Former Watford coach Xisco Munoz has insisted he is ‘grateful’ for the opportunity to work for the club and believes his sacking was a matter of ‘patience’.

The Spanish coach guided Watford back to the Premier League last season after taking charge midway through the campaign.

He led them to second in the table with a tally of 91 points and remains the manager with the best win percentage in the division among those who have played 20 games, with a tally of 66.75%.

There was great optimism about their chances this season and a 3-2 win over Aston Villa on the opening day of the season suggested good things were coming.

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However, he was sacked at the beginning of this month, with the Watford board stating that they were unhappy with the downward trend the side had been showing.

He’s since admitted the sacking was unexpected, to say the least, but insists he is happy to have had the opportunity nonetheless.

“I’m very grateful for the journey,” Cadena Ser report him saying.

“When we discuss things that are going to happen, it is complex. It depends on the politics of the club and the owners.

“The bottom four teams in the Premier League have not won yet; it all depends on patience.

“I like to see football from different points of view. I was going to stay in Georgia for two more years, and when I got the call from Watford, I didn’t think about it.”