Category Archives: Billy McKinlay

7th October 2014- Billy McKinlay replaced as Watford head coach by Slavisa Jokanovic

This decision was when the habit of the Pozzos to regularly change head coach really started to be widely commented upon by the wider football community.

BBC Sport: Former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic has replaced Billy McKinlay as Watford boss, only eight days after the Scot was put in charge.

Sky Sports: McKinlay’s reign – the sixth shortest in English football history – followed Oscar Garcia’s four weeks in charge.

The Guardian: “Our job is always to act in the best long-term interests of this football club,” the Watford owner, Gino Pozzo, said in a statement. “There can be no compromise on this – whatever the circumstances. I fully support the view from our technical staff that, given the talented squad which has been assembled and our position in the league, an experienced head coach with a winning pedigree is of primary importance to help ensure the success we are all striving for.”

Watford Observer: We have been told Watford were keen for McKinlay to remain at the club as first team coach, which was the role he was initially hired for on September 26, but that the 45-year-old refused the demotion.

Evening Standard, 7 Oct 2014
Evening Standard, 17 Oct 2014

4th October 2014-Championship, Watford 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1

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BHappy image report:A word for the new Community Stand, part-opened for the first time.  Thank goodness.  Thank the Pozzos.  At long last after so many missed opportunities.  ig might miss the Main Stand, but once you’ve said goodbye to something, you know, you want it to go, you want it to be replaced.


29th September 2014- Oscar Garcia steps down as Watford head coach and is replaced by Billy McKinlay

BBC Sport: Oscar Garcia has stepped down as Watford head coach because of ill health just 27 days into his tenure and has been replaced by Billy McKinlay.

The Guardian: García’s future had become the subject of scrutiny after he was taken to hospital with chest pains on 14 September. It was reported two days later the 41-year-old was still in hospital and in need of more rest. Watford have now confirmed in a statement on their website that, although García’s health was no longer a cause for concern, he needed more time to rest and felt it was best for the club for if he resigned.

Sky Sports: Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, former Dundee United and Blackburn midfielder McKinlay said: “It’s mixed emotions as obviously I was sorry to see Oscar go considering he was the one who offered me the job and appointed me.

Watford Observer: McKinlay joined the Hornets as first team coach on Friday and Oscar has revealed he helped decide the Scot was the right man to replace him as head coach.

Evening Standard, 30 Sep 2014

The Boss Files: Oscar Garcia