UPDATE: Xisco Munoz, Watford’s head coach, has left the club.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Watford Head Coach Xisco Munoz looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Huddersfield Town at Vicarage Road on January 16, 2021 in Watford, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Watford have announced that head coach Xisco Munoz has left the club.

Last December, the Spaniard took over at Vicarage Road and guided the Hornets to second place in the Championship, securing promotion to the Premier League.

Watford, on the other hand, have lost four of their first seven Premier League games, including Saturday’s 1-0 loss against Leeds United.

club statement said: “The board feels recent performances strongly indicate a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should be visibly improving.

“The Hornets will always be grateful to Xisco for the part he played in securing last season’s promotion and wish him well for his future career in football.”

He is the fourth Spanish manager to earn a promotion in Football League history, after Roberto Martinez (2007-08, Swansea City), Aitor Karanka (2015-16, Middlesbrough) and Rafael Benitez (2016-17, Newcastle United).

Watford now have two weeks until their next Premier League fixture. They will return from the international break with a home match against Liverpool.

 

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