The ruthless Watford SACK manager Xisco Munoz after just seven games becomes the first Premier League boss to lose his job this season… less than six months after being immediately promoted back to the top
- Watford has sacked his head coach Xisco Munoz after poor form
- The Hornets were beaten 1-0 by Leeds on Saturday and have lost four times so far
- The club has a rich history of taking down bosses – Munoz is seventh in five years
Watford has waved the ax on yet another manager as Xisco Munoz was sacked just seven games into the Premier League season after their 1-0 loss to Leeds.
The Spaniard was hired 10 months ago and led the Hornets to an immediate return to the top, but the board has decided to pull the trigger after a poor recent run that has seen them lose four times.
Sacking managers is nothing new for the Hertfordshire outfit – Munoz is now the seventh boss to bite the dust in the last five years.
Watford has sacked head coach Xisco Munoz after just seven games into the new season
It comes just six months after he led them to promotion in the Premier League in his first season
Watford owner Gino Pozzo is never afraid to swing the ax – he’s fired seven managers in the past five years
In a statement, the club said: “Watford FC confirms that Xisco Munoz has resigned from his position as Head Coach of the club.
‘The Council believes that recent performance strongly points to a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should visibly improve.
“The Hornets will always be grateful to Xisco for the role he played in securing last season’s promotion and wish him all the best for his future football career.
‘No further club comments will be available until the imminent announcement of a new Head Coach.’
The club said recent displays under the Spaniard ‘indicate a negative trend’ with just two wins
Watford finished the 2020-21 championship season with 91 points led by Munoz, finishing second to Norwich City.
That impressive streak looked set to continue into the new Premier League campaign as they caused a shock by knocking Villa down in the season opener, but results have looked shaky since then.
They lost their next three games in a row against Brighton, Tottenham and Wolves before beating relegation rivals Norwich 3-1, before a draw against Newcastle and then a loss to Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
He became the 17th boss to take charge of the club during the reign of owner Gino Pozzo, who has never been afraid to fire a manager when things go bad.
It continues the farcical nature of Watford’s appointments – Quique Sanchez Flores was sacked twice, his second stint lasted just two months
The Italian once fired Billy McKinley after just two months, with a coach rarely staying one season under his tenure. Quique Sanchez Flores was fired after a year in May 2016 before being rehired in September 2019 – and fired in December of the same year.
Nigel Pearson was hired to save the club from relegation in that 2019-20 season, but was barred just two games before the end of the season amid a reported spat with the owners.
Vladimir Ivic was chosen to start the championship rebuilding project that summer, but that lasted until December, when Munoz came in and gave the club a stellar run before it lost momentum in the top flight.
17 WATFORD BOSS IN 10 YEARS
Malkay McKay (fired June 2011)
Sean Dyche (June 2011-July 2012)
Gianfranco Zola (July 2012-December 2013)
Giuseppe Sannino (December 2013-August 2014)
Oscar Garcia (September 2014)
Billy McKinley (September 2014-October 2014)
Slavisa Jokanovic (October 2014-June 2015)
Quique Sanchez Flores (June 2015-May 2016)
Walter Mazzarri (July 2016-May 2017)
Marco Silva (May 2017-January 2018)
Javi Gracia (January 2018-September 2019)
Quique Sanchez Flores (September 2019-December 2019)
Hayden Mullins (caretaker, December 2019)
Nigel Pearson (December 2019-July 2020)
Hayden Mullins (January 2020 janitor)
Vladimir Ivic (August 2020-December 2020)
Xisco Munoz (December 2020-October 2021)