Javi Garcia is fighting to save his Watford job with the club’s head coach needing to turn around his team’s terrible start to the season over the next six games.
Watford made it three defeats from their first three Premier League games with a 3-1 home loss to West Ham United at the weekend.
The club’s losing run has now stretched to seven games, including last season’s FA Cup final thrashing at the hands of Manchester City, and Watford have not won since April 20, which is their worst run since 1999.
Garcia was handed a new four-year contract last November as he guided Watford to Wembley, but there are serious concerns over his side’s form.
Watford face Coventry City in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, before a run of five vital Premier League games.
Defeat at Newcastle United at the weekend would leave Gracia in serious trouble and possibly even facing the sack.
But, even if he gets through the next international break, which follows the Newcastle game, Gracia’s position is likely to be assessed during the October break.
Watford have to play Arsenal, Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United in between the September and October international breaks.
He must demonstrate he can turn around results before the October break to avoid leaving Watford with a tough decision over his future.
Garcia is hoping his team can use Tuesday night’s game against League One Coventry to kick-start their campaign.
“Every game is a good chance in this moment for us to do better and to feel better, with more confidence,” he said.
“But we’ll decide what is best because there are some players injured, fit or not fit but with the target to try to win, to try to play well because we need it.”
Garcia has identified where Watford need to improve, adding: “We had 23 shots (against West Ham) and we only put three on target.
“We need to improve and be more precise and more clinical. But we need to defend better from set pieces and in all the different phases of play we need to improve.