3 managers who could succeed Quique Sanchez Flores at Watford
Watford sacked Quique Sanchez Flores just 85 days after a celebrated return to Vicarage Road. The Hornets are 20th after having lost to Southampton in a VAR themed reverse. Flores was sacked and Watford FC has held off communication until they announce a new boss. Considering this is the second manager to be let go after Javi Gracia earlier this year, Watford might be short of options for a new top man. The Hereford club is ruthless with its managers and is very serious about staying in the Premier League. However, their record this season does not look promising. There are some proven managers around though and Watford could still turn it around.
There are reports circulating that the players want a home-grown manager familiar with the English game after Gracia and Flores failed to turn it around. Let us look at the potential replacements for the struggling club.
#3 Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce (known as Big Sam) is no stranger to relegation battles. So much so that he is now associated with them. His last few jobs at Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Everton have made him a firefighter-extraordinaire. The former England boss has been out of work for over a season since being sacked after finishing 8th with Everton. Perhaps it is sweet fate that the man he replaced at Everton is also under pressure.
Watford is clamouring for goals and Allardyce is a specialist at forcing results. For example, in his last 24 PL games -- his spell at Everton, he conceded only 21 goals despite a heavy defeat to Arsenal. Watford may only need the one goal a game at best to get results. Allardyce might be tempted to take the hot seat but it would be interesting to watch if he agrees with Watford's policy of switching managers every summer.
Further, Allardyce's might not fancy taking the Watford job with pressure mounting on former clubs West Ham and Everton. Though the chances of his getting those jobs are slim Allardyce has no real need to walk into the mess at Watford. Big Sam also was left dismayed when his performance at Everton was rewarded with a sacking. With the Pozzos reluctant to offer assurances over more than six months, Allardyce might be unwilling to take the job. If they do get him in, however, the Hornets might comfortably remain in the Premier League.