunday followed by away trips to Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Watford, who are bottom, feared they were in danger of being marooned in the bottom three.

Members of the club's top brass often visit the club's headquarters, but there is said to have been an unease about their current plight from chiefs in recent weeks culminating in Gracia's exit.

"I will always wish the fans and these players the best".

That will be the target given to Sanchez Flores, whose return is fascinating not least because, like Gracia, he was popular but was let go because it was felt the team had slipped under him in the second half of the 2015-16 season.

And Gracia's sacking was virtually assured on Thursday when talks between leading members of the club's hierarchy was called to take place on Saturday morning with a view to calling time on the 49-year-old's tenure at Vicarage Road.

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