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Troy Deeney on ‘crazy’ Sanchez Flores decision

Troy Deeney did little to calm any fears that he may look to follow head coach Quique Sanchez Flores out of the door by describing the decision to part company with the Spaniard as “crazy”.

Deeney and Sanchez Flores have developed a close bond this season and they regularly walk round the pitch at full-time arm in arm. In fact, they were involved in a lengthy discussion at both Old Trafford and Anfield after Sanchez Flores sensed his captain was hugely frustrated at the work ethic of some of his teammates.

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Deeney has become a more rounded player under Sanchez Flores, learning to play a more withdrawn role and chipping in with seven assists for Odion Ighalo as well as 15 goals. Although Deeney is likely to have been privy to advanced news on the future of the head coach, it still left him saddened.

“His time here has been a success,” Deeney said after yesterday’s game. “He’s brought me on a lot as a player. I have nothing but gratitude. We’ve had 16 new players and he’s made it seem effortless. Sunderland have been in the bottom three and managed to stay up, and Sam Allardyce is being hailed as a great manager, which he is, for keeping them up. But we’ve seemingly coasted through this season and our gaffer’s been sacked. It’s one of those crazy ones.”

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Whether it’s crazy enough for Deeney to seek a move is another matter. By his own admission, Deeney talks fast and loose, particularly in the heat of the moment. Yet Watford’s captain is a reported target for Leicester City and he may feel he has achieved all he can at Vicarage Road. However, on the flip side, he is the darling of Vicarage Road, his young family have only just settled permanently in the area and it is doubtful whether he would be afforded the same power and influence at another club. He has four years left on a well-paid, heavily bonus-related contract and Watford are under no pressure to sell, nor do they have any desire to.
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