Watford has confirmed the appointment of former Malaga Manager Javi Gracia after firing the previous handler, Marco Silva.
Silva was relieved of his duties on Sunday morning following Watford’s Saturday defeat to Leicester, a result which only continued the club’s poor run having won one in 11 League games.
The Hornets board, however, affiliated their decision to fire the Manager with Everton’s approach to him before appointing Sam Allardyce and they believe that the team awful run began afterwards due to a loss of focus from the Portuguese Manager.
This only played well to Gracia’s advantage as he is now been preferred to continue with the management of the team. According to a statement from the club’s official website which reads: “The experienced 47-year-old, who has now signed an 18-month contract with the Hornets, has previously worked at clubs in his native Spain as well as Greece and Russia.
“During two seasons with Malaga, he achieved back-to-back top-10 La Liga finishes, with the famous win over eventual Champions League and Spanish champions Barcelona at the Camp Nou in February 2015 one of his brilliant moments.
“The following campaign his Malaga side went unbeaten against both Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid on their way to an impressive eighth-place 2015-16 finish.
“Having started his senior coaching career in 2007 with Segunda Division B outfit Pontevedra, Gracia secured promotion to the Spanish second-tier with Cadiz before spells in Greece with Olympiakos Volou and Kerkyra.
“In 2012-13 he once again masterminded a promotion campaign, this time returning Almeria to the Spanish top-flight before stints with Osasuna and Russian Premier League club Rubin Kazan either side of his Malaga stay.
“As a player, Gracia featured for Spain at the Under-21 level and was a vastly experienced defensive midfielder who featured prominently for the likes of Real Sociedad and Villarreal.”