Watford search for FOURTH manager of season, McKinlay out after just a week - report

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Watford manager Billy McKinlay looks set to leave Vicarage Road after just a week in charge as the Hornets look for their fourth manager of the season.

Watford have made a great start to the Championship season on the field, with 21 points from 11 games handing them third spot in the table. With Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney in good goalscoring form, the Hornets look like strong promotion candidates after a number of fine displays.

Yet off the field, there is turmoil. Giuseppe Sannino started the season as the club's manager, but resigned less than a month into the new campaign, returning to Italy with Catania in September.

In his place came former Brighton and Hove Albion manager Oscar Garcia, who led the Seagulls to the Championship play-offs last season, only to quit in the summer for a return to Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. However, the former Barcelona youth coach lasted less than two months, resigning due to 'political tensions'.

That meant a return to English football with Watford, but he was forced to quit after only 27 days at Vicarage Road following a health scare. After complaining of chest pains, Garcia spent time in hospital and was advised to rest rather than return to management.

His first team coach Billy McKinlay then stepped into the role, picking up four points from his first two games with a win over Brentford and a draw with Brighton. Things looked bright for the Scot, as he'd been waiting for a managerial role for some time having worked as a coach at Fulham and with the Northern Ireland national team.

Yet just a week into his tenure, McKinlay will be leaving the club, according to the Daily Mail. The reasons for his reportedly imminent departure haven't been disclosed, but it leaves owner Giampaolo Pozzo looking for a fourth manager after just two months of the season.

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