Flores joined Watford last summer and enjoyed a solid debut season at Vicarage Road, guiding the club to a safe mid-table position in the Premier League and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.
However, a slump in form during the second half of the campaign has caused a bit of tension around the club, and Watford’s Pozzo family have reacted by seeking a replacement this summer.
Bilic, however, has called the decision sick as he suggests most tipped the Hornets to go down this season.
“It’s crazy. I’m sorry for Quique. It’s completely wrong, they’ve had a fantastic season,” Bilic was quoted as saying by the Daily Record.
“As far as I know if someone had offered Watford that...before the season everyone predicted they were likely candidates to go down. Yet they were never in danger and until January or February they were in the top eight, or top 10.”
“Add to that they play good football, and add to that they were in the semi-final of the FA Cup, beating Arsenal away. People say it’s common in Europe, it’s common in England, but it’s completely wrong, it’s sick.”
The former Atletico Madrid manager’s imminent exit from Watford doesn’t come as a surprise, especially considering he club went through four different managers during their promotion campaign last season.
Watford have a decent squad, and the people in charge arguably feel improvements can be made. Flores, alongside Bilic at West Ham, can look back on what has been a successful season at their respective clubs and some could argue Watford’s loss will soon be another club’s gain.