Photography by Rafael de Pazos

Quique Sánchez Flores

Watford 2019

“Being at Watford opened my mind. I think all of us say that, when we coach in the Premier League, we improve”

In 2015, the well-travelled Quique Sánchez Flores agreed to succeed Slavisa Jokanovic at Watford, and in doing so to become the club’s fifth manager in a year. Sánchez Flores had previously impressed at Valencia and Atlético Madrid, but without having worked in English football he was being asked to prepare an overhauled squad for the challenge posed by the Premier League.

Despite leading them to a promising 13th-placed finish and the semi finals of the FA Cup, where they lost to a Crystal Palace team managed by Alan Pardew, the Spaniard then left the club at the conclusion of the 2015/16 season. In an exclusive interview with The Coaches’ Voice before he returned to Vicarage Road for his second spell in charge this week, he revisits his first year in English football.

Quique Sánchez Flores

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Slavisa Jokanovic

Former Fuham manager Slavisa Jokanovic revisits the approach his team used when winning at Newcastle in the Championship
Quique Sánchez Flores

Something in the head

Quique Sánchez Flores reflects on a coaching journey that started in his schooldays, and why the Premier League is his favourite place to manage
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Quique Sánchez Flores

As Watford prepare to host Liverpool, Quique Sánchez Flores revisits the approach he used to inspire their victory over them in 2015