Watford's confusing managerial sacking could be a masterstroke

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When Quique Sanchez Flores was sacked by Watford at the end of last season, many people were surprised, and some Watford fans were genuinely disappointed, and so they should have been.

Flores guided a Watford team to a solid Premier League finish straight from the Championship, and the semi final of the FA cup.

The sacking came after a tepid second half of the season, but Watford fans still felt that Flores should have been given the chance to try and replicate the inspiring form they witnessed at the beginning of the campaign.


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This isn't the first time such a confusing sacking has happened in Premier League, and the last case was incredibly recent.

Sam Allardyce was forced to part from West Ham United, even though the club had a good season, but again, the season stumbled towards the end.

At the time, Hammers fans felt uncertain at parting from the vastly experienced 'Big Sam', but no one seems to be complaining now.

In came Slaven Bilic, in came Dimitri Payet, and thanks to them, came a fantastic season, with the club securing Europa League football, and at times, playing brilliantly.

So Watford are hoping for a burst to spring them to a higher level of football. From what we've seen of the Hornets, the new manager effect alone should at least keep them safe in the league.

The new manager effect tends to bring underperforming players up to their normal standards, just by having a fresh face in charge.

There is one man the club are desperate to bring back to his peak - Odion Ighalo. When the season started, the goals were flying in from the striker, and he was one of the unstoppable forces of the league.

However, the goals dried up, although no one can put their finger on the reason. The board of Watford will hope the new face of Walter Mazzarri can bring the forward back to his stellar form.

What other parallels can be drawn to West Ham when Bilic came in?

A lot of the Hammers' fine performances came down to the hard work of their captain, Mark Noble. Fortunately, the Hornets have their own captain fantastic, Troy Deeney. No one will work harder than Deeney, and he is the man that personifies the work ethic and style of play of the club.

The only component the team is missing to do a 'West Ham' is the pure genius of the classy playmaker, Payet. Bilic installed great ideas into the team, but the French player was the key to taking them to the next caliber.

If Watford can sign a player of that type, their fans can have great hope for next season. The club will be looking to move at least into the top half of the table, which would be a fantastic achievement, considering the congestion of teams competing for the top places.

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