Watford confirm Flores as new boss

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June 06, 2015 10:00:41 UK

Watford have named the former Atletico Madrid manager Quique Sanchez Flores as Slavisa Jokanovic’s successor at Vicarage Road.

Flores becomes the Hornets’ fifth boss in a year, although the club were still able to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League.

They are available at 3.20 to be the top newcomers in the 2015/16 season and 1.72 to be relegated back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The 50-year-old has penned a two-year deal with the Premier League new boys after the club refused to meet Jokanovic’s wage demands.

Flores starred for Valencia, Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza during his playing career before going on to manage Getafe, Valencia, Benfica and Atletico Madrid.

He took charge of Getafe for a second time in January, but quit after only 11 games, citing personal reasons.

He won the Europa League and Super Cup in 2010 with Atletico, and the Portuguese League Cup with Benfica in 2009.

Watford started the 2014/15 campaign with Beppe Sannino as their manager, while Oscar Garcia and Billy McKinlay had brief spells in charge before Jokanovic was appointed in October.

The Hornets said in a statement: “Watford FC would like to take this opportunity to thank former head coach Slavisa Jokanovic, along with assistants Ruben Martinez and Javier Pereira, for an outstanding contribution to the success of the club.”

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