Quique Sanchez Flores & Watford
This past weekend, the first Premier League sacking of the season occurred at Watford.
Javi Gracia, months after agreeing a four-and-a-half year deal with the Hornets, was fired.
Watford moved quickly to announce the re-appointment of Quique Sanchez Flores at Vicarage Road.
Flores left the Hornets in 2016 after his first stint at the club.
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Key terms in Watford contract revealed
On Monday in the Times, reporter Gary Jacob has revealed some of the most important clauses in Quique Sanchez Flores’ Watford contract.
Watford have a history of changing their managers with regularity.
However, Flores appears to have the support of Watford for the foreseeable future, as there’s no break clause in his contract. The Times reveal:
Quique Sanchez Flores has signed a two-year contract at Watford that, it is understood, does not include a break clause next summer.
Why is the lack of a break clause interesting?
Because Watford sacked Flores originally by relying on that clause. Gary Jacob noted:
He will start work today having returned to the Premier League club who released him in May 2016 after only 11 months in charge.
At that time the club were able to exercise a break clause in his contract at the end of a season in which Flores had guided Watford to 13th place, their best league finish for 29 years, and an FA Cup semi-final.
Watford’s compensation revealed
Watford’s decision to sack Javi Gracia was pricey.
Over the weekend, The Athletic revealed the cost of Gracia’s sacking:
It is likely that there was a break clause in that contract but the cost of removing Gracia and his staff — including Inigo Arteaga, Juan Solla, Jesus Casa and Zigor Andrade — may still be as much as £8 million, sources said.