New Watford boss relishes the challenge ahead

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New Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores insists he has no fears after becoming the club’s fifth coach in the space of 12 months.

Giuseppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia, Billy McKinlay and Slavisa Jokanovic all managed Watford in the Championship last season as the club achieved promotion to the Premier League but Flores is confident that the club’s owner Giampaolo Pozzo sees him as the man to take his club forward in the long-term.

Spanish boss Flores was formally presented to the media during a press conference at Vicarage Road on Tuesday afternoon and the former Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Valencia man quickly set out his vision for the club.

‘Sometimes these things happen and sometimes situations are complicated,’ Flores said. ‘I have spoken to Oscar Garcia and he spoke very well of the club. Mr Pozzo is a good person, he explained the project very clearly to me.

‘I have to say thank you to my predecessor Slavisa Jokanovic as well. I don’t want to forget that he took this club to promotion and the fans should not forget that. Football is football, though, and now we must continue with the same spirit.

‘Our main target is to stay in the Premier League. We are trying to add experience. I am very happy to be working here in England and we want to do something special and transmit something special to the fans. We want to connect with the fans, create a huge atmosphere and leave the fans feeling that the day of the match is the best day in the world.

‘I have been influenced by managers such as Rafa Benitez in my early days as a coach and I like to have a compact defence. However, with time you find a balance and now I like to play expressive football and get the players playing with confidence. I like to defend well and play well.’

Flores trained with his players for the first time on Tuesday afternoon and he is hoping to add to his squad in the coming weeks.

Watford will announce the signing of striker Matej Vydra from Udinese within the next 24 hours while they have also agreed a fee with Genoa for winger Diego Perotti.

The club, however, are fearful that interest from leading European clubs Inter Milan and Valencia will see him end up elsewhere.

They have, however, missed out on midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic from Inter Milan. The Serbian signed for FC Basel on Tuesday.