The ex-Malaga boss replaces the sacked Marco Silva at Vicarage Road
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Javi Gracia has been named head coach of Watford.
The 47-year-old Spaniard has signed an 18-month deal with the Premier League team.
Watford sacked Marco Silva earlier today, claiming the “unwarranted approach” from Everton was “the catalyst” for the decision.
The Portuguese had been a target for Everton earlier in the campaign after an excellent start, but a run of one win in 11 matches has now cost him his job.
A statement from the club read: “This has been a difficult decision and one not taken lightly. The club is convinced the appointment of Silva was the right one and 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.”
“(The approach) is 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,” the statement added.
“For the security and success of the football club, the board believes it has to make a change.
“The club will seek to make a swift appointment and there will be no further comment until that appointment has been made.”