Watford skipper Troy Deeney could play for the Reggae Boyz if he wanted to, and the country’s federation, The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has asked him as much.

Javi Gracia described his sacking by Watford as "unexpected" and "abrupt" but insisted he has not fallen out with the club's owners after he was replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores.

Watford terminated Gracia's contract on Saturday after the Hornets claimed just one point from their first four games of the Premier League season.

The decision to bring the curtain down on Gracia's 20-month spell in charge came as a surprise to the Spanish manager, who reflected on having delivered a mid-table top-flight finish and a run to the FA Cup final in 2018-19.

In a statement, he said: "After the unexpected announcement about the termination of my contract after only four matches, I want to express my surprise after completing the best season in Watford's history."

Gracia took charge at Vicarage Road in January 2018 and helped the club to a 14th-placed finish, picking up three wins and a draw from his first five matches in charge.

Watford then started the 2018-19 season in fine form, winning their first four league games, and Gracia's position appeared to be secure after he guided them to the FA Cup final.

Hornets captain Troy Deeney spoke in support of Gracia before he was dismissed, and the 49-year-old paid tribute to those who backed him during his spell at the club.

"I respect this decision and I'd like to reassure the excellent relationship I have with [Watford owner] Gino Pozzo and [technical director] Filippo Giraldi, and this is not going to change despite my abrupt exit of the club," Gracia said.

"I am grateful to this club for allowing me to manage this great club in the Premier League, it has been an incredible experience, with very special moments like the FA Cup final I had the privilege to enjoy."

Quique Sanchez Flores has been appointed Watford's new head coach - half an hour after Javi Gracia's sacking was confirmed.

Gracia's departure was announced on Saturday with the Hornets bottom of the Premier League table after taking one point from four games.

He led Watford to the FA Cup final and an 11th place finish in the Premier League last term but was dismissed despite captain Troy Deeney publicly backing him to continue.

Watford wasted no time in announcing the club's former coach Flores will be back in the dugout at Vicarage Road for their game against Arsenal following the international break.

Flores spent the 2015-16 season in charge of Watford, leading them to the FA Cup semi-finals and a mid-table league finish.

Since leaving the Hornets, he has had spells at Espanyol and Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

Flores' return is the 11th coaching appointment made by Watford since Malky Mackay's departure in June 2011.

Walter Mazzarri and Marco Silva, who is now in charge of Everton, are among their recent bosses.

Watford have sacked head coach Javi Gracia four games into the new Premier League season.

The Hornets are bottom of the table having taken a single point but last term Gracia led them to the FA Cup final, where they were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City.

Watford's poor form dates back to the end of the 2018-19 season, which they finished with three straight defeats.

"Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements," said chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury.

Watford confirmed Gracia's staff will also be leaving the club, with the Hornets indicating a swift replacement will be appointed.

Club captain Troy Deeney suggested in a recent interview that Gracia should be given time to turn the team's fortunes around.

"The manager is a big boy, he knows what he's doing – it's just part and parcel of the game," Deeney told Sky Sports. "People are always going to question the manager if we've lost a few games.

"It doesn't just happen at Watford, it happens everywhere, but the high turnover of managers at Watford was four or five years ago. Everyone thinks every year we change the manager and get a new one. We are trying to settle down."

Watford have had 10 bosses since Malky Mackay's departure in June 2011, with Walter Mazzarri and Marco Silva among their recent coaches.

Former boss Quique Sanchez Flores has been linked with returning to take charge at Vicarage Road.

Troy Deeney expects Watford's owners to debunk their ruthless reputation by backing under-pressure head coach Javi Gracia.

Last season's beaten FA Cup finalists sit bottom of the Premier League after four matches and are without a win in the top flight since April 20.

Gracia was linked with the Chelsea job during the close season but now faces a test of his leadership at Vicarage Road.

Reports emerging before the international break suggested time was against the Spaniard, who became the club's fifth boss in roughly three and a half years when he replaced Marco Silva in January 2018.

Captain and key striker Deeney is confident Gracia has nothing to worry about, insisting the revolving door of the past has closed.

"The manager is a big boy, he knows what he's doing - it's just part and parcel of the game," Deeney told Sky Sports.

"People are always going to question the manager if we've lost a few games.

"It doesn't just happen at Watford, it happens everywhere. But the high turnover of managers at Watford was four or five years ago. Everyone thinks every year we change the manager and get a new one.

"We are trying to settle down."

Watford finished a creditable 11th last season but have encountered problems at both ends of the pitch this term, scoring a league-low two goals while conceding eight.

"Naturally, you're always going to get people putting pressure on us," Deeney added.

"We haven't been great but we aren't trying to hide from that."

Deeney, 31, has missed three competitive games since undergoing a minor knee operation.

Watford are yet to set a specific timeframe for his return.

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