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Leeds appoint ex-Watford boss Gracia to replace Marsch


Leeds have appointed former Watford boss Javi Gracia as their new head coach on a 'flexible contract'.

Jesse Marsch was sacked by the club on February 6 and U21s coach Michael Skubala took caretaker charge of the past three matches, but a 1-0 defeat on Saturday to relegation rivals Everton has left the club two points from safety.

Gracia, who kept Watford in the Premier League during the 2018-19 season and also led them to the FA Cup final, has been out of work since leaving Al Saad in Qatar last June.

Confirming Gracia's appointment, Leeds said in a statement: "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.

"The experienced 52-year-old has agreed a flexible contract at Elland Road."

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