BILLY McKINLAY has replaced Oscar Garcia as Watford FC’s Head Coach with immediate effect.
Oscar’s health is of no further cause for concern but he needs more time to rest and therefore, in consultation with the Hornets, he has decided it is in the club’s best interests for him to step down.
“I was closely involved with the appointment of Billy McKinlay, because I was aware that I may not be able to return,” said Oscar.
“I always wanted an experienced British coach within our set-up, because it’s important to have that mix of cultures and experience with this squad.
“I would like to thank Watford’s fans for their kindness during my time here at the club. I will be hoping to see you all as a Premier League club next season.”
Hornets’ CEO Scott Duxbury added: “Everyone feels it is important that there is continuity in the coaching structure. Ruben Martinez and Javier Pereira will therefore continue as Billy McKinlay’s assistants.
“We appreciate Oscar’s candour in placing the best interest of Watford FC ahead of his own personal thoughts and we wish him well for his future in football.
“In Billy McKinlay, we have someone with the qualities and significant experience to build further on the foundations already laid for a successful season ahead.”