Gomes predicts Flores will be at home
New Watford manager Quique Sánchez Flores will have no problem fitting into the Watford setup, but he will find it a stronger team than the one he left, according to Heurelho Gomes.
Flores returned to the London Colney training ground on Monday morning to be reunited with a number of old friends, including goalkeeper Gomes, who recorded 39 appearances and scooped the Player of the Season award when he last worked under him.
Speaking to the official Watford site, Gomes said that it was going to be easy for the new manager to fit in and adjust to the club after his appointment in place of Javi Gracia at the weekend:
“He knows the club, he knows the training ground, he knows people that still work here behind the scenes, he knows the fans. Of course, this connection is good for us, we are a family club and this connection is very good for the fans; between players and them, between the manager and them.”
Flores left the club in 2016 after steering Watford to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and to a solid mid-table finish in the Premier League in what was their first season in the top flight after earning promotion from the Championship, and Gomes said that the quality of the players that he would be able to work with three years on is much higher, along with the club’s ambition.
According to Gomes, Flores led a team meeting with the new squad on Monday morning ahead of their first training session, and spent time getting to know the players he hadn’t worked with before, as well as explaining how he expects the team to go about their training.
However, the new manager faces a tough test after what has been a difficult start to the season for the Hornets, following defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United and Everton.
A point against Newcastle United in their last Premier League game before the international break was an improvement, and the team also took confidence from a comfortable EFL Cup win against Coventry, but they remain bottom of the table and face difficult fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City in the next two weeks, for which they will be big outsiders with sports betting companies.
Words: Devon McNeill