Sacking their second manager of the season on Sunday after a poor result against Southampton on Saturday, Watford are once again looking for a man to redress their terrible start to the season.

Bringing back Quique Sánchez Flores didn’t work, so the club appear to have gone on a different trajectory this time, looking at clubs performing well in the second-tier and trying to poach their leader.

That’s what L’Equipe are suggesting, at least, claiming the Hornets made more than one approach for Nottingham Forest’s Sabri Lamouchi, who has so far taken the club to fourth in the Championship with a game in hand.

It’s said Watford contacted the former midfielder to ‘offer him the role’, impressed by his ability to get ‘consistent results despite a modest squad’.

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They did so once after getting rid of Flores, and L’Equipe explain they returned once more in the past few hours, ‘in vain’.

Lamouchi is fully invested in the Nottingham Forest project, loved by the club’s fans, and ‘doesn’t see himself leaving the club in such conditions’, telling the Watford board as much.

Onto the next one for Vicarage Road based club, then.