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Coach Quique Sanchez Flores

After struggling to find a new club, Quique Sanchez Flores experienced the London bus treatment as two roles came one after another, first at Watford and now Espanyol.

Enjoying a successful playing career as a right-back, mainly for Valencia, Sanchez Flores became hot managerial property in 2005, when he comfortably guided Getafe to La Liga safety in his one and only season at the club, prompting his former side to hire him for two years.

Two Champions League finishes followed, although he was sacked early into his third season, while consequent jobs at Benfica and Atletico Madrid yielded a Portuguese Cup and Europa League respectively. However, his career would wind down between 2011 and 2014 as he took up employment in the UAE.

The 51-year-old eventually returned to Europe in January 2015 with his former side Getafe, only to leave after 11 games. Better luck awaited him that summer, however, as he was appointed by then-Premier League new boys Watford, achieving a 13th-place finish and FA Cup semi-final, yet he was not retained.

Nonetheless, his reputation had been sufficiently restored in his native Spain and he was quickly poached by Espanyol for the 2016-17 campaign, Los Periquitos having been taken over by a Chinese consortium only five months earlier.

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