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Bilic is unhappy with Watford's treatment of Flores after a fine season.

Slaven Bilic slams Watford for sacking Quique Sanches Flores

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has slammed Watford for sacking Quique Sanchez Flores.

The Hornets sacked Flores despite an impressive season which has seen them survive comfortably in the Premier League and reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The Spaniard had expressed a desire to stay at Vicarage Road, but his wishes were not shared by the board.

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Bilic incensed 

And fellow manager Bilic has hit out at Watford over the "sick" decision.

"It's crazy", he told the London Evening Standard.

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"I'm sorry for Quique. It's completely wrong, they've had a fantastic season.

"As far as I know if someone had offered Watford that...before the season everyone predicted they were likely candidates to go down."

"They had a great season, the place was buzzing, it was a season to be proud of. It says it's more important how you finish than how you start but it is nonsense for me. People say it's common in Europe, it's common in England, but it's completely wrong, it's sick."

Watford's worrying record

Watford are particularly guilty of operating a managerial merry-go-round, having seen seven men take the hot seat in four years, though that is including caretakers. More telling is the statistic that their longest-serving manager in the 21st century has been Aidy Boothroyd, who lasted just over 3 years.

Watford were tipped to go down at the start of the season, but they could still finish as high as 11th.

The announcement that Flores would not be rewarded for his efforts this season has bewildered many Watford fans, and now it appears the rationale behind the move has baffled Bilic too.

West Ham United v Watford - Premier League

Bilic himself knows what it's like to be underestimated, as West Ham have exceeded expectations this season. Under Sam Allardyce, the Clarets established themselves in the bottom half of the Premier League, but in Bilic's first season in charge, they have mounted a serious Champions League push and should at least be on course for the Europa League.

Realistically, the Hammers need just a point against Stoke on the final day to secure a sixth-placed finish.

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