Quique issues veiled message on his Watford future

Quique Sanchez Flores hopes “the people who are working around me” appreciate what he has achieved at Watford this season as conjecture about his stay beyond this season mounts.

The Spaniard has steered the Hornets to safety in the Premier League – guiding them to 41 points in 34 games – and an FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Yet there is doubt as to whether the Spaniard will remain with Watford beyond this summer.


He will have a year left on his contract but there is a break clause, which we understand Sanchez Flores asked to be inserted when he joined, that can be activated at the end of this campaign if both the club and the Spaniard agree. We understand it is not a formality that Sanchez Flores will be in charge next season.

Sanchez Flores said last week he was happy at Watford and has enjoyed working alongside Gino Pozzo, Scott Duxbury and Luke Dowling. However, when he faced the media after tonight’s defeat at West Ham United, the Watford head coach adopted a different stance.

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“It is very important how people in the club value our work,” he said. “I appreciate what we’re doing as a team. I appreciate Watford will have another year in the Premier League which is important and I appreciate that we’re in the semi-final of the FA Cup. I appreciate these things a lot. It’s necessary the people who are working around me appreciate the same thing. If not we will have completely different views. I am calm.

“I don’t know why in this moment in Watford’s season, we’re talking about me. It isn’t time to talk about me. It is time to talk about the players, the FA Cup and the fact we’re in the Premier League next year. I don’t want to talk about me and about what we’ve done. It’s not necessary.

“The facts are there and if you want to read them in right way, perfect. If you don’t want to read them in the right way, finish. But I am completely happy.”