Watford have appointed boss Quique Sanchez Flores following the sacking of head coach Javi Gracia only five games into the season.
The 54-year-old Spaniard returns to Vicarage Road after training the Hornets during the 2015/16 season, prior to going to Espanyol, directing them into some 13th-placed finish and also the FA Cup semi-finals.
He stayed before a spell in China with Shanghai Shenhua, which ended in July.
Sanchez Flores led Atletico Madrid into Europa League and European Super Cup glory, also has coached Benfica and Valencia.
After leading Watford win in their last ten matches gracia departed.
They have taken one point from their four Premier League sit bottom of the table and games this season.
However, last season Gracia took Watford to an finish – their greatest in the Premier League – as well as just the FA Cup final in their history.
Chairman Scott Duxbury stated:”Javi has represented Watford with amazing dignity and will always be deserving of their fullest respect because of his achievements.”
A club statement included:”Everybody at the Hornets wants Javi and his team all the very best for the future, and they’ll remain welcome visitors in the future in Vicarage Road.”
Gracia was less than a year into a four-and-a-half year contract at Vicarage Road. Watford also had the choice to extend the deal.

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