Capoue urges Watford to keep Quique Flores

Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue has urged the club's owner, Gino Pozzo, to stick with manager Quique Sanchez Flores, despite the Hornets' recent poor run of form.

The newly-promoted outfit performed admirably in the first half of the campaign, but have trailed off in recent months with their safety already assured.

Their poor form of late has led to suggestions that Pozzo was considering making a managerial change at the end of the season.

While he admits there is certainly room for improvement, Capoue feels Flores is the right man to build on what has been a successful campaign for the Hornets.

"Can the team improve? Of course, because it's our first season. We are a new team in the Premier League," the 27-year-old said.

"We expected to have a good year but we have had a very good one with a lot of new players.

"Now he knows everyone and new players will come in next season to reach another step in the Premier League, so why not?

"(His future) is none of my business, I just do my job. But he has had a very good season and he's a good manager."

On his relationship with Flores, Capoue admitted the Spaniard was like a father to him.

He added: "We have a special relationship. It's more human than just talking about football.

"That's what helped to push me on. He's a human being and understands me and I understand him. It's a simple relationship.

"We talk about anything outside football. We try to know each other and what we like. It's like a dad and son, or a big brother and small brother. We have the same relationship."

Former Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly a potential candidate to replace Flores after missing out on the Swansea City job.