Quique flattered by Spain link but stresses he is ‘completely happy’ at Watford

Should Vicente del Bosque, as expected, step down as head coach of Spain after this summer’s European Championships then one of the most desirable jobs in world football will become available.

The chance to work with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and David Silva – to name just three – would be attractive to any Spanish coach. It’s difficult to turn your country down if they came calling.

Quique Sanchez Flores is no different. He said this week he would love to coach such an outstanding group of players. Who wouldn’t?

“No one could ever argue that coaching your own country’s national team is not an extraordinary experience,” he said in an interview with ESPN. “But what is not said is how incredible it would be to coach certain players together at the same time and that is what really interests me.”


So should Watford fans be worried about losing Sanchez Flores, especially with the head coach about to enter the final year of his contract at Vicarage Road? Not a bit.

“If people are saying I could coach the national team then I must thank them,” the Spaniard told WD Sport this morning. “But I respect Vicente del Bosque and I respect Watford. I respect the players, the fans and the man [Gino Pozzo] who trusted me here. Coaching a national team is completely different. It’s another life. I don’t know if I would like this situation. I am completely happy at Watford. I love the fans and I am really happy with every person who works at the club. The way we work, we are a family.”


Sanchez Flores has also been linked with a return to Valencia in the wake of Gary Neville’s departure.

“I’m sad for the situation of Gary Neville because every time a coach doesn’t finish a project it is obviously bad news,” he said. “I’m expecting Valencia will recuperate and have a good run because it is necessary for the club. I am completely happy at Watford. We are a family. We are working in this way and I can say, of course, that I am happy at Watford.”

We understand the club are not about to react to talk of their head coach being in demand and the plan remains for Sanchez Flores, Pozzo and Scott Duxbury to sit down at the end of the season, once the dust has settled, to discuss extending his deal.