sport news What is going on at FA Cup finalists Watford as they slide towards relegation?

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It is easy to forget just how well last season went for Watford until they stepped on the hallowed turf of Wembley.

They had just finished the Premier League campaign with a record points total of 46. For the first time ever, a manager had survived the summer and was about to lead them into a third campaign.

Not only that, but they had given their supporters a day out by reaching the FA Cup final. Then Manchester City happened.

Watford and Quique Sanchez Flores seem like they are sliding towards relegation

Watford and Quique Sanchez Flores seem like they are sliding towards relegation

The players show their dejection as they lose another game against Chelsea at the weekend

The players show their dejection as they lose another game against Chelsea at the weekend

It is easy to forget that they were led into an FA Cup final by Javi Gracia in May this year

It is easy to forget that they were led into an FA Cup final by Javi Gracia in May this year

A 6-0 tonking by Pep Guardiola's relentless machine can upset the confidence of even the best sides, but few would have predicted the complete collapse Watford have managed since.

Javi Gracia, the man who achieved a feat that no other Hornets boss has managed in recent years - surviving a summer - was sacked after picking up just one point from the first four games of the season. They had also not won in the league since April.

He was replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores, who had already held the post between 2015 and 2016.

It has not been easy for Flores to settle back into the job, and seven games on from his re-appointment, Watford are still yet to pick up three points. Just two games into the post, he went to the Etihad and came away with an 8-0 defeat to his name.

Watford have been on the end of two drubbing defeats by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City

Watford have been on the end of two drubbing defeats by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City

They suffered a 9-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium in September after their 6-0 FA Cup final defeat

They suffered a 9-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium in September after their 6-0 FA Cup final defeat

They are, if the numbers are crunched, on target to pick up just 17 points all season.

After the City thrashing and the poor start, it's no surprise fans are turning. Flores is already being jeered for his substitutions. 

On Saturday, he decided to take Daryl Janmaat off for Kiko Femenia with Watford two goals behind against Chelsea. Rather than trying to make a positive alteration, such as bringing on Isaac Success, he chose to swap two of his defenders.

Flores accepted the reaction and said: 'It's normal because sometimes in the stands we are reading a different match and probably they are thinking we have one striker on the bench. But from my point of view I have the feeling with [Daryl] Janmaat we are not deep anymore.

Flores has suggested that the injury suffered by Craig Cathcart was due to the pressure

Flores has suggested that the

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