Watford have sacked Javi Gracia and reappointed Quique Sanchez Flores as their manager.
The Hornets are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season and are currently rooted to the bottom of the table.
Gracia was appointed as Hornets boss in January 2018 after the sacking of Marco Silva.
The former Malaga manager took Watford to the FA Cup final for the first time in 35 years and just the second time in the club’s history, when they were beaten convincingly by Manchester City in May.
He also led them to an 11th-place finish in the Premier League last season. But having picked up just one win from their four games this term, the club decided to make their 11th managerial change in just over eight years.
“Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements,” said chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury.
“Javi Gracia’s staff will also be leaving the club, ahead of the imminent appointment of a new coaching team.
“Everyone at the Hornets wishes Javi and his staff all the very best for the future, and they will always be welcome visitors in the future at Vicarage Road.”
Sanchez Flores’ reappointment was confirmed just 30 minutes after Gracia’s departure had been announced.
In his first spell at the club, the Spaniard guided the club to a comfortable mid-table finish during the 2015/16 season in the club’s first season back in the Premier League but left after just under 12 months in charge.
Since the departure of current Burnley boss Sean Dyche in July 2012, Watford have gone through Gianfranco Zola, Guiseppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia, Billy McKinley (on a caretaker basis), Slavisa Jokanovic, Sanchez Flores, Walter Mazzarri, Silva – who went to Everton – and now Gracia.
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