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Watford: Quique Sanchez Flores sacked. Time to change strategy?

Watford sit rock bottom of the Premier League. 1 win and 8 points in 14 games. Though the gap is only 6 points, they are favourites to be relegated this season. The Pozzo family, who own the Hornets, are known for being ruthless. There have been 10 different managers under their ownership and for the most part, it’s been successful.

Watford set to be relegated?

From being on the brink of administration, the club has been promoted to the Premier League, reached an FA Cup final and semi-final as well as been a typically stable Premier League side (until this season of course). All under the Pozzo’s. But now, it seems like this short term managerial appointment system has run out of steam.

Hot off the press, Quique Sanchez Flores has been sacked by the Hornets hierarchy. Just 85 days into his second stint with the club. Football is brutal game and the Pozzo family intend to play it. They’ll now seek to employ their 3rd manager of the season. It’s not even Christmas yet…

An 8-0 loss to Manchester City earlier in the season, a 3-0 loss to Burnley at home, it just hasn’t worked out for the Spaniard. This comes after Sky Sports suggested earlier in the week that the Pozzo family had no intention of sacking Flores, despite just 1 win in 10 games. If anyone is going to sack a manager after such a short tenure, it is them. To be fair to them, losing 2-1 to relegation rival Southampton in a must win game, there’s clearly issues.

Pozzo family achievements undeniable

From my understanding as a neutral that doesn’t follow Watford closely, the Pozzo family is well respected in Hertfordshire. From being in financial difficulty to a competitive Premier League club that has progressed deep into domestic competitions, it’s only fair they get the credit they deserve. Perhaps at the time, the sackings were viewed as harsh. But they hold the best interests of the club at heart. Something that is sadly fading from modern-day football.

I view them like Chelsea before Frank Lampard. Frequent managerial changes that raised eyebrows at the time, but inevitably worked. Of course on a completely different scale to The Blues, but the model is the same. They’ve chosen to pull the trigger again and now I fear this model is past its sell by date.


Though is it time for a change of strategy? A long term vision and giving a manager more than a year? I’m not questioning the Pozzo’s success at the club. However, I question the sustainability of their model.

Given their current position, Flores’ successor should be given more time, as it may be better in the long term. Watford fans and players, as much as they want short term success, perhaps also want stability. The only question is whether the Italians are willing to be patient…

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