Gracia Surprised By Watford Dismissal

  • Gracia Surprised By Watford Dismissal

Gracia Surprised By Watford Dismissal

LONDON, Sept 8 ― "Quique Sanchez Flores has returned to the Watford bench after Javi Gracia was sacked just four games into the season, the Premier League team announced yesterday".

He was replaced by fellow Spaniard Quique Sanchez Flores. Owner Gino Pozzo spends a lot of time at the club's training ground, where he has an office, and is constantly monitoring performance. However, they lost 6-0 to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. Gracia had been in charge since 2018 and was the first Watford manager to last more than one season since Gianfranco Zola was boss in the Championship.

Watford felt that a poor Newcastle side should have been defeated and, while Gracia had changed the team, he had not done enough.

Watford face Arsenal at home after the global break, before travelling to Manchester City and Wolves.

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. "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". He remains respected and liked, and the decision to remove him was not taken lightly.

Because Watford sacked Flores originally by relying on that clause. Indeed, there is a feeling at the club that they have actually underperformed in the league for some time given the strength of their squad and should be solidly in the top 10.

Gracia was axed on Saturday with Watford rooted to the bottom of the table after picking up just one point from their first four league games.