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Watford finds its man in former Atletico Madrid boss Quique Flores

Atletico Madrid Europa League Final Media Day

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 6: Coach Quique Sanchez Flores speaks during a press conference prior to the Atletico Madrid training session held ahead of next week’s Europa League Final at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 6, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

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Quique Flores will lead Watford into the Premier League, replacing the man who helped the club achieve automatic promotion.

Flores, 50, led Atletico Madrid to the Europa League title in 2010, and has also managed Valencia and Benfica since retiring from playing in 1997. He had a 14-year playing career spent mainly with Valencia and Real Madrid.

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Flores takes over for Slavisa Jokanovic, who couldn’t come to terms on a new deal with Watford. The BBC says Jokanovic wanted a base salary of $3.8 million, while the Hornets only offered a $1.5 million salary that could be matches with incentives.

Jokanovic won 21 of his 36 matches in charge after stepping into early-season shambles which included a pair of managers who lasted four matches or less.

It’s reportedly a two-year deal for Flores (who looks a bit like Hugh Laurie, doesn’t he?)

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