Having sacked Quique Sánchez Flores at the weekend, Watford find themselves on the hunt for a new manager for the second time this season.

As is always the case, several names have already been linked to the vacant post at Vicarage Road and one of those is Cuco Ziganda.

Reports yesterday suggested the Hornets had held unsuccessful talks with the former Athletic Club Bilbao coach and he was no longer under consideration.

Marca, however, say otherwise. They back up that the Spanish boss opened negotiations with Watford on Sunday having travelled to London from Santander with Egoitz Basurto and lawyer Koldo Bolivar, members of the Eggo Asesores agency.

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The newspaper doesn’t detail how those talks went but state that Ziganda expects a ‘definitive response’ in the next few hours.

The article was published at 00:37 this morning, some three hours after the reports in England had suggested the talks were unsuccessful. That hints that things may not be as definitively over as first thought.

Ziganda is keen on a move to England and spent last season perfecting his English to try and help.

Indeed, he’s been living in Manchester and learning ‘new methods’ by watching teams from the Premier League and Championship, including Leeds United, as he’s good friends with Marcelo Bielsa.

That could all be of interest to Watford, who certainly need a man who knows about the league given their current situation, and if this report is to be believed, haven’t ruled Ziganda out yet.