Tuesday 25 September 2018

Watson: Flores 'fantastic'

Quique Sanchez Flores
Quique Sanchez Flores

Ben Watson has defended the “fantastic” Quique Sanchez Flores amid growing speculation surrounding his future, insisting the entire Watford squad want their manager to stay.

A poor run of form in the second half of the season has led to speculation that the Hornets could sack the Spaniard, despite steering a club tipped to struggle to mid-table safety and to an FA Cup semi-final which ended in defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Watford are 12th in the Premier League and level on points with Everton, who possess one of the country’s strongest squads. However, Watford’s owners the Pozzo family have a ruthless reputation with Sanchez Flores their fifth appointment in a year when he was recruited last June.

Watson said: “He’s the best manager I’ve worked under. He’s been fantastic this season, he’s brought different ideas and him and his staff have been great.”

“To have a team joint-11th in the Premier League, getting to an FA Cup semi-final and be under pressure... there’s not much more we can do.”

Watson’s central midfield partner Etienne Capoue has also defended the manager, who earlier dismissed the possibility of returning to former club Valencia.

“It’s football, that’s what happens, managers come and go,” he said. “Me personally? I hope he stays. Everyone in that changing room? They hope he stays.”

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