Watford striker Odion Ighalo has expressed shock with the news that manager Quique Sanchez Flores will quit the club at the end of the season.
Flores revealed he and the club did not agree on the review for the season.
“I will say I am shocked the coach is leaving,” Ighalo said on television.
“When we won promotion to the Premier League, the target was for us to achieve 40 points so as to remain in the top league and we did that, and also reached the semi-finals of the FA.
“He has done a great job.”
The Nigeria striker was also quick to admit that amid high expectations, Watford struggled in the second half of the season.
“From fighting to stay up, expectations rose and people were talking about us featuring in the Europa League. These expectations messed things up for us,” he said
“The second half of the season was not good for team and me personally.”
Watford are 13th on the table going into Sunday’s final game at home against Sunderland.
They have 44 points from 37 matches.