Javi Gracia has picked up the first Manager of the Month award of the 2018/19 Premier League season after guiding Watford through a flawless first month.
For the first time in their history, the Hornets have started a top-flight campaign with four wins from four – against Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, and most impressive of all, Tottenham – to find themselves third in the table, level on points with both Liverpool and Chelsea above them.
If you happen to be wondering why Gracia is wet through in the photo above, please allow us to explain…
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) 7 September 2018
Of course, the MotM award is an instant kiss of death and Watford will now be bottom by Christmas with Gracia but a distant memory.
That’s football. That’s the way it is. Enjoy it while it lasts.