Watford Reappoint Quique Sanchez Flores After Javi Gracia Sack

Watford have announced the return of Spaniard Quique Sanchez Flores as head coach after Javi Gracia was sacked following a poor start to the season.

The Premier League club announced the changes in two separate statements published within minutes of each other on social media on Saturday.

Flores was previously in charge of the club, who are currently bottom of the Premier League with one point after four matches, during the 2015-16 season, after which he was surprisingly sacked.

Gracia and Sanchez have Watford’s best managerial records in the Premier League – with an average of 1.18 points per game each.

Watford have become known in recent years for changing managers on a regular basis. Since Gianfranco Zola’s exit in December 2013, they have had nine managers including Flores twice.

In one spell between August and October 2014, they had four permanent bosses. Since then Slavisa Jokanovic lasted eight months, Flores and Walter Mazzarri one season each and Marco Silva about eight months.

Sanchez has managed Espanyol in La Liga and Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua since leaving Watford in 2016.