Gracia finally set for new Watford deal
Javi Gracia is confident his contract extension with Watford will be wrapped up next week.
The Spaniard signed an 18-month contract when he replaced Marco Silva in the hotseat at Vicarage Road in January and he has impressed over the course of 2018.
Watford’s strong start to 2018-19, which sees them sitting seventh, appears to have convinced the board to hand over a contract extension.
Reports claimed earlier this month that talks were underway and Gracia expects to finally put pen to paper next week.
"We reached an agreement for the next few years, I have not yet signed but I will do in the next week." Gracia said.
"I am happy because I think it’s a good for me, good for the club as well and we will see."
Gracia’s deal will be the first extension handed out to a Watford manager since Malky McKay earned fresh terms in 2011.
The likes of Sean Dyche, Giuseppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia, Billy McKinlay, Slavisa Jokanovic, Quique Sanchez Flores, Walter Mazzarri and Silva all failed to see out their initial contracts.
It’s understood that Gracia’s new deal will keep him on Watford’s books until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
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