Watford have sacked head coach Xisco Munoz after less than 10 months in office, with the club ranked 14th in the Premier League.

The Spaniard replaced Vladimir Ivic in December 2020 and led the club to automatic promotion out of the championship last season.

Watford have won seven points from their first seven league games, with Munoz’s last game being a loss to Leeds on Elland Road on Saturday – described as a “1-0 blow” by goalkeeper Ben Foster.

In an association statement it says: “The board of directors is of the opinion that the latest performance strongly suggests a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should be visibly improving.

“The Hornets will always be grateful to Xisco for his role in promotion last season and wish him all the best for his future career in football.

“No further comment from the club will be available until the upcoming announcement of a new head coach.”

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