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Watford announce fourth manager in six weeks

Watford have announced their fourth manager in six weeks, appointing Slavisa Jokanovic as boss.

The former Chelsea midfielder replaces Billy McKinlay as head coach, after the Scot managed just eight days in charge.

Slavisa Jokanovic has previously managed Partizan Belgrade and Hercules. Credit: Reuters

Speaking about the arrival of Jokanovic, owner Gino Pizzo said: "Our job is always to act in the best long-term interests of this football club. There can be no compromise on this - whatever the circumstances.

"I fully support and endorse the view from our technical staff that, given the talented squad which has been assembled and our position in the league, an experienced head coach with a winning pedigree is of primary importance to help ensure the success we are all striving for."

Watford manager set to leave after eight days

Billy McKinlay is eyeing a quick departure. Credit: PA

Watford will be searching for their fourth manager in just over a month, as Billy McKinlay is set to depart Vicarage Road after just two games in charge.

The former Scotland midfielder replaced Oscar Garcia as head coach after the Spaniard was forced to quit due to health reasons, picking up four points from the six available.

Garcia only arrived in September following the resignation of Giuseppe Sannino.

After eight days at the helm it looks certain the Watford boss will leave the Championship's third-placed club, but it remains unclear whether he has resigned or been sacked.

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Watford FC striker jailed for club attack

Watford FC striker Troy Deeney has been jailed for 10 months for taking part in a savage attack on a group of students outside a nightclub.

The 23-year-old was caught on CCTV as he kicked one of the victims in the head during a night out, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Watford FC striker Troy Deeney was caught on CCTV as he kicked one of the victims in the head during a night out Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Deeney, who pleaded guilty to affray at an earlier hearing, was arrested shortly after the fracas, which left one man with a broken jaw and another requiring 20 stitches to a mouth wound.