Watford hire former Malaga boss Javi Gracia to replace Marco Silva
Published: January 22, 2018 8:43 am
Watford’s fast turnover of managers produced the ninth change in lower than six years Sunday when Javi Gracia changed Marco Silva following a downturn in type blamed on Everton.
Watford have fallen to 10th place within the Premier League after profitable solely one in every of its final 11 video games throughout a stoop that began with Silva being pursued by Everton.
The Portuguese was denied the transfer to a better-resourced rival, though Watford might have obtained round $15 million in compensation for a supervisor solely employed in May. The tables have been turned with Watford believing that Silva was nonetheless distracted by exterior curiosity and had to go.
“Had it not been for the unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival for his services we would have continued to prosper under his leadership,” Watford stated. “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 jeopardized.”
Watford has been owned since 2012 by the stressed Pozzo household. The Italian possession additionally regarded to Iberia for Silva’s alternative, with Gracia employed on an 18-month contract. The 47-year-old Spaniard, who has been out of labor since leaving Rubin Kazan in Russia in June, made a name for himself within the dugout in his homeland with Malaga.
Under the former Real Sociedad and Villarreal defensive midfielder, Malaga turned recognized for taking factors off main rivals after honing pragmatic ways primarily based on meticulous learning of opponents.
Watford trumpeted how Gracia secured a victory at reigning European and Spanish champion Barcelona in February 2015, and then went unbeaten in opposition to the Madrid rivals as Malaga completed eighth the next season.
Although Watford is midtable with 26 factors from 24 matches, it’s only 4 factors above the relegation zone. Gracia’s debut might be within the FA Cup on Saturday with a fourth-round match in opposition to Southampton.
“It is not easy arriving in this moment,” Gracia stated. “I want to listen to the people who are here … I have seen all Watford’s matches this season.”