Watford appoint new manager

The Spaniard has penned an 18-month deal with the Hornets, his first managerial role since leaving his post with Rubin Kazan last June

Watford has named Javi Gracia as their new manager following the sacking of Marco Silva on Sunday.
The Spaniard has penned an 18-month deal with the Hornets, his first managerial role since leaving his post with Rubin Kazan last June.
The 47-year-old Gracia has had eight previous senior management jobs, moving from Pontevedra, to Cadiz, then to Greece to Olympiakos and Kerkyra, before returning to Spain to Almeria, then Osasuna and Malaga, before moving to Russia to join Rubin Kazan.
He managed Cadiz to promotion from the third tier of Spanish football, before being fired midway through the next season as the side were relegated back down. His year in Greece with Olympiakos and Kerkyra was followed by a year at Osasuna, before two successful years at Malaga where he led the team to ninth- and eighth-placed finishes in La Liga.
He left his most recent posting with Rubin Kazan due to only finishing ninth in the Russian Premier League.
Gracia becomes the tenth manager to take the reins at Vicarage Road since 2012 with the side currently tenth in the table, four points above the relegation zone, in an incredibly tight bottom-11 sides.

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