Next Watford Manager: Four names in the frame to replace Quique Sanchez Flores

by Charlie Zazzera / 01 December 2019, 09:45

Quique Sanchez Flores has once again been sacked by Watford after they let a one goal lead slip against their relegation rivals Southampton, who hadn’t won a home game in eight months. 

As reported by Adam Leventhal for The Athletic, the Spaniard’s time is up, with this Watford’s 11th sacking in seven years, fifth in five Premier League seasons, and two in three months.

Watford now have the joint-third worst start in Premier League history and can only look to two teams who have stayed up after having eight points or less from 14 games: Wigan (07/08) and Sunderland (2012/13).

Here are four names who could become Watford’s third manager of the season...

Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton has been waiting patiently since his sacking from Brighton at the end of the last season, and has reportedly turned down opportunities at Stoke, Cardiff and Huddersfield - but is now the right time?

Hughton has made his reputation from winning promotion from The Championship into the Premier League, with a record season at Newcastle in 2010/11, and then Brighton in 2016/17.

This appointment could work with both parties as it could be an opportunity for him to manage in the Premier League with a chance of keeping the club up, and if it doesn't work out he’d have had six months with the players to prepare for life in the Championship looking to bounce straight back up.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez left Newcastle in June after failing to agree a new contract, much to the fans despair.

He was appointed Newcastle manager in March 2016 with the club looking down the barrel of relegation much like Watford. Remarkably he stayed on with the Toon team after their drop down to the second-tier, and then guided them back to the Premier League after an impressive campaign in the Championship. He then went on to keep the club in the division with little to no budget.

Benitez is currently managing Dalian Yifang in China, and Adam Leventhal of The Athletic reported the club would not recruit anyone who is still in work, however Rafa openly speaks about his love of the Premier League and if the right opportunity came about he would be interested.

The question is how deep are The Pozzo’s pockets?

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst

Watford are known for employing left-field foreign managers who can speak English (Apart from Mazzarri) and this Dutchmen could be the right man to get The Hornets fans buzzing.

The Barcelona legend learnt the managerial ropes under Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord, and went on to become their manager; winning the Eredivisie and the KNVB Cup twice at the ripe age of 42.

He's currently working under Pep Guardiola in an access-all-areas role at Man City where he can learn from the great man and see how all the clubs in the City Group work.

This would be a massive coup for Watford and one which would excite the fans.

Francesco Guidolin

Nothing screams new Watford manager like an experienced Italian Head Coach who has worked under The Pozzo’s previously.

Guidolin has a 29-year-old managerial career and has managed club’s such as Empoli, Genoa, Palermo, Monaco and Udinese.

He then returned to Udinese under The Pozzo’s as a technical supervisor where he worked on all of their club’s including Watford so both parties know each other very well.

He’s most well known in England from his brief stint at Swansea where he was appointed in January 2016 and kept the Welsh side in the Premier League, although they were two points above the relegation zone when appointed.

This would be a much tougher task with winning the disoriented Watford fans round even tougher than keeping them in the division.

Verdict

It could be anyone!

Watford are a club who often surprise their fans with their new head coaches so this betting market is wide open. If there’s anyone who you think could be the new Watford manager let us know and we’ll get a price for you and add them to the market.

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