Watford have sacked Quique Sánchez Flores as manager in what will be the club’s second managerial change of the season already.
Reports claim the club may be set to bring in Chris Hughton as replacement.
Flores’s job was hanging by a thread after Watford’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton with the patience at boardroom level having snapped with the Spaniard.
The 54-year-old had failed to reverse the side’s slump since returning to Vicarage Road in September, winning only one of his 10 league games since replacing Javi Gracia, who was sacked after a poor start to the season.
Watford are bottom of the Premier League and six points from safety.
“With regret, Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Quique Sánchez Flores,” read a statement from chief executive and chairman Scott Duxbury.
“Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision.
“The appointment of a new head coach is imminent, and with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.”
Watford’s board started interviewing candidates last week and it is thought that Hughton has a good chance of being given the job.
He has been out of work since being fired by Brighton at the end of last season and he is keen to land a role at a Premier League side.
He turned down an offer to join Cardiff City, who are 10th in the Championship, earlier this season.