Watford will show no mercy to struggling Norwich, warns Quique Sanchez Flores

Quique Sanchez Flores warns Watford must show no mercy as they must uphold the integrity of the Premier League and go all out for victory when they finish their campaign against teams fighting for top-flight survival.

The Hornets boss takes his team to Norwich tonight before completing the campaign at home against Sunderland on Sunday. Norwich are teetering on the brink of relegation, with victory over Watford essential for their hopes of staying up. However, even that might not be enough as a Sunderland win at home to Everton tonight would condemn the Canaries.

Flores knows his Watford side could turn out to be the “bad boys” in East Anglia. “I don’t like to play against Norwich and Sunderland because they are fighting against relegation and it’s always very sad, but in this case we are the bad boy in the film. This is our role and we need to play it,” said the Spaniard.

“We need to be competitive and to show everyone that we respect the Premier League, so of course it is a serious match for us.

“Our responsibility is to win and to choose the best team. We need to be competitive, we need to respect the other team, and other teams don’t need to have any doubts about us because we will use the best players we can.”

Despite guiding Watford to safety on their return to the top flight, and in his own maiden Premier League campaign, Flores’ position has come under scrutiny and there have been suggestions he may leave at the end of the season following just four league wins in 2016. Asked about his position, he said: “I am happy here and I am just thinking about the last two matches and trying to get as many points as we can. After that I will go on holiday and spend some time with my family.”

Norwich manager Alex Neil is disappointed by the departure of the club’s chief executive and says he will assess his own position at the end of the season. David McNally announced his resignation following the Canaries’ loss to Manchester United on Saturday, which left the team four points adrift of safety with two games left to play.

Asked if he would consider his own future should Norwich go down, Neil said: “I’ll certainly look at my contribution this season, look at my team individually in terms of their contribution and the bigger picture in terms of the club and what we’ve managed to do on the field and off the field.

“Recruitment is a part of that, a whole load of things needs analysing.

“I’ll speak to the powers that be and the board but I don’t think anything is ever off the table in football. We spoke about Quique Flores earlier on.

“At the end of the season I’ll be judging how I’ve performed, how other people have performed and I’m pretty sure people will be judging me. That’s normal in the Premier League.”

Norwich will be without midfielder Jonny Howson tonight after he suffered a knee injury but Ryan Bennett has recovered and is available.


Lifestyle

With the housing crisis, renovating a run-down property is worth considering if you have the inclination, time, funds and a good team of contractors around you, writes Carol O’CallaghanBehind the scenes in The Great House Revival

More From The Irish Examiner