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Watford sack Gracia four games into Premier League season

Watford sack Gracia four games into Premier League season

Watford bear sacked head coach Javi Gracia after precise four games of the fresh Premier League season.

Their tally of two goals this season is the fewest in the league and since beating relegated Huddersfield on April 20 they have scored just five times in eight league matches, earning just two points.

Gracia led Watford to the FA Cup Final and was the first manager in nine to manage the Hornets for more than 50 matches (51).

Watford chairman Scott Duxbury said: "Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements".

Javi Gracia will leave with the rest of the coaching staff: "His staff' will also leave the club before the imminent appointment of a new coach".

Just minutes after announcing Gracia's exit, Watford released a fresh statement confirming the return of his compatriot.

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Watford's only win in a 10-game run stretching into last season was a victory against League One (third tier) Coventry City in the Carabao Cup in August.

Watford's only point so far this season came in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle last weekend, following defeats against Brighton, Everton, and West Ham. Everyone thinks every year we change the manager and get a new one.

Sanchez Flores, 54, has since had spells with Espanyoyl and Shanghai Shenhua.

Quique Sanchez Flores is heading back to Vicarage Road, taking over for fired Javi Gracia at Watford.

It has ensured Watford have established themselves in the Premier League and may explain why they have acted so quickly and, in the eyes of many, harshly.

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