Javi Gracia: Watford confirm manager departure

Watford manager Javi Gracia has left his post, the Premier League club have announced.

The Spaniard, whose coaching team have also left Vicarage Road, had been in charge since January 2018 – making him the first Hornets boss to last more than one full season since 2013.

A club statement said there would be an “imminent appointment of a new coaching team”.

Watford are bottom of the Premier League table with one point.

Gracia led the club to Wembley last season, where they lost 6-0 to Manchester City in the biggest FA Cup final win in over a century, as well as 11th place in the Premier League.

But three defeats in their opening four league games saw him lose his job in an announcement made by the club during the first half of England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria.

Hornets chairman Scott Duxbury said: “Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements.”

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