Flores wants a ‘new Watford’

But the recently-appointed Hornets boss, who took over after the club decided not to renew the contract of Slavisa Jokanovic despite him securing the club???s promotion to the Premier League, stressed the importance of building on last season???s team spirit.

“I was reading about Watford and their history, which is very important to know when you join a new club. I know they have big stories,??? the former Atletico Madrid manager told Watford’s official website.

“I know about people like Elton John and what he did years ago and Watford have had important players like John Barnes playing at this club as well.

“So it is special to come here and to go into the Premier League, I know that. I feel a passion for my work and I want that to transmit to the fans and players.

“In my mind I have an idea of the new team, of Watford. I will work very hard to achieve something special.”

Watford???s decision to dispense with the services of Jokanovic – who has since become manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv – ??was seen as slightly controversial because of the success he had with the club.

But Sanchez Flores, who took Atletic to Europa League success in 2010, is confident he can build on that and extend the Hornets??? top-flight stay.

“For me the most important thing is the sensation you transmit to the fans, you must connect with the people from Watford and the players,” he added.

“I always want to improve and create something special on the pitch. The idea is to create a team the fans can connect with.”

Watford have already made moves to strengthen the squad, with the free transfer signing of Austrian defender Sebastian Prodl and Lithuanian goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis, with more movement expected ahead of the new campaign.