Watford have brought an end to the speculation surrounding Quique Sanchez Flores’ future by announcing that the Spaniard will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 51-year-old’s final game in charge of the Hornets will be Sunday’s Premier League match against Sunderland which they are 10/1 to win 2-0.
A brief statement on the club’s official website read: “Watford Football Club can confirm that Quique Sanchez Flores will leave Vicarage Road at the end of the season following the Sunderland game this weekend.
“We would like to thank Quique. He and the team achieved the target set them at the start of the season of staying in the Premier League for a second year.
“Quique leaves with all our best wishes for the future and the knowledge he is always welcome at Vicarage Road.”
When Flores succeeded Slavisa Jokanovic in June 2015 following the club’s promotion to the Premier League he was Watford’s fifth boss in a year.
Beppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia, Billy McKinlay and then Jokanovic had all had spells in charge of the club last term.
Former Atletico Madrid manager Flores signed a two-year deal with the club when he was appointed although there was a clause in the contract that allowed him to leave Vicarage Road after one season.
Watford started the season superbly but they have only won two of their last 11 Premier League matches and have slipped to 13th in the table.
Before last month’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Crystal Palace, it was first rumoured that Flores would leave Watford at the end of the season when he was linked with Valencia.
Troy Deeney is available at 11/10 to score at any time on Sunday for a Watford side that can be backed at 13/2 to draw the Sunderland game 1-1.