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Champi­onship: Watford head coach Oscar Garcia steps down and is replaced by Billy McKinlay




Championship side Watford have announced that head coach Oscar Garcia has stepped aside after less than a month in charge at the club.

He will be replaced by Billy McKinlay, who Garcia brought to the club as a first team coach a week ago.

In a statement on the club's website, he thanked the club and their fans for their support, and revealed his appointment of McKinlay was with a view to take over his position.

“I was closely involved with the appointment of Billy McKinlay, because I was aware that I may not be able to return,” he said.

“I always wanted an experienced British coach within our set-up, because it’s important to have that mix of cultures and experience with this squad."

“I would like to thank Watford’s fans for their kindness during my time here at the club. I will be hoping to see you all as a Premier League club next season.”

Hornets’ CEO Scott Duxbury added: “Everyone feels it is important that there is continuity in the coaching structure. Ruben Martinez and Javier Pereira will therefore continue as Billy McKinlay’s assistants.

“We appreciate Oscar’s candour in placing the best interest of Watford FC ahead of his own personal thoughts and we wish him well for his future in football.

“In Billy McKinlay, we have someone with the qualities and significant experience to build further on the foundations already laid for a successful season ahead.”

Garcia only took charge of one game for the club, a defeat to Charlton, before he was hospitalised with chest pains. Although the club said he has been given a clean bill of health, he still felt he should step aside for the good of the club.

Watford have made an impressive start to the campaign, and currently sit fourth in the Champi­onship.
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