Report: Watford manager's job is under threat

Watford have been on a dismal run of form since the turn of the year, picking up just three league wins.

The Daily Mail are reporting that Quique Sánchez Flores's job as Watford manager is under threat due to his side's slump in form since the turn of the new year.

The newspaper claims that the club's board are considering potential European replacements, even though the Hornets sit comfortably in mid-table and have a FA Cup semi-final on the horizon against Crystal Palace.

Sánchez Flores's men earned a vital three points last time out at West Bromwich Albion which all but assured Watford's safety, and their first season back in the Premier league must surely be looked at as a success. Add to that their wonderful cup run, and it is hard to fathom why the board would even be considering alternatives to their Spanish manager.

The Mail also report that owner Gino Pozzo has been seen regularly at the training ground, and is concerned about how the former Valencia coach has handled Watford's nosedive since January. There are also concerns about his training methods.

The Watford owners are notorious for their hire-fire mentality. Sánchez Flores was their fifth managerial appointment in a year when he took over in the summer.

The Hornets head to Upton Park tonight in a game that could mathematically ensure their survival, and surely Watford fans will be hoping that Sanchez Flores does not join the recent long line of managers disposed of by the owners.

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