Leeds United has announced the appointment of Javi Gracia as their new head coach, fifteen days after the sacking of former manager Jesse Marsch.
The former Watford, Valencia, and Al Sadd manager takes over at Elland Road, with the club currently sitting 19th in the Premier League table.
“Leeds United are delighted to announce the club have agreed terms with Javi Gracia to become men’s first team head coach, subject to obtaining a work permit,” Leeds said in an official statement on their website.
Leeds had been looking for a new manager since February 6, when they fired Jesse Marsch. During that time, Under-21 manager Michael Skubala had been in charge of the club’s first-team affairs, overseeing a 2-2 draw, a 2-0 loss to Manchester United, and a 1-0 loss to Everton.
Javi Gracia becomes the perfect candidate to takeover the reigns of the American who helped Leeds secure a dramatic last-day win at Brentford in May to remain in the Premier League this season.
Garcia also comes bearing a load of Premier League experience, having previously managed Watford during the 2017-18 season, he led the Hornets to 14th place.
The following season, he led the club to 11th place and a place in the FA Cup final, where they were defeated 6-0 by Manchester City.