Gracia surprised by abrupt Watford dismissal

Ruben Hill
September 11, 2019

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

Javi Gracia's fate was sealed on Thursday after Watford's top brass called a meeting to axe the beleaguered Spaniard.

Sanchez Flores was himself dismissed by Watford or, rather, they chose to exercise a break clause in his contract, in 2016 after just one season in charge, their first back in the top-flight.

Though Gracia's sacking will likely be thought to be brutal, Watford have confirmed themselves repeatedly to be decisive and profitable with regards to altering their head coach.

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

Gracia is the first Premier League manager to lose their job this season.

Watford, who have one point from four matches, dismissed Gracia on Saturday, bringing an end to a 20-month tenure during which he helped them finish 11th last season and reach the FA Cup final. However, they lost 6-0 to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

Watford have a history of changing their managers with regularity.

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

The sense at the club was that there was no momentum under Gracia.

"I will always wish the fans and these players the best". He remains respected and liked, and the decision to remove him was not taken lightly.

Flores returns to the club just over three years after he departed following a sole season in charge but Gracia is unhappy with the manner of his exit, even though his side's form so far this season has not been good.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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