Quique Sanchez Flores hopes to sit down with the Watford hierarchy next week to discuss his future, conceding he feels uncomfortable by the speculation around his job prospects and that it’s creating an “atmosphere” around the club.
We confirmed last week that the Hornets have decided to activate the break clause in Sanchez Flores’ contract, one he requested prior to taking charge, once the Premier League campaign ends.
A combination of Watford’s poor league form since the turn of the year and behind the scenes concerns have forced Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury to take the difficult decision of ending the Spaniard’s tenure at Vicarage Road. We understand Sanchez Flores has yet to be officially told he will depart in the summer but, given his answers in his last two press conferences, he is aware his time is up.
“We don’t need to talk at this moment,” Sanchez Flores said when he faced the press this morning ahead of Watford’s trip to Liverpool on Sunday. “We perhaps will talk next week. The contract says that at the end of May, we can decide if we want to stay together or not. We are free and we are happy. If we have news for the press we will give it to you.
“I appreciate the interest in my contract and about the future but I don’t want to talk more about it. I am only thinking about the match on Sunday. I don’t want this atmosphere around me, the club and the owner. I am happy at Watford and I respect the Watford fans so much. I want to transmit how lovely it is here.”
Sanchez Flores was then asked explicitly that, no matter the decision of the club, whether he would want to stay at Vicarage Road beyond this summer. His reply was telling.
“I am happy,” the head coach said. “I can’t confirm anything more.”
Gifton Noel-Williams told us exclusively this week that the speculation around the manager, when he was at Watford and Stoke, was really unsettling for the players. Pick up a copy of the paper to read his thoughts – plus much more.