In a shocking turn of events, Watford have gone onto sack their manager Javi Gracia right before their crucial match against Arsenal this weekend. The Hornets have had a disappointing start to the season and are yet to win a match, having lost three of their first four matches of the Premier League campaign while drawing the other one. It is understood that this early failure, which has left them in the 20th spot in the league table, has not gone down well with the club management as they have parted ways with the Spaniard.
The manager, who took charge in the last term after Watford had sacked their former manager Marco Silva, was shown the door by the Hornets as they released an official statement confirming the incident. Watford’s chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury said, “Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements.”
He also added, “Javi Gracia’s staff will also be leaving the club, ahead of the imminent appointment of a new coaching team. Everyone at the Hornets wishes Javi and his staff all the very best for the future, and they will always be welcome visitors in the future at Vicarage Road.”
With accordance to the sacking of Gracia, the Hornets have reappointed their former gaffer Quique Sanchez Flores as their new manager once again to guide them out of the dismay they have experienced so far in the 2019/20 Premier League season so far. Gracia had managed the club as he helped them to finish the last term at the 11th position and more important, led them to the final of the FA Cup, where they were eventually beaten by the holders Manchester City. However, it seems that their dismal performance early on this season had more impact on the club management as they parted ways with the Spaniard.
It comes as a significant challenge for the new manager Sanchez Flores, especially with the team not in great shape and that too ahead of a huge match against one of the top six teams in the form of Arsenal. The Gunners would be more than happy to walk away with all three points from their next encounter after they failed to secure a win in their last two encounters.
Unai Emery’s men were beaten prolifically by Liverpool before they held Tottenham Hotspur to a 2-2 draw in their last two matches in the Premier League. So, a Watford team in doldrums might just be the right team to play against for them at the moment.
The Hornets, on the other hand, would be looking to make most of the home advantage in their next match. They would surely hope that the change of manager might work in their favour and they would be able to bag their first win of the season at home. However, it won’t be an easy task for them, with Arsenal’s strike force consisting of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe looking agile and in scoring form, ready to make the Hornets pay for their mistakes in the upcoming encounter.