Quique Sanchez Flores has wasted no time in landing a new job, agreeing a deal to become the new manager of Espanyol less than a month after leaving Watford.
The Spaniard had hoped to remain in England, where his four children were settled in Hampstead, and was linked with the vacancies at Everton and Southampton, but he has opted to return to Spain to replace interim manager Constantin Galca on a three-year deal. It will be his ninth job in 12 years.
“I think he’s a really, really good manager, just not the right manager for this club [Watford],” British-based Italian journalist Gabriele Marcotti said on the Game Podcast last month. “He’s had some really big jobs. He is, by his CV, not a Watford standard manager. He’s managed major top six European clubs. He took a gamble to come to England and wanted to prove he can do it here. Watford knew he could bolt if he did well, which is why Quique asked for that clause. He leaves the club on a high. Everyone saw them going down and he kept them up, so he will be leaving really vindicated. He would have liked to have stayed but he knows he will get a much bigger club.”
Espanyol finished 14th last season, so are a rung down from Quique’s previous Spanish clubs Atletico Madrid and Valencia, but they have an ambitious new owner.
“I am sure the city of Barcelona can have two strong clubs,” said owner Chen Yansheng who said he hopes “to have the club debt-free and in the Champions League in three years”.
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