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Quique Sanchez Flores is to leave Watford at the end of the season, the Premier League club has announced.
Flores joined Watford in June 2015 following the club's promotion from the Championship and he enjoyed a bright start to his career at Vicarage Road as the Hornets sat in the top half of the Premier League. However, a drop in form since the turn of the year has seen them slip to 13th in the table ahead of Sunday's finale against Norwich.
Despite reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup and secured the club's top flight status, Flores has faced constant questions about his future and the club has confirmed the 51-year-old will leave after the end of the season.
"Watford Football club can confirm that Quique Sanchez Flores will leave Vicarage Road at the end of the season following the Sunderland game this weekend," a statement from the Hornets read.
"We would like to thank Quique. He and the team achieved the target set them at the start of the season of staying in the Premier League for a second year.
"Quique leaves with all our best wishes for the future and the knowledge he is always welcome at Vicarage Road."
Flores met with officials on Thursday and admits a difference in opinion has resulted in his exit.
“Yesterday I had a meeting of the club to review the season, after that I confirm the club and I do not have the same point of view about the season,” Flores told reporters shortly after news of his departure was confirmed.
“So we don’t have the necessary conditions to activate the clause to renew the contract. My contract finishes at the end of June, then I’ll leave Watford, this is the consequence.
“I’m very grateful to the players, amazing favour and feeling from the fans, I love the Watford fans, I felt completely happy this year, I’ve enjoyed the experience. We have a lot of reasons to be happy because we enjoyed this amazing journey. A lot of good memories from this season.”
Former Napoli and Inter boss Walter Mazzarri is the frontrunner to take over at Vicarage Road with some reports claiming he has already agreed a three-year deal.