Things to Know About New Watford Manager Javi Gracia

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

Silva was sacked on Sunday and replaced by ex-Malaga and Rubin Kazan boss Javi Gracia; in a statement explaining the former's departure, Watford made their reasoning very clear.

Watford, who sit 10th in England's top flight, announced that the 47-year-old Spaniard had signed an 18-month contract, becoming the club's 10th manager since 2012.

"After the supporters will come the rest of the players, but they (the fans) are the number one".

"The catalyst for this decision is that unwarranted approach, something which the board believes has seen a significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford FC has been jeopardised".

Watford has fallen to 10th place after winning only one of its last 11 games during a slump that started with Silva being pursued by Everton. The 47-year-old Spaniard, who has been out of work since leaving Rubin Kazan in Russian Federation in June, made a name for himself in the dugout in his homeland with Malaga.

Gracia's most notable spell as a coach was at Malaga from July 2014 until May 2016, when he led the club to ninth- and eighth-placed finishes in LaLiga, despite a lack of investment in his squad and turbulence behind the scenes.

Gracia's first match in charge will be the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Southampton, before Watford travel to Stoke City, who are a point above the bottom three.

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