Sanchez Flores Announced As New Head Coach.
Watford have a new Head Coach for their first venture in the Premier League for eight seasons, with Quique Sanchez-Flores being appointed as head coach on a two-year-deal.
Flores has been linked with Watford for the past few weeks, and his appointment has been expected over the past few days, after it was revealed that contract talks with Slavisa Jokanovic had stalled and the 50 year old Spaniard has now been appointed as the Golden Boys new head coach.
The 50 year old from Spain arrives at Watford with an impressive CV, and is highly rated back in his home-nation. He will be assisted by Alberto Diaz and Antonio Carlavilla, with Dean Austin remaining at Vicarage Road as Assistant Head Coach.
Ruben Martinez and Javier Perriera, who were Assistant Head Coaches to Oscar Garcia, Billy McKinlay and Slavisa Jokanovic, will leave the Hornets alongside Serbian Jokanovic.
As a player, Sanchez-Flores turned out for the likes of Valencia, Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza, and was also capped at international level by Spain.
Flores coaching career started with a spell in charge of Real Madrid’s youth teams, before he took his first head coach position at Spanish side Getafe. During his first and only season at Getafe, Flores guided the La Liga side to a 13th place finish and his impressive season led to him taking over as head coach of Valencia, where he succeeded Claudio Ranieri.
Flores continued his excellent start to life as a head coach with Valencia, as he guided the club to a third place finish in his first season at the club which sealed ‘Los Che’s’ qualification for the Champions League.
The Spaniard lead Valencia into the quarter final’s of the Champions League during his second season at the helm, where they were narrowly knocked out by Chelsea, and he also guided the club to a 4th place finish in La Liga, ensuring that they qualified for the prestigious European Competition again for the following season.
However, in October 2007, Flores successful reign as Valencia head coach was brought to an end, after the board were unhappy with a string of average results.
He had to wait 7 months for his next coaching position, as he took over the reigns at Benfica, but he was to remain with the Portuguese side for only one season after his contract was terminated by mutual consent at the end of the 2008/09 season, despite guiding the club to a 3rd place finish and domestic league cup success.
Flores was then appointed as Atletico Madrid head coach in October 2009, and during his first season with ‘Atleti’, the club won the Europa League and also reached the final of the Copa Del Rey, which they lost to Sevilla. They finished in 9th position in La Liga in Flores’ first season in charge, before ensuring that the Spanish side qualified for the Europa League at the end of his second season in charge.
However despite Flores’ success, he left Atletico Madrid at the end of the 2010/11 season, after reportedly clashing with Diego Forlan.
Since then, the 50 year old former right-back has had spells in charge of UAE sides Al Ahli and Al Ain, as well as a second spell in charge of Getafe.
Flores is highly rated in Spain, and has reportedly always been interested in a move to the Premier League, and now the Spaniard finally has his chance, after signing a two-year-deal to become the Hornets new Head Coach.
After reading up about his career to date, he has a mightily impressive CV, and it is impressive that the Pozzo’s have managed to draft the Spaniard in to become the Hornets Head Coach.
It is, however, slightly disappointing that terms could not be agreed with Slavisa Jokanovic over a new contract at Vicarage Road, after his superb work in helping the Hornets get over the finish line last season. However, if the Pozzo’s second contract offer of a £1 Million salary on a one-year-contract, with potentially £1 Million performance related bonuses is to be believed, it would seem that the Serbian was offered a good contract to stay at Watford FC.
It seems that Jokanovic was simply asking for too much money, with his demands reportedly set to be £2.5 million a year on a 3-year-contract, and you can see why the Pozzo’s have now gone elsewhere.
It is a disappointing way to end off such a superb 2014/15 season, but our thanks must still go to Slavisa Jokanovic, who did immensely well in his short time at Watford.
But now, thoughts turn to the future, and I’m sure that I’m not the only one who is incredibly excited about the future, and what Quique Sanchez Flores can bring to the table.
Welcome to the club Quique, and thanks for all you efforts Slavisa!