Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season despite leading the Hornets to Premier League safety and an FA Cup semi-final.
The 51-year-old only took charge at Vicarage Road last summer following the club’s promotion back to the Premier League after an eight year absence.
The news of Flores departure comes just 24 hours after Roberto Martinez was sacked by Everton and Flores’ name could very well be among the mix to take over at Goodison Park.
The Spaniard will depart following the club’s final game of the season against Sunderland and in a statement on the club’s website, it thanked Flores for a successful season back in the top-flight.
“We would like to thank Quique. He and the team achieved the target set them at the start of the season of staying in the Premier League for a second year.
“Quique leaves with all our best wishes for the future and the knowledge he is always welcome at Vicarage Road.”
Despite leading the club to Premier League safety and an FA Cup semi-final, the Hornets have won just two of their past 11 league games, including a 4-2 defeat to relegated Norwich on Wednesday night.
A statement from Flores suggests their was a breakdown in relationship with the owners and having failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension, he will leave the club.
“The club and me don’t have the same point of view about the season,” said the former Atletico Madrid manager.
“We don’t have the necessary conditions to activate the clause to renew my contract so I will leave Watford as a consequence. I felt completely happy with this year and I have enjoyed this experience.”
The club will now look for a fifth manager in two years with former Inter Milan manager Walter Mazarri an early frontrunner with the bookies to succeed Flores.
I think Watford have made a big mistake here. Flores has done a great job at Watford and despite a dip in form in the Premier League, if I was a Watford fan I would be more than happy with survival and an FA Cup semi-final.
Whoever is the man to take over at Vicarage Road, he has big shoes to fill. I don’t think Mazarri is the answer to help Watford survive again next season but maybe someone like David Moyes or Brendan Rodgers could do a decent job.
However, I don’t think Watford will survive next season no matter who Flores successor is. Maybe Flores did want to leave, but I reckon it will be soon that another club picks up the Spaniard.