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The former Barcelona man will take charge of the Hornets with immediate effect with the club revealing his work at Brighton was a key factor in his appointment

Watford have appointed Oscar Garcia as their new manager following the departure of Beppe Sannino.

The former Brighton coach replaces Sannino, who resigned on Sunday, despite a strong start to the season with the Hornets currently second in the Championship.

Garcia helped Brighton reach the play-offs last season, where they were beaten by Derby, before leaving the club in May.

The former Barcelona man will now start work at Vicarage Road immediately with Charlton their next opponents on September 13th.

“Watford Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Oscar Garcia as head coach, the Hornets having won the race against several high-profile English clubs to secure his services,” read a statement on the club’s website.

“Oscar’s recent Championship experience, taking Brighton & Hove Albion into last season’s Championship promotion play-offs, was a key factor in his appointment.

“Everyone at Vicarage Road extends their best wishes to Óscar for his new role, which he takes up with immediate effect.”