Reports explain Watford's stance regarding Roger Schmidt and Jose Angel Ziganda

A general view during the Premier League match between Watford and Everton at Vicarage Road on February 24, 2018 in Watford, England.

Roger Schmidt and Jose Angel Ziganda made their name in the Bundesliga and La Liga but it seems unlikely they will join Premier League outfit Watford.

German football manager Roger Schmidt says goodbye to fans of Beijing Guoan at airport on August 4, 2019 in Beijing, China.

Watford’s search for a new manager goes on with neither Roger Schmidt nor Jose Angel Ziganda expected to take over from Quique Sanchez Flores at Vicarage Road.

Sanchez Flores bit the bullet on Sunday, less than 24 hours after The Hornets’ Premier League six-pointer with Southampton ended with a sting in the tail. Watford were a goal up with quarter of an hour to go but contrived to lose at St Mary’s, a result which leaves them bottom of the table with a single win to their name.

The Hertfordshire outfit were hoping to bring in a new coach as soon as possible but it seems that they are no closer to a solution.


53-year-old Ziganda, who won just 30 per cent of his games during a disappointing season at Athletic Bilbao in 2017/18, was interviewed on Thursday though Sky Sports claim that Watford will now be looking elsewhere.

Maybe for the best, given that the Spaniard has a far from impressive managerial record and almost ruined his legendary reputation at Athletic by putting a proud old club at risk of relegation for the first time in their history.

Head coach Jose Angel Ziganda of Athletic Club looks on prior to the start the La Liga match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Betis Balompie at San Mames Stadium on May 5, 2018 in...

According the Standard, former Bayer Leverkusen boss Schmidt is also ‘unlikely’ to arrive at Vicarage Road due to Watford’s precarious position at the foot of the table.

The German, who left Beijing Guoan in July, is famed for his high-tempo, high-pressing style of football and, in an interview with the Mirror (2 November 2016, page 67) expressed his admiration for Jurgen Klopp. He also won the domestic double with Red Bull Salzburg in 2014.

Schmidt certainly would have brought some excitement to last season’s FA Cup finalists, potentially getting the very best out of Gerard Deulofeu and co, but there’s no guarantee that he would lead them to safety.

Head coach Roger Schmidt of Beijing Guoan reacts during 2019 China Super League between Beijing Guoan and Chongqing SWM Motors at Beijing Workers Stadium on July 10, 2019 in Beijing, China.

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