Garcia quits as Watford Head Coach with McKinlay appointed.
Oscar Garcia’s three week spell as Watford head coach is over, after today the Spaniard resigned from his position due to health problems.
Garcia had been in hospital for a week due to chest pains but was released last Sunday and attended Saturdays match against Blackburn.
It was thought that Garcia would continue as head coach after he attended the Hornets game at Blackburn and was present at the training ground on Friday and today.
However, although his health is no longer of concern, he has been advised that he needs more rest and today it was confirmed that the 41 year old had stepped down from his position as head coach with Billy McKinlay appointed with immediate effect.
McKinlay joined the Hornets on Friday as first team coach and was chosen by Oscar to be part of the coaching set up and to succeed him as head coach.
The Scotsman had an impressive playing career as a midfielder playing for the likes of Dundee United, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City. The 45 year old was also a Scotland international achieving 29 caps.
McKinlay’s first coaching position came at Fulham whom he stayed with for nine years. He initially joined the club as a player coach under Chris Coleman. He then held positions as reserve team coach and first team coach working alongside Ray Lewington, Roy Hodgson, Mark Hughes and Martin Jol. During his time at Fulham he developed a reputation of developing the clubs younger players and also took temporary charge of the club after Lawrie Sanchez’s sacking in 2007 and in 2012 after Martin Jol was taken ill.
His nine year relationship with the Cottagers came to an end after Martin Jol was sacked as manger, with Rene Meulensteen deciding to bring in his own coaching staff.
For the past two years, he has been assistant manager of the Northern Ireland international team and it remains to be seen whether he will relinquish that role after becoming head coach.
Although he may not be whom everyone wanted, McKinlay could prove to be a good appointment. Some will worry that he has not held a position as a head coach before, but his experience of the English leagues could be invaluable as the Hornets aim to mount a promotion push. The fact that he is widely recognised as a very good coach is promising and I for one will be backing McKinlay from the start.
Get well soon Oscar and I wish you the best for the future. Good Luck Billy!!!