Official: Watford Name Ex-Malaga Boss Javi Gracia As New Manager Just Hours After Sacking Marco Silva

Alan Duffy

21st, January 2018

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Watford certainly don’t waste time, do they? The Premier League club have announced Javi Gracia as the Hornets’ new manager on the same day they sacked Marco Silva.

The 47-year-old Gracia has signed an 18-month deal with Watford, which sees the Spaniard return to work after leaving Russian side Rubin Kazan in June.

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Gracia made his name with Malaga, steering the Spanish side to consecutive top 10 finishes in La Liga between 2014 and 2016.

The former Real Sociedad and Villarreal defensive midfielder also had spells in Greece but now becomes the 10th manager to work under the trigger-happy Pozzo family at Vicarage Road.

With Marco Silva given the boot after a poor run of form, despite leaving Watford in 10th place in the Premier League, Gracia will be expected to kickstart the Hornets’ season ASAP.

The new manager’s first game in charge of Watford will be Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Southampton at St. Mary’s.

A bad start for Gracia and he might be out before the end of the season himself.

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