Watford’s head coach is too polite to say so but he will probably be glad if the Premier League do not bestow any more manager of the month awards on him.
Since overseeing one of the finest months in the club’s history – a run that saw them win four Premier League games in a row for the first time – Quique Sanchez Flores has been struck with the curse of the award. Watford finished the month of December with a gut-wrenching 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur, were beaten again in agonising fashion by Manchester City and then crashed to a limp 2-0 defeat against Southampton that could have been more, much more. Watford have picked up one point since that heady win over Liverpool at Vicarage Road.
Sanchez Flores is not in the game for personal awards and you won’t ever hear him talk, unprompted, about winning the Europa League with Atletico Madrid but this Premier League award is at least recognition of the fine work he has done in establishing Watford as a top-half team.
“I admire a lot the Premier League,” said the head coach in an interview on Sky Sports News. “It’s a big honour for me, thank you very much.”
According to their report and financial statements for the year ended June, 30 2015, the size of the coaching staff is up eight from last year to 46. With 53 players, up one from last season, the ratio is almost 1:1.
“[This award] is for all the staff, everyone connected to the club,” he said. “Without them it is not possible. It is for the fans; they support the team a lot and me and I’d like to dedicate this to the fans.”
Sanchez Flores pipped Arsene Wenger, Claudio Ranieri and Alan Pardew to the award, his first since he became a Premier League manager.