There was controversy in the air around Vicarage Road today as Watford FC appointed their fourth manager in six weeks!
Watford appointed today their fourth manager in six weeks – Slavisa Jokanovic – to replace Billy McKinlay who only lasted 8 days in the job. Jokanovic, the former Chelsea player, takes charge after being gaffer on Spanish third division side Hercules. The Serb led Serbian side Partizan Belgrade to the double in 2007-08 and the following season, before moving onto a Thai team in an up-and-down managerial career.
The development means Watford are already on their 4th boss of the season! They began the campaign with Beppe Sannino as manager, but he resigned on the last day of August due to rumours of a rift in the dressing-room and was replaced by former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia. However, he spent a week in hospital enduring chest pains just one game into his reign and was duly replaced by Billy McKinlay, hired just three days before to be Garcia’s assistant boss. Yet, after being hired just last Monday, he refused to accept a reduced role in which he would work under the new manager, Jokanovic.
Billy McKinlay’s (above) dismissal ends one of the shortest managerial reigns on record! He lies behind Kevin Cullis, Dave Basset and Leroy Rosenior in the shortest reigns table. The former, Rosenior, was in charge of Torquay for just 10 minutes!
Despite the sticky situation, Jokanovic takes charge of a team lying third in the Championship and showing many signs of promise. They may well be promoted if Jokanovic’s spell is successful, but the Watford omens are clearly not good. In fact, just five days ago, McKinlay told a newspaper;
The players, the owner and the supporters are all desperate to get there [the Premier League] and I’m desperate to get there.
The potential here is unlimited as the facilities are very good and the owner is very ambitious