A report from Bristol Live has claimed that Premier League side Watford considered moving for Bristol City boss Lee Johnson to replace Javi Gracia, before appointing former Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores at the weekend.

After a poor start to the new season, Watford decided to part ways with manager Javi Gracia, who had been on a poor run of form, lasting from the tail end of last season and carrying over into the new season. Surprisingly, the Premier League side moved to bring back former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores at the weekend.

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However, it is said that the Hornets did look elsewhere before opting to bring back the Spaniard, with Bristol City manager Lee Johnson said to be one of the people the club considered moving for, as per a report from Bristol Live.

It is said that Watford never made an approach for Johnson and his name was only mentioned as a potential candidate for the role. Even still, it is added that the 38-year-old is happy at Ashton Gate and is planning on staying with the Robins for some time yet.

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It is not the first time Johnson has been linked with a move away from Bristol City. Aston Villa were said keen when they sacked Steve Bruce, with Fulham also linked before appointing Scott Parker and West Brom when they decided to part ways with Darren Moore. Johnson is on a long-term contract with Bristol City, running through until the summer of 2023 and he will not be planning on leaving any time soon.


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