Watford make shock announcement over Flores’ future

Watford have announced via their official Twitter account that manager Quique Sanchez Flores will leave the club at the end of the season.

The Spaniard took charge at Vicarage Road last summer following their promotion from the Championship and is set to guide the Hornets to their highest final standing in the top flight since the 1986/87 campaign.

But doubts over the 51-year-old’s stay in Hertfordshire have persisted since late April, after Watford refused to confirm whether he’d still be their manager for the 2016/17 campaign in an official club statement.

Earlier this week, the Premier League side informed Sky Sports News that Flores’ future would be decided at the end of the season. But the club have unexpectedly confirmed this morning that the former Valencia and Benfica boss will leave in the summer. 

Flores has produced a 37% win rate during his 43-game spell with the Hornets, guiding them to an FA Cup semi-final and the chance of finishing as high as twelfth in the Premier League.

Watford’s clash with Sunderland on Sunday will be Flores’ final game in charge.