Returning Quique Sánchez Flores must plug Watford’s defensive leaks | Simon Burnton

Manager built a side that was renowned for its solidity at the back during his previous stint in charge at Vicarage Road The second coming of Quique Sánchez Flores was completed on Friday when the Spaniard was introduced to the media following his return to Watford , a little over four years after his first appointment and a little under a week after Javi Gracia became the ninth coach in six years to be ushered out of Vicarage Road. In the circumstances, the new/old manager’s refusal to consider his long-term future – “It’s completely unnecessary for a coach to think about what happens next year or in six months when you have all these challenges close to you” – seemed entirely sensible. When Watford were promoted in 2015 , Flores was identified as the ideal candidate to bring a team together, make them hard to beat and ensure their survival in the top flight. When this season started shambolically, the same people at the same club sought someone with an identical skillset and reached an identical conclusion.