Deeney laments ‘crazy’ Flores exit

Watford striker Troy Deeney has admitted his displeasure at seeing manager Quique Sánchez Flores leave the club after the Spaniard's good work at Vicarage Road.

The 27-year-old striker enjoyed an impressive debut Premier League campaign with his 13 goals in 38 appearances helping the Hornets to a 13th-placed finish, and he believes the club were wrong to sack their manager.

"His time here has been a success," Deeney said. "He's brought me on a lot as a player. I have nothing but gratitude. We've had 16 new players and he's made it seem effortless.

"Sunderland have been in the bottom three and managed to stay up, and Sam Allardyce is being hailed as a great manager, which he is, for keeping them up.

"But we've seemingly coasted through this season and our gaffer's been sacked. It's one of those crazy ones."

Although the club hierarchy decided to part ways with the former Valencia and Atletico Madrid boss, he believes that he achieved his primary objective in safely navigating the Hornets through their first campaign back in the top flight.

"My job is absolutely complete," Flores said. "The only target we had is to keep the team in the category and the way we did this was amazing.

"We didn't suffer, we enjoyed it, we didn't suffer against the big teams. Always I feel we are in the right way. For me, 45 points is a lot of points for a team just promoted.

"So I hope for next year a lot of players are coming, more players, more quality with the base of this year. I think the normal thing for Watford next year is trying to improve the performance in the Premier League."