Watford sacked their second manager before Christmas this season, as Quique Sanchez Flores was dismissed on Saturday, with two former Newcastle managers being considered to replace him.

The Hornets lost to Southampton at the weekend, and it saw the club wield the axe afterwards, despite Sanchez Flores only being in the role less than three months.

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BBC Sport reported the Watford announcement said a replacement would be appointed “imminently”, which has led to speculation of it being a manager not currently working.

Two of the names mentioned subsequently, are former Newcastle managers Chris Hughton and Sam Allardyce, although Paul Clement’s name is also thought to be in the frame.

Chris Hughton would be the ideal manager for Watford

Chris Hughton would be an ideal candidate for the role, given the fantastic job he did when he got his opportunity at Newcastle.

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His sacking from St James’ Park has always been considered as harsh, but did not affect his standing in the game, with him having spells at Birmingham City and Norwich afterwards.


He also worked miracles at Brighton, getting the club promoted alongside Newcastle in 2017, and then kept them in the Premier League on a small budget.

He was sacked last season, after a poor run of form, but a return to the fold at Watford would be a shrewd move by the Hornets.

Allardyce is also in the frame

Allardyce, of course, had spells in charge at Newcastle and Sunderland, and is reported to have some support in the Watford boardroom as a potential successor to Sanchez Flores.

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Whether his style of football would go down well with the fans, is another question, but the former England manager showed at Sunderland that he can get the best out of a struggling side and keep them in the Premier League.

In the position Watford are currently in, they need to bring in a manager who is capable of seeing them to safety in a relatively short time, and Hughton would be the perfect man for the job, as I am sure many Newcastle fans would agree.

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