Wednesday 28 September 2016

Possible candidates to replace Quique Sanchez Flores at Watford

Published 13/05/2016 | 17:26

Quique Sanchez Flores is leaving Watford
Quique Sanchez Flores is leaving Watford

Watford are searching for a new manager following the announcement Quique Sanchez Flores will depart at the end of the season.

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The 51-year-old Spaniard will leave after Sunday's final game against Sunderland, despite leading the Hornets to mid-table security in their first campaign back in the Premier League and an FA Cup semi-final.

Here Press Association Sport examines five possible successors.

WALTER MAZZARRI

Reported to be Watford's first choice, the former Inter Milan and Napoli boss is an experienced operator even if his last post ended with his sacking at San Siro. He has never played or managed outside of Italy so it could be something of a gamble.

ROBERT MARTINEZ

The Spaniard's CV has been tarnished by his failure at Everton but he will not be out of work for long and remains a respected figure in the game. Martinez has previously flourished in roles without the same pressure as the one he has just left behind at Goodison Park.

DAVID MOYES

Moyes has been linked with a move back to Everton but if that post is filled by a rival, the former Manchester United boss could find a home at Vicarage Road. He has been out of work since being sacked by Real Sociedad in November.

ROBERTO DI MATTEO

Touted as favourite to take over at Aston Villa after resigning from Schalke 04 last year, but might be an option for Watford. Di Matteo won the Champions League with Chelsea, which may sway Watford's ambitious owners.

MANUEL PELLEGRINI

The Chilean is stepping aside at Manchester City to allow Pep Guardiola to come in but is keen to remain in the Premier League. Luring a big name like Pellegrini to Vicarage Road would raise the profile of the club.

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