Former Toon Boss Heading To Watford?

Last updated : 04 December 2019 By Footy Mad - Editor

Watford are the on the hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores on Sunday.

Flores was dismissed after just 85 days into his second spell at the club. His final match ended up being a 2-1 defeat to Southampton.

Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said in a statement: "Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision.

"The appointment of a new head coach is imminent and, with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful."

Former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has been out of work since leaving Brighton

Hughton continues to be linked with managerial vacancies when they become available and was reportedly offered the position at Sheffield Wednesday - although he turned it down and the Owls went with Garry Monk.

Hughton left Brighton in the summer after guiding the Seagulls to Premier League promotion and subsequent safety.

It had been reported that Hughton was holding out for a position in England's top-flight yet he continued to be linked with opportunities in the Sky Bet Championship.

He kept Brighton in the top-flight for two seasons and survival will now be Watford's primary objective this season.

Another Toon boss, Sam Allardyce comes in at 4/1.

A potential option for Watford could be Sam Allardyce. He's viewed as a great short-term fix for clubs who are battling to keep their position in the top-flight.

The 65-year-old guided Everton to a top-half finish in the 2017/18 season despite flirting with relegation during the early part of the campaign, before the Toffees elected to hand Marco Silva the job in the summer.

Allardyce has some success on his CV after guiding Bolton to the top flight in 2001 and more recently West Ham in 2012 - both through the play-offs. He would go on to manage Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the Premier League alongside a short stint as England boss.

He is someone who has been heavily praised by former players for his preparation for matches and his use of sport science to try and get the best out of his squad - but Jose Mourinho did label his football "from the 19th century" when his Chelsea side faced the Hammers in January 2014.