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Next Watford manager will reap benefit of my reign: Sanchez Flores

Watford 2 - Sunderland 2

By Tom Allnutt

Quique Sanchez Flores believes his work at Watford is complete and predicts his successor will have a much easier job. Flores' final game in charge ended in a 2-2 draw against Sunderland as Sebastian Prodl and a Troy Deeney penalty cancelled out strikes from Jack Rodwell and Jeremain Lens.

The Spaniard has paid the price for a miserable second half to the campaign but Watford have finished 13th, their highest top-flight placing in 29 years.

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

Flores believes his successor, who will be the Hornets' eighth boss in four years, will reap the benefits. "The first year is the most difficult because the players want security, they want to go to a team who are consistent," Flores said. "Watford were new and are now not completely new. Watford are now established in the Premier League."

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