Watford are set to appoint their third manager this season after the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores and Chris Hughton is the heavy favorite for the role.
The Premier League’s bottom-placed club parted with Quique Sanchez Flores after barely 3 months charge, after the 2:1 loss to fellow strugglers Southampton, and expect to announce his replacement as soon as possible.
The former Brighton boss Chris Hughton has emerged as the frontrunner to land the role ahead of Watford’s next Premier League game which is against a very impressive Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday.
Chris Hughton has been out of work since he was relieved of his job as Brighton manager and is eager to return to management in the top flight after reportedly turning down approaches from some Championship clubs.
The likes of Sam Allardyce, Paul Clement, and former Real Betis manager Quique Setien have also been linked with the role. Sanchez Flores who previously managed the Hornets in the 2015/16 season was sacked, few months after replacing compatriot Javi Gracia on September 7.
Scott Duxbury, Watford chief pointed out that his failure to turn things around at the club resulted in the decision.
“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,” Duxbury said in a statement.
“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.”