Xisco Munoz has urged Watford fans to “give all your support” as he prepares to embark on his “dream” job of coaching in what he considers to be the best league in the world.

Preparations are well underway for the Hornets’ return to the Premier League and Munoz will finally get a chance to meet the home fans this weekend when West Bromwich Albion visit Vicarage Road for a friendly.

The Spaniard has returned from an extended stay back in Spain with his family and said he has “full power” for the upcoming campaign.

However, he knows it is almost certainly going to be the biggest challenge of his career so far.

“Everything is ready for the start - we have an amazing challenge, we are in the best league in the world, we have everything,” said the head coach in a club interview.

“I think this is a special year for me and for everyone and we will try to give all the best for the supporters. To the fans, please give all your support because we need all the best for everyone to try to give a very good challenge, to try and stay in the best league, it’s important we work very hard to give our best level.

“We want to work very hard to try to give the maximum positive results for our team - this is our dream. Who wouldn’t want to stay in my place, in my situation?

“We need all the support for everyone. Everyone worked hard to arrive in this amazing challenge. We have one idea, we need to work very hard. For me, I will try to give all my best in this situation because it’s a dream.”

Having been reunited with his squad, Munoz is now working on getting the balance right ahead of this season’s “important challenge”.

He claims team spirit and sacrifice will both be crucial for his players this time around.

“When I met with the guys it was amazing,” he said.

“First of all I want to say thank you, guys because your work last year was brilliant. Team spirit is very important and we have started working on the balance in the group. Most important this year is to try, when we have difficult moments, to stay always together and continue with the same force this year.

“It’s important that we make our sacrifices this year, to try to give more heart and it’s important this year to try to give the important balance in the group because in this situation we have a very important challenge. For me, I’m very excited - it’s like a dream and we need to show everyone it’s one dream for us to stay in the best league in the world.”

To achieve his and the team’s dream, Munoz knows that there is little room for error.

He wants his players and his staff to draw on their experiences from last season when they produced a magnificent end to the season to gain promotion.

“The last season was special. It was special because everyone gave 100 per cent of their personality to arrive in this moment, to get to the Premier League directly,” he said.

“I think I can only say thank you to all the players, not only those in the first XI, everyone gave their best every day. I can say thank you to the staff and everyone working in the training ground because everyone gave their maximum.

“In December when I arrived, the number of mistakes we could make was zero and I think the team was perfect, excellent and everyone gave 200 per cent to arrive in the Premier League.”