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Watford consider stop-gap manager after sacking Quique Sanchez Flores (Mail)

  /  autty

Watford are considering making a stop-gap appointment to see them through to the end of the season.

The Hornets are searching for their third manager of the season following Quique Sanchez Flores's dismissal on Sunday and are weighing up opting for a short-term appointment.

Watford, who made their first change when they parted with Javi Garcia in September, are rock-bottom of the Premier League after 14 games and already six points from safety. They have won just once in the league so far this season.

And if they are unable to get out of trouble, securing a manager until the end of the campaign will allow them to reassess in the summer and also avoid having the burden of a manager on a Premier League worthy contract while they are operating with a Championship budget.

As revealed by Sportsmail on Monday Watford's players are keen for the next boss to be British having seen the club appoint foreign managers nine out of the last 10 times they have made a change.

Two who fit that bill, Chris Hughton and Paul Clement, have already been spoken to about the vacancy.

Meanwhile, Hayden Mullins is on standby to lead Watford in both games this week.

Under-23 coach Mullins has been placed in temporary charge of the Hornets following Flores sacking. Watford travel to Leicester on Wednesday before hosting Crystal Palace on Saturday.

After that they then have a week-long gap before they travel to runaway league leaders Liverpool.

Mullins is understood to have been told Watford are unlikely to be in position to have Flores's replacement in the stands at the King Power Stadium.

And the prospect of him remaining in charge for Palace's visit to Vicarage Road has also not been ruled out.

Watford hope to make swift progress in their recruitment of a third manager this season following Wednesday's clash with high-flying Leicester. Flores left Watford for the second time following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Southampton.

He managed to win only one of his ten games in charge and his second spell as Hornets boss lasted just three months.

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