Watford have announced the departure of head coach Xisco Munoz.

The Spaniard leaves with the club 14th in the Premier League table having collected seven points from their opening seven games.

A statement read: "The board feels recent performances strongly indicate a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should be visibly improving."

Munoz took charge at Vicarage Road last December and successfully guided the club back to the top flight with a second-placed finish in the Championship last season. His departure means the Hornets are now looking for a 17th new manager in just over 10 years.

The statement added: "The Hornets will always be grateful to Xisco for the part he played in securing last season's promotion and wish him well for his future career in football.

"No further club comment will be available until the imminent announcement of a new head coach."

Former Valencia and Real Betis winger Munoz, 41, succeeded the sacked Vladimir Ivic when he left his role at Georgian club Dinamo Tbilisi.

The club had been fifth in the Championship at the time but were criticised by fans for their overly-defensive tactics.

Munoz fulfilled his brief to guide the club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking but performances this term have been unimpressive.

Diego Llorente scored the only goal at Elland Road as Leeds claimed their first win of the season at their expense on Saturday.

After the game, Munoz admitted his side had failed to match Leeds' intensity.

"They won all the duels, they shoot more times than us and they wanted to win the game more than us," he said.