Former Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores has signed a two-year deal to become the new Watford head coach. Watford have been expected to appoint former Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores as their new manager after talks to extend SlavisaJokanovic’s contract broke down over his wage demands.
The Serbian former Chelsea defender was appointed as the Hornets’ fourth coach of the season in October, and would go on to guide the club back into the Barclays Premier League as runners-up to Bournemouth. The 50-year-old takes over at the newly-promoted Premier League club after previous roles at Getafe, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.
Previous boss SlavisaJokanovic saw contract talks break down over rumored wage demands, despite being the man to guide the Hornets back into the top flight of English football. Jokanovic’s current deal expires at the end of June, and the 46-year-old is understood to have been offered significantly improved terms of around £1million basic salary, plus another £1million in performance-based payments. Jokanovic’s reported wage demands would have broken the pay structure at Vicarage Road.
Jokanovic was Watford’s fourth manager of the season when appointed last October, but Sky Sports News claims that the club have opted to bring in another new face. Sanchez Flores is expected to bring an impressive CV to England, having guided Atletico Madrid to the Europa League title in 2010 with a win over Fulham in the final, as well as coaching in Portugal at Benfica and more recently with Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.
Flores began his managerial career in 2001 following his long terms in Valencia as a player, when he took charge of Real Madrid’s youth team. After winning plaudits during his time there, he was approached about the manager’s job at newly promoted Getafe CF, also in Madrid. After an impressive 2004–05 with Getafe, which managed to finish a respectable 13th place, Flores was given the opportunity to coach former club Valencia, succeeding Claudio Ranieri.
Flores has been keen on a move to the Premier League for a while now. He has been learning English for some time and he arrives with an excellent reputation in Spain. He becomes the fifth Spaniard to manage in the Premier League, following in the footsteps of Rafa Benitez, Roberto Martinez, Juande Ramos and Pepe Mel.
Meanwhile, in the squad, Watford have announced the signing of Lithuanian goalkeeper GiedriusArlauskis. The 27-year-old will move to Vicarage Road after winning the Romanian title with Steaua Bucharest in 2014-2015, the English club announced on their website.