Why Quique Sanchez Flores COULD Lose His Job At Watford
Posted by Luke McKenzie | Published on April 21, 2016
On the final day of The Championship season, where Watford failed to clinch the league title after conceding a 90th-minute goal to Sheffield Wednesday to finish the match 1-1 and handing Bournemouth the title after they ran through Charlton 3-0 at The Valley, everyone Watford fan, including myself, expected Jokanovic to be offered a new deal and to be under his guidance throughout the season in The Premier League.
How wrong we were, The Pozzo’s and Luke Dowling had different aspirations and wanted someone else to take the helm at Watford and that man being Quique Sanchez Flores. Not many Watford fans knew who he was but he came with a very good CV, having won the Europa League at Atletico Madrid, so we knew we were in good hands. We didn’t really know what to expect from the Spaniard but we soon got our wish when we went away to Everton and came back with a point after a 2-2 draw having to take the lead twice. The performance itself was very positive, committing men forward in attack but also defending in numbers, a very well drilled team. That’s been the same throughout the season, defensively very good but slightly dry in front of goal.
Everything was looking rosy, up until January where Watford went on a run of 9 defeats in 15 games with 3 wins coming against Newcastle, Palace and most recently, West Brom. But in this rut, Watford booked their place in the semi-final against Palace in the Cup after a shock and heroic win over Arsenal at the Emirates. Despite all of this, the Watford hierarchy will want some reasoning behind the sudden dip of form and Flores’ somewhat strange decision making when it comes to substitutions and picking the first eleven. Although expectations for this season have exceeded what we all wanted, the style of our team has a hint of LVG at United kind of feel, players playing out of position, defensively very good but the build up play and style of football can be boring at times. Not just this but whenever Watford goes a goal behind, they never ever look like getting back into the game due to the rigid style Flores has implemented on his side. The problem with his style is that it relies heavily on Deeney and Ighalo to provide the goals and luckily for us they’ve produced the goods for us but when those two are not at their best, we don’t look like scoring at all which is alarming.
Mind you, Flores did say once we get over the 40 point mark, his style will change and that would allow players to express themselves more and they did just that against West Ham despite the 3-1 defeat. Berghuis and Jurado especially excelled in each half between them which begs the question, why on earth hasn’t Berghuis played more games? When he came on in the 55th minute, he was a constant threat and despite not being in favor the whole season, he seemed to have so much confidence, always looking to drive forward and played Anya through from a delightful ball which the Scot failed to finish. I personally was delighted for Berghuis when he assisted Prodl which shows that Flores was wrong to leave the Dutchman out for so long, the Watford hierarchy will look at that and be puzzled to why he hasn’t featured more in the season after that performance.
Let’s not forget that the Pozzo’s and Luke Dowling have a project they want to complete at Watford and so far they’ve got everything more or less spot on. They want what’s best for Watford long term and if they see someone else who can take Watford to that next step in the project then I’m not the one to argue against that. This situation has a Nigel Adkins, Southampton edge to it, many thought Saints were wrong to sack Adkins but that was soon forgotten when they appointed none other than Mauricio Pochettino and now look at them? even after he left and Koeman took over, they’re challenging top 6 again. Okay, that doesn’t always pay off but with the right search and upgrade, Watford could certainly do the same, especially with the TV deal next season and the current resources they do have, Pozzo’s will do what’s best.
The fact that Flores hasn’t been offered a new deal to stay on says to me that Watford are keeping their options open to someone who they deem more suitable for the job. Flores also doesn’t really ever stay at a club for a long period of time which shows after he insisted on a break clause in his two-year deal should both parties decide to part ways. If Watford were lose to Palace this Sunday and then finish poorly in the last 4 games, I wouldn’t put money on Sanchez Flores being the manager of Watford next season despite the great season back in the big time. Some fans won’t like this to happen If Flores was to lose his job but we have to remember, Luke Dowling and Gino Pozzo always look at the bigger picture so whatever happens, It can only get better for us.