Watford fired head coach Javi Gracia amid fears Spaniard had 'gone flat'

Paola Ditto
Settembre 11, 2019

"Watford sacking of Javi Gracia is a disgrace".

Sportsmail revealed on August 31 that Gracia's position as Watford boss was in serious threat following a poor start to the season - and news of his departure was confirmed on Saturday afternoon with former boss Quique Sanchez Flores installed as his replacement.

Watford terminated Gracia's contract on Saturday after the Hornets claimed just one point from their first four games of the Premier League season. Owner Gino Pozzo spends a lot of time at the club's training ground, where he has an office, and is constantly monitoring performance.

Last year, Gracia led Watford to 11th and reached the FA Cup final.

Hasselbaink was sacked in April 2018 and Austin took on the role of caretaker manager before earning the full-time job in the summer, although he lasted only 10 league games of the following season, dismissed after Town were thrashed 4-0 by Mansfield just under 12 months ago.

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. It was said he had lost some of his drive and was struggling to get the best out of the players.

Because Watford sacked Flores originally by relying on that clause.

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.

He then moved onto Southend in 2005 before going back to Vicarage Road as assistant to Brendan Rodgers after three years.

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