Leeds confirm appointment of Javi Gracia

21 Feb 2023
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Former Watford head coach returns to the Premier League, replacing Jesse Marsch at Elland Road

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Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of Javi Gracia as their new head coach.

The 52-year-old Spaniard replaces Jesse Marsch following his departure from the club on 6 February.

Gracia has agreed a "flexible contract" with Leeds in what becomes his second spell in the Premier League, having previously managed Watford from January 2018 to September 2019.

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During that time, he won the Barclays Manager of the Month award in August 2018 and helped the club finish 11th that same season, their best-ever finish in the Premier League, as well as taking them to the FA Cup final.

Gracia takes over at Elland Road with the club sat in 19th place with 19 points from 23 matches.

He will hope to extend their three-year stay in the league and look for an immediate impact this Saturday against fellow relegation rivals Southampton.

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