‘Jurado tried to justify his decision but it isn’t enough’

Quique Sanchez Flores has stressed to Jose Manuel Jurado that disappearing down the tunnel after being substituted, as the attacking midfielder did during Watford’s victory over Aston Villa on Saturday, is unacceptable.

The Spaniard was replaced by Nordin Amrabat after 71 minutes of the Premier League game and did not acknowledge the head coach or take his place on the bench. It was an action you’d expect from a dissatisfied member of the squad, not a player the head coach pushed hard to sign and one who is usually integrated straight back into the team once he has been discharged from the treatment room.


“We have spoken about this,” Sanchez Flores said. “He tried to justify his decision with me but it isn’t enough. It is not the way I like to work. We have spoken about his decision and I said that everything we have done this season has come by working as a group. Football is about the collective and we must all respect each other.”


Sanchez Flores wasn’t the only man disappointed by Jurado’s disappearing act. Watford’s third-choice goalkeeper, Rene Gilmartin, in his role as summariser for BBC Three Counties, didn’t pull any punches.

“Jose Jurado straight down the tunnel,” he said on Saturday. “I don’t like that. I saw [Etienne] Capoue do it at Arsenal too. Hopefully he’s just gone to the toilet.”

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