Watford Surprisingly Fires Manager Javi Gracia

Javi Garcia. Photo by Richard Lee/BPI/Shutterstock

It took only four matches for English Premier League clubs to start changes on the bench. The club that had the unlikely honor to open the season was Watford, with the club deciding to fire their manager Javi Garcia after just four games.

Garcia leaves Watford after starting the season with three losses and one draw, which was enough for one point and last place in Premier League. Despite the team’s bad form, it was expected that the 49-year-old Spaniard will get a chance to try and turn things around.

Under Garcia, Watford managed to get to 11th place in the league while also reaching FA Cup finals.

“After the unexpected announcement about the termination of my contract … I want to express my surprise after completing the best season in Watford’s history,” – said Gracia in a statement. “I’m grateful to this club for allowing me to manage this great club in the Premier League, it has been an incredible experience, with very special moments like the FA Cup final I had the privilege to enjoy.”

Watford didn’t wait for too long to find a replacement for Garcia. The club hired another Spaniard, Quique Sánchez Flores, to coach the club until the end of the season.

This will be Flores’ second stint with Watford, as he was the club’s manager between 2015 and 2016.