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Javier Gracia

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Personal Details

  • Country of Birth
  • Status
  • Joined Club
    21 January 2018
  • Age
    49 years 111 days
  • Date of Birth
  • Premier League Seasons
  • Premier League Debut Match
    Stoke City (a),
    31 January 2018, Drawn 0 - 0

Manager Bio

Javi Gracia became head coach of Watford midway through the 2017/18 Premier League season.

The former defensive midfielder spent his entire playing career in Spain, including in LaLiga for Real Valladolid, Real Sociedad and Villarreal.

Gracia started coaching after his playing career ended in 2004, managing the youth teams at Villarreal.

In 2007, he took over Spanish third-tier side Pontevedra before leading Cadiz to promotion to Segunda Division in 2008/09.

The Spaniard departed the club midway through the 2009/10 campaign and managed Villarreal B the following season.

After spending a year in Greece with Olympiakos Volou and Kerkyra, Gracia returned to Spain to lead Almeria into the top flight.

He left at the end of the season but quickly returned to management in September 2013 with Osasuna, before being named Malaga manager in May 2014.

During his two-year tenure at Malaga the club finished ninth and eighth, recording victories over Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Gracia led Rubin Kazan in Russia for the 2016/17 season, but left the club by mutual consent at the end of the campaign.

On 21 January 2018, Watford announced Gracia as Marco Silva's successor at Vicarage Road.

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