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Watford bring in new boss McKinlay for Garcia

29 September 2014, 21:03

London - Billy McKinlay was named on Monday as the new manager of English second-tier side Watford after former boss Oscar Garcia stepped down following a health scare.

The 41-year-old Garcia, previously in charge of Brighton, oversaw just one match as Watford boss, a 1-0 defeat by Charlton, before spending a week in hospital earlier this month after suffering from chest pains.

But the Spaniard has now given way to former Fulham coach McKinlay who joined the coaching staff at Watford, north of London, last week.

Also read: Mourinho faces striking choice back in Lisbon

McKinlay takes command of a Hornets side who are currently fourth in the Championship, just two points adrift of one of a top-two placing that guarantees automatic promotion to the lucrative Premier League.

"I was closely involved with the appointment of Billy McKinlay, because I was aware that I may not be able to return," Garcia told Watford's official website.

"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."

McKinlay, 45, is set to continue in his role as Northern Ireland assistant manager

The Scot's first game in sole charge of the Hornets will be at home to west London club Brentford on Tuesday.



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