Former Watford coach Javi Gracia was appointed by La Liga team Valencia on a two-year contract on Monday.

Valencia, who finished ninth in this season’s La Liga, thanked the Spaniard for being “a promoter of football assaults.”

Gracia said: “I’d like this fantastic group that we have to be a courageous, competitive and disciplined side. Overall, people want to talk about good football and offensive play, but the teams’ performance only comes from juggling. I’m sure the supporters would feel proud of their team and they’ll feel reflected.”

Over the past two seasons, Valencia had finished fourth in the table, winning Champions League berths on both occasions. It was as high as fifth this season but a bad late run put an end to their hopes of winning European competitions.

Gracia was with Watford until last year, leading the club to the final of the 2019 FA Cup and finishing 11th in the 2018-19 English Premier League-her highest season.

Among other clubs, the 50-year-old former defensive midfielder has previously coached Rubin Kazan and Màlaga.


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