Watford's managerial departure record since the Pozzos took over extends to 11

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After a poor start to the season which saw Watford fail to pick up a win in their first four games, they called upon former boss Quique Sanchez Flores to turn things around.

However, fast forward three months and it proved to be the same story for the Hornets as they find themselves bottom with only eight points to their name.

And after falling to their ninth league defeat of the season yesterday, losing 2-1 away at Southampton, it proved to be the final nail in Flores’ coffin.

That’s because the club announced his sacking today, their second managerial dismissal already this campaign following Javi Garcia’s in December.

And ever since Giampaolo Pozzo and his son Gino bought the club in 2012, managerial exits have become a regular occurrence at Vicarage Road.

In fact, Flores’ second departure was Watford’s 11th under the ownership of the Pozzos.

Sean Dyche was first to face the chop only one month into their rein before Gianfranco Zola lasted 75 games as his successor.

Giuseppe Sannino was named the next boss in 2013 but only lasted 46 games before resigning from his role.

Oscar Garcia was next in the managerial spotlight at Watford but was forced to step down due to health problems after just four games.

Billy McKinlay then lasted just two games before Slavisa Jokanovic was appointed manager in October 2014.

Flores’ first rein lasted only 44 games before he was replaced by Walter Mazzarri in 2016.

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26 games under Marco Silva followed before Garcia took charge ahead of Flores’ second appointment earlier this season.

That’s a total of 11 managerial departures in seven years under the Pozzos.

Incredible.

Names have already been thrown around regarding who will be next in the hot seat including Chris Hughton, Mark Hughes and Paul Clement.

However, with Watford’s current managerial record, whoever gets the vacant role is unlikely to stick around for very long.

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