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Former Newcastle United Managers are top two favourites to get Watford job with a third also involved

1 year ago

Former Newcastle United managers feature strongly in the race to become the latest boss at Watford.

The Hornets are rock bottom of the Premier League and sacked Quique Sanchez Flores on Sunday.

Watford sacking their second manager of the season with Javi Gracia given the boot only a month into the season.

At the moment they have the look of Fulham last season, who had three different managers on the way to going down to the Championship.

Needless to say, Watford surely have to stick with whoever their next choice is.

The plus side being that the new man will still have 24 Premier League games to go.

The betting is very interesting with three of the six shortest price candidates being one-time Newcastle United managers, with indeed the top two favourites being one-time NUFC bosses.

Chris Hughton is the odds on (4/9) hot favourite and no doubt most Newcastle fans will wish him well if he gets it.

Not quite so many will be rooting for Sam Allardyce (7/2) if he returns to management.

Lurking in sixth place is Alan Pardew (20/1) and difficult to see him appearing on many Watford fan wish lists.

Of the six leading the betting, only one is currently in a job, former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic who is currently managing in Qatar.

Betting (from Paddy Power) on next permanent Watford manager:

4/9 Chris Hughton

7/2 Sam Allardyce

6/1 Paul Clement

12/1 Quique Setein

14/1 Slavisa Jokanovic

20/1 Alan Pardew

A Paddy Power spokesperson making the comment;

“The Ireland legend would surely jump at the chance of Premier League rehabilitation after his brutal sacking on the south coast – and, with the alternative seemingly Big Sam, it might be similarly welcomed by Watford fans.”

Official Watford statement:

With regret, Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Head Coach Quique Sánchez Flores.

“Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision,” said Hornets’ Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury.

“The appointment of a new Head Coach is imminent, and with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.”

No further comment from Watford FC will be made until a new Head Coach is announced.


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