Xisco Munoz: Watford head coach targeting clean sheets as club prepare for Premier League return

Watford returned to the Premier League at the first time of asking last season; the club went through four managers during their relegation campaign in 2019/20; head coach Xisco unconcerned by club's reputation and is focusing on making the team hard to beat

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Watford head coach Xisco Munoz is not worried about his job security and is determined to enjoy the challenge of managing in the Premier League

Xisco Munoz has targeted clean sheets as his main objective as he prepares Watford for their Premier League return.

Relegated at the end of the 2019/20 season, boss Xisco led the Hornets back to the top flight at the first time of asking having replaced Vladimir Ivic in December.

Watford shipped 64 goals in their last Premier League campaign as they finished 19th and Xisco wants to improve on that figure if he is to keep them in the division this time around.

PA - Watford secured an immediate return to the Premier League
Image: Watford secured an immediate return to the Premier League with promotion in April

"For us, it is important to have a balance," he said ahead of the opening weekend fixture against Aston Villa.

"When you play in a very good league you need the balance. We need to keep clean sheets, play attractive football but the most important this season is to keep the clean sheets.

"We know what is the challenge in front of us because there are very good teams in front of us with very good players, but the important thing is the clean sheets."

Watford went through four managers during their relegation season with Javi Gracia, Quique Sanchez Flores and Nigel Pearson all sacked, while Hayden Mullins took caretaker charge on two different occasions.

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PA - Watford manager Nigel Pearson applauds the fans after the final whistle of the Premier League match at Vicarage Road
Image: Nigel Pearson was one of four head coaches to take charge of Watford during their relegation season

"You know what happened," Xisco replied when asked about his own position heading into the new season. "My focus is to enjoy every day. I am very happy here, I feel very comfortable with the team, with the fans and with everything at Watford.

"I will enjoy it and don't forget I will give all of my best from the first day until my last day here and this is the most important thing.

"We will see, I am sure we will have very good moments and we are working hard to try and give good solutions to the players. This is my focus."

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