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Watford have sacked their manager Xisco Munoz after 10 months in the job. Image Credit: Action Images via Reuters

London: Watford fired Xisco Munoz today, making him the first managerial departure of the Premier League season.

The Spaniard leaves with the club 14th in the standings having collected seven points from the opening seven games. His final game in charge was a 1-0 loss at Leeds yesterday.

Negative trend

“The board feels recent performances strongly indicate a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should be visibly improving,” Watford said.

Munoz took charge at Vicarage Road last December and guided the club back to the Premier League with a second-placed finish in the Championship last season.

Watford said the appointment of a new manager was “imminent.”