Tuesday July 21
If someone were to tell me that a team which had four different managers during the course of a season was able to earn a promotion, my first instinct would be to ask that person if they were having a go at me. Yet that is exactly what Watford F.C. was able to do during their 2014-15 Football League Championship campaign; despite having having three separate managerial changes in the first three months of the season, the Hornets and their fourth manager (Slaviša Jokanović) were able to right the ship and win 19 of their final 27 matches, earning a place in the Premier League for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. Almost immediately after being promoted, however, Watford found itself in a familiar position as the team was unable to come to terms with Jokanović regarding a new contract and once again found itself without a manager. Spaniard Quique Flores is now at the helm and looks to install his 4-2-3-1 with a team that has seen over a dozen moves in the current transfer window.
Nickname: The Hornets
Manager: Quique Flores
2014-15 Finish: 2nd Place, Football League Championship (promoted)