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Reaction to Quique exit: ‘I get baffled by what owners want’

Former Watford assistant manager Ray Wilkins is perplexed by the decision to replace Quique Sanchez Flores as head coach of Watford.

Watford’s key decision makers brought forward their end-of-season review with the Spaniard in the wake of the shambolic events at Carrow Road on Wednesday night. Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury relayed how concerned they were over recent results, team selections and the direction of the team. It’s what Sanchez Flores was referring to this morning when he said: “We don’t have the same point of view of the season.”

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“Quique said there has been a disagreement with how the season has gone,” said Wilkins, who was No 2 to Gianluca Vialli in 2001-02. “I don’t understand what the owners were looking for then. This was the best they could have expected. To still be in the league is a remarkable achievement. He plays 4-4-2, they are extremely well organised, have a fantastic work ethic. What more do people want? I just get baffled by owners over what they want. This year was the big year to stay in the Premier League. I think he’s been a breath of fresh air. I love listening to him. He’s a really, really nice human being and I’m sad. I hope he stays in the Premier League as it will be our loss if he’s not there next year.”

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Sanchez Flores will be followed out of Vicarage Road by his trusty assistants Antonio Diaz Carlavilla and Alberto Giraldez. Dean Austin may be kept on for continuity purposes, like he was after Slavisa Jokanovic did not have his contract renewed.

“Watford Football Club can confirm that Quique Sanchez Flores will leave Vicarage Road at the end of the season following the Sunderland game this weekend,” read a club statement. “We would like to thank Quique. He and the team achieved the target set them at the start of the season of staying in the Premier League for a second year. Quique leaves with all our best wishes for the future and the knowledge he is always welcome at Vicarage Road.”