This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Xisco Munoz will be praying for a positive result this weekend.
Watford are in a difficult patch at the moment having gone three matches without a victory in the Championship.
That has seen the Hornets fall away from the automatic promotion hunt which means that they have plenty of work to do if they’re to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.
Don Goodman was discussing the role of Munoz on the Sky Sports EFL podcast where he claimed that the Spaniard only had a couple of games to save his job, but with a pivotal clash against Bristol City coming up it seems that pressure could be starting to build.
So could Munoz lose his job if Watford fail to beat the Robins?
The team at FLW have their say…
I think it’s a real possibility.
Watford haven’t hit the heights that were originally set for them, as many predicted them to run away with the Championship title, after their relegation last season from the Premier League.
I wasn’t sure that Munoz was the right manager to take them forward as a club when he was appointed, and I’m yet to be convinced that he’s still the right fit at Vicarage Road.
There are far safer options that have experience of managing in the Championship out there, and I think Munoz should be dismissed if they’re to drop points against Bristol City.
Their poor run of form has come against teams that have struggled in the Championship as well, which makes for even worse reading.
More dropped points in the race for promotion could be costly by the end of the season, so I think Watford have to make this bold decision sooner rather than later.
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I think it’s a bit early to be honest.
Xisco hasn’t made the worst of starts to life in charge of Watford, even though results haven’t been good of late.
They are winless in their last three league games, but four wins from nine is hardly a terrible record to start off in English football with.
Of course, things do need to improve, and they should be fighting for automatic promotion with the squad they have to be honest.
But the grass isn’t always greener, and I’m struggling to think of a manager out there who can come in and take them up.
Whilst the gap to the automatic promotion places has increased by three points since Xisco replaced Vladimir Ivic before Christmas, talk of sacking him would be absolutely ridiculous.
Even by Watford’s standards, this would be an extremely rash decision.
Their previous three results against Millwall, QPR and Coventry have not been good enough, but he deserves time, even if another result goes against them on Saturday.
In terms of league position, Watford’s place in the Championship standings has actually improved since Xisco arrived, but following their relegation last season, automatic promotion would have undoubtedly been their target.
And whilst the form of the top-three is making that look less likely with every passing week, the Spaniard deserves more than two months in the job.