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Billy McKinlay to leave Watford after two matches?


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Suggestion is McKinlay didn't have a contract and might join Fulham where he was a coach for 10 years..


I am not sure our players would like Billy Davies' management style!


McGugan certainly wouldn't!


Hasselbaink has been suggested.


We've been used to having managers poached or not last long like Mackay/Rodgers and even Graham Taylor but this is silly! 

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Once linked with the England job wasn't he?

Ooh yes thats an idea......

Graham 'do i not like that' taylor.


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Former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic has replaced Billy McKinlay as Watford boss, only eight days after the Scot was put in charge.

The 46-year-old won back-to-back Serbian titles as Partizan Belgrade manager and joins the Hornets from Spanish third division side Hercules.

He becomes the Championship club's fourth head coach in 37 days.

Ex-Scotland international McKinlay did the job for only two games after Oscar Garcia's departure for health reasons.

Garcia had succeeded Beppe Sannino, who quit on 31 August amid growing tensions between himself and players.

Watford are third in the Championship, level on points with the top two, and 45-year-old McKinlay was unbeaten in his brief spell in charge - a win over Brentford and Saturday's draw against Brighton.

Explaining the decision to replace the former Blackburn midfielder so soon, Watford owner Gino Pozzo said the move was in the "long-term interests" of the club.

"There can be no compromise on this - whatever the circumstances," he said. (external)

"I fully support and endorse the view from our technical staff that, given the talented squad which has been assembled and our position in the league, an experienced head coach with a winning pedigree is of primary importance to help ensure the success we are all striving for.

"The supporters of Watford have always been very understanding towards our project here and I am certain they will continue to do everything they can to support the new coach and his squad."

Jokanovic was a Yugoslavia and then Serbia & Montenegro international midfielder and was signed by Claudio Ranieri for Chelsea from Deportivo in 2000.

He played 53 games in two seasons at Stamford Bridge and retired shortly after, going on to become Partizan boss in 2007.

Between 2007 and 2009 he led Partizan to two consecutive league and cup doubles, and he went on to win the Thai title with Muangthong United in 2012.

Jokanovic speaks fluent Spanish, so would be able to work with Garcia's assistant coaching duo of Ruben Martinez and Javier Pereira, should the pair remain at the club.

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Looks like McKinlay is going too..


Very bizarre and worrying.


No idea what is going on  - players not happy again?


They are becoming a joke....anovic. Still going well at the top of table tho TBF, Almost as many points as managers this season.

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TBF The Pozzos have been pretty good over many aspects of running the club but this saga is rather messy and makes us look silly.


Clearly they had a change of heart with McKinlay but should have just had him in as caretaker then for a trial run.

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