Another season, another casualty at Vicarage Road.
Javi Gracia is the latest man to fall victim to Watford’s laissez-faire attitude towards launching P45s at anyone and anything that crosses their path. The Hornets have sacked 13 managers in 11 years.
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The Spaniard was reportedly dismissed on the grounds that the squad had “gone flat” under his command and would subsequently struggle to climb back up the Premier League table, where they currently sit in last place.
Within an hour of Gracia clearing his Troy Deeney bobbleheads from his desk, Watford had already appointed a replacement: ex-boss Quique Sanchez Flores, a former victim of Gino Pozzo’s cutthroat regime.
Bear in mind, Gracia’s expulsion follows a 2018/19 campaign that saw him lead Watford to an 8th-place finish and their first cup final in 35 years.
TalkSPORT pundits have discussed Gracia’s exit, and they describe the club as having “no patience”.
“Should Javi Gracia be suprised at the sacking?”
“He’s the 13th manager in 11 years.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 9, 2019
Going off past evidence alone, we don’t give Flores long before he’s shown the door (again).