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Watford line up Javi Gracia to replace Marco Silva

Former Malaga manager Javi Gracia is being lined up to replace Marco Silva at Watford.

Silva’s hot start at Watford cooled as the Portuguese boss won just one of his last 11 games with the Hornets. Watford started the season in great form losing just once in their opening eight games.

The Hornets’ hierarchy have blamed Everton’s approach to sign Silva in November as the reason the team has played so poorly. In a statement released by the club, the Hornets wrote that both parties could have prospered had Everton not come sniffing around.

“This has been a difficult decision and one not taken lightly,” the statement read.

“The catalyst is that approach, 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 has been jeopardised.”

Silva became the ninth manager to leave Watford under the team’s current owners the Pozzo family.

According to Sky Sports, Watford will offer Gracia a two-year deal and unveil him on Monday. Gracia left Russian side Rubin Kazan at the end of last season after the club finished ninth.



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