Watford manager, Quique Sanchez Flores will leave the club after their final match of the season tomorrow at Vicarage Road against Sunderland, just as one of his players, Nigerian Odion Ighalo, has expressed shock over the development.
The Spaniard, 51, was appointed in June 2015 following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
The Hornets are 13th on the Premier League table, but have won just two of their past 11 top-flight games.
“The club and I don’t have the same point of view about the season,” said Sanchez, who also guided Watford to the FA Cup semi-finals, where he also dismissed title holders, Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
“We don’t have the necessary conditions to activate the clause to renew my contract, so I will leave Watford as a consequence.
“I felt completely happy with this year and I have enjoyed this experience. We would like to thank Quique,” said a club statement.
“He and the team achieved the target set at the start of the season of staying in the Premier League for a second year.
“Quique leaves with all our best wishes for the future and the knowledge he is always welcome at Vicarage Road.”
Meanwhile, Ighalo has said the sack of his coach ahead of tomorrow’s game came as a shock to him.
“I will say I am shocked the coach is leaving,” Ighalo who remains the Hornets leading scorer this season with 15 goals said on a television programme.
“When we won promotion to the Premier League, the target was for us to achieve 40 points so as to remain in the top league and we did that, and also reached the semi-finals of the FA. He has done a great job.”
The Edo State-born player acknowledged that amid high expectations, Watford struggled in the second round of the season.
“From fighting to stay up, expectations rose and people were talking about us featuring in the Europa League. These expectations messed things up for us. The second half of the season was not good for team and me personally,” Ighalo said.