Watford Sack Javi Gracia and Appoint Quique Sanchez Flores as Manager

Martin Green

Saturday, September 7, 2019 8:18 PM UTC

Saturday, Sep. 7, 2019 8:18 PM UTC

The Hornets are now priced at 5/2 to go down...
<div><p>Watford axed manager Javi Gracia in brutal fashion after his struggling team took just one point from their opening four Premier League matches. The Hornets announced his departure this evening, and 30 minutes later they revealed that former manager Quique Sanchez Flores has been given the job. Flores managed Watford to a comfortable mid-table finish during the 2015-16 season, but he was shown the door at the end of the season to make way for Walter Mazzarri. He is back after a four-year absence and he is tasked with dragging the Hornets out of the relegation zone and securing their Premier League survival.</p><p>Mazzarri also lasted just one season, before Marco Silva was brought in to manage the team. He was sacked after a few months, after Everton turned his head. Gracia was parachuted in to take over in January 2018 and he had a decent record for the majority of his tenure. However, Watford endured a poor end to the 2019/20 campaign, they were obliterated in the FA Cup final and they have been dreadful in the opening weeks of the new season. They lost 3-0 to Brighton on the opening day, then 1-0 to Silva’s Everton and 3-1 at home to West Ham before picking up a 1-1 draw away at Newcastle last time out.</p><p>Gracia’s sacking shows just how terrified clubs are of getting relegated nowadays. The riches that come with playing Premier League football are immense, and relegation can be catastrophic, so club owners are becoming increasingly trigger happy, even in the early stages of the season. Watford are now out at 3.50 (5/2) to be relegated with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a>, with shorter odds available on Sheff Utd, Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa.</p><p>Next up they take on Arsenal at Vicartage Road, and they are 4.00 (3/1) underdogs to secure victory. Steve Bruce, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino are now the joint favourites at 7.00 (6/1) to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.</p></div>
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