Despite skipper Treo Deeney’s insistence that Watford should try and stick with Javi Gracia, his exit from the club was confirmed on Saturday.
Notably, Gracia has been shown the door four games into the ongoing Premier League season. So far Watford have failed to leave any positive impression on the league this year and are at the bottom of the points table. They only have one point in this match so far.
However, it was under Gracia that Watford had made it to the finals of FA Cup last season where they were beaten 6-0 by Manchester City. Since the end of the 2018-19 season, Watford have struggled to click as a team.
“Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements,” said chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury.
Meanwhile, it was also confirmed that Garcia’s supporting staff will also part ways with the club.
Contrary to all these developments, captain Troy Deeney has earlier stated that Gracia should be given some time to try and make amends to the team’s fortune.
“The manager is a big boy, he knows what he’s doing – it’s just part and parcel of the game,” Deeney told Sky Sports. “People are always going to question the manager if we’ve lost a few games.
“It doesn’t just happen at Watford, it happens everywhere, but the high turnover of managers at Watford was four or five years ago. Everyone thinks every year we change the manager and get a new one. We are trying to settle down,” he added.
Watford have not enjoyed a prolonged stint with coaches in the recent time and have been managed by as many as 10 managers since the departure of Malky Mackay in the June of 2011.