Gracia 'proud' to pen new Watford deal
Watford head coach Javi Gracia has spoken of his pride at being awarded a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the club.
The 48-year-old has been in charge since January after replacing Marco Silva and, after steering the Hornets away from relegation trouble last season, has masterminded a strong start to the current campaign.
Watford are currently ninth in the Premier League standings, with six wins from their first 13 games, and the club have seen enough to hand the Spaniard a long-term extension.
Gracia is the 10th different manager to work under the Pozzo family since they took charge at Vicarage Road in 2012, but is the first coach to sign an extension during that time.
“I am very happy to extend my contract,” Gracia, who has previously managed in Spain, Greece and Russia, told the Watford website.
“I am very proud in this moment to be part of this club and to belong here for more seasons.”
Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury added: “We are delighted that Javi has agreed an extension to his contract.
“From day one it was clear that Javi worked well with us and shared our vision of how to achieve success for Watford Football Club, and we are looking forward to continuing that work together for many years to come.”
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