Watford fired head coach Javi Gracia amid fears Spaniard had 'gone flat'

Javia Gracia surprised by 'unexpected' Watford sacking

Watford sacked Javi Gracia as their head coach as a result of they feared the crew had "gone flat" beneath him and would battle to climb up the Premier League desk. An opening-day home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion was followed by further losses at Everton and home to West Ham United, with the club finally scraping a point in last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.

LONDON, Sept 8 ― "Quique Sanchez Flores has returned to the Watford bench after Javi Gracia was sacked just four games into the season, the Premier League team announced yesterday".

The Hornets made a decision to ditch Gracia on Saturday and opted to re-appoint former boss Quique Sanchez Flores as their new head coach.

Gracia is the first Premier League manager to lose their job this season.

"After the unexpected announcement about the termination of my contract after only four matches, I want to express my surprise after completing the best season in Watford's history".

The 49-year-old Spaniard led the side to 25 wins out of his 66 games in charge and guided them to the FA Cup final last season.

"I respect this decision and I'd like to reassure that the excellent relationship I have with Gino Pozzo and Filippo Giraldi, and this is not going to change despite my abrupt exit of the club".

However, despite coming off the back of an historic 11th-placed finish in the Premier League and an FA Cup final, the board were reportedly concerned about the mood in the dressing room, and moved on Saturday to remove Gracia from his post. It was said he had lost some of his drive and was struggling to get the best out of the players.

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