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7th September 2019- Javi departs and Quique Sanchez Flores returns

Watford appoint Quique Sanchez Flores as head coach following Javi Gracia’s departure

Where did it go wrong for Javi Gracia at Watford?

Gerard Deulofeu and Kiko Femenia thank former Watford boss Javi Gracia

Javi Gracia claims Watford sacking was unexpected

Watford: Quique Sanchez Flores reappointed after Javi Gracia exit

Watford sack Javi Gracia, Quique Sanchez Flores returns

Watford sack Javi Gracia and reappoint Quique Sánchez Flores

Watford reappoint Quique Sanchez Flores to replace sacked Javi Gracia

Whatever your reaction, to Javi’s departure, it’s surely not surprise.  As countless pub-bore pundits have no doubt already reminded you, this is What Watford Do.  (One might be forgiven for thinking that this is ALL Watford have done, since getting promoted, such is the limited range of opinion of such pundits.  Chelsea, Huddersfield, Fulham, Southampton and West Brom have all had three managers during Javi’s Watford reign, incidentally).

We weren’t going to do a podcast this week. We were going to rest and let our brains think about something other than Watford – it didn’t last long. Late on Saturday afternoon, you probably know this, Watford announced that Javi Gracia was leaving the club as head coach. 31 minutes later, we found that he was going to be replaced by an old friend, Enrique ‘Quique’ Sanchez Flores. 

7th September 2002- New Division One, Watford 2 Walsall 0

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The first third is best forgotten as we were completely ineffective. Our first shot of any note came in the second thirty minutes, when a twenty-five yard drive by Ardley which was heading for the top corner was tipped over, and our first offside occurred shortly afterwards. We were thankful to be going in level at half-time.

The double substitution was welcomed like a rain shower after years of drought. Amid all the fuss over Anthony McNamee, we shouldn’t neglect to mention Jamie Hand. Apart from the obligatory booking for a needless hack, he immediately gave the midfield some much-needed oomph, if nothing else…and it cannot have been coincidental that we began to see Micah Hyde again at around the same time.

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7th September 1997- New Division Two, Watford 2 Wycombe Wanderers 1

The game was played 24 hours after the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales where Elton John had performed a reworked version of ‘Candle in the Wind’. He came to the game and was given a standing ovation before kick-off.

BSAD report: There’s been a lot of talk about “putting football in perspective” during recent days, most of it well-intentioned but misguided. I doubt if any of us have so many moments of unbridled joy in our lives that we can afford to pick and choose – those occasional flash-gun instants of ecstasy that football can produce amid the monotony are not devalued by context.

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Taken from the programme on 16th September 1997- League Cup Second Round First Leg, Watford 1 Sheffield United 1

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16th September 1997- League Cup Second Round First Leg, Watford 1 Sheffield United 1

7th September 1996- New Division Two, Watford 1 Stockport County 0

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BSAD imageBSAD report: The first half was quite monstrously dull, so much so that I was reduced to reading the newspaper confetti underneath my seat. Very very VERY tedious. There was no lack of effort on the part of the players, merely an absence of constructive and incisive passing. In truth, Stockport had rather the better of the play – they never really threatened our goal and Kevin Miller didn’t have a testing save to make but they certainly enjoyed the majority of the possession, particularly at the start of the half.

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7th September 1993-Division One, Watford 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

The England game Glenn Roeder refers to was England v Poland which Graham Taylor’s side won 3-0 at Wembley.  It was a vital win which meant qualification to the World Cup in the United States was still possible.  The following game saw England lose 2-0 away to the Netherlands that all but ended their hopes.

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18th September 1993- New Division One, Watford 3 Notts County 1