Leeds United managerial target reveals 'easy' Watford decision

Watford Vicarage Road

Oscar Garcia has revealed that choosing Watford was a simple decision, with ‘everything ready for success’ at the Championship club.

The former Barcelona midfielder and Brighton head coach was confirmed as the Hornets head coach on Tuesday, following the departure of Beppe Sannino.

The 41-year old - who led a weak Brighton squad to the play-off semi-finals last season - has arrived in Hertfordshire with the club sitting in second place - having won 12 points out of a potential 15. It is a strange situation to have arrived in, with the club in seemingly capable hands, and Garcia has admitted that the potential for success is higher at Vicarage Road than at any other club.

Speaking to the official Watford website following his first full day with the club, Garcia revealed that when Watford came calling, it was an easy decision to decide his future.

The former Spanish youth international said: “It would always be the right timing to be interested in working for Watford.

“Of course, any coach would love to start their work with a full pre-season, to work exactly how you would want to, but this is okay – I am coming into a very positive position.

"Everything is ready for success here and it is my job to do my best to bring success to Watford. This is my hope as I arrive here.”

Garcia was also in talks with Championship rivals Leeds, as well as an unknown Spanish team, but the way the Hornets have started this season made the coach - who has worked with such footballing greats as Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola - relish the challenge of fighting for promotion.

“I think Watford has started well last season too – so it is important we must keep things this way now.

“It’s okay to start well but what matters more is to finish well.”

Coming from a foreign background, Garcia is under no allusions as to what his role will consist of, with Watford’s Italian owners favouring a head coach to work with the playing squad, and a Director of Football to work behind the scenes.

“In Europe it is usual; normal to have this set-up,” he explained.

“I will be on the pitches with the players, helping them, assessing them. There are staff working hard for the club taking care of the other things.

“I must be with the players all the time to make decisions and judgments about them – this is important.

“To be teaching players, watching, to manage my players and staff away from the pitches too. All this information is important to me as Head Coach.”

Aside from spending a spell with Barcelona as a player, Garcia also coached their academy teams, before taking his first full-time managing role with Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv. In his first and only season in charge, Maccabi won their first Premier League title for 10 years, playing a style of football heavily influenced by his Catalan roots.

With the outstanding technical ability of the Hornets squad, if Garcia can get them playing the football that he has envisioned, it should come as no surprise to see Watford fighting for promotion come the end of the season.

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