Watford have parted ways with Javi Gracia today as he becomes the first manager sacked this season. Gracia was appointed in January 2018 when he replaced Everton’s current manager Marco Silva.
Watford have returned to a familiar face to succeed Gracia in former coach Quique Sanchez Flores.
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) September 7, 2019
Sanchez Flores returns to Vicarage Road where he was manager in 2015-16 upon their promotion to the Premier League. The Spaniard was surprisingly sacked following that season despite finishing in 13th position with 45 points.
This is the tenth time in the past eight seasons that Watford have made a coaching change.
The Telegraph had reported in early July that Newcastle were considering Quique Sanchez Flores to replace Rafa Benitez. However, if true, it does not appear that the 54-year-old was high on the list.