Javi Gracia an option to become next Leeds head coach

Former Watford supervisor Javi Gracia has emerged as an option for the Leeds United head coach’s job forward of the West Yorkshire membership’s crunch conflict towards Southampton this weekend.

Leeds are renewing their seek for a extra confirmed appointment after a 1-0 defeat by Everton on Saturday elevated the stress on them to identify a everlasting alternative for Jesse Marsch.

Underneath-21s coach Michael Skubala has taken caretaker cost of the previous three matches following Marsch’s sacking on February 6 however a poor efficiency at Goodison Park left Leeds nineteenth within the Premier League, two factors from security.

Skubala was hoisted into the dug-out after Leeds failed with approaches for Rayo Vallecano’s Andoni Iraola and Feyenoord’s Arne Slot. Subsequent plans to identify ex-Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder as boss to the tip of the season had been deserted amid a fierce on-line backlash to the thought.

Leeds introduced final Tuesday that Skubala and a caretaker workforce of Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas would take cost of “upcoming fixtures” however their Premier League standing is in severe jeopardy with 15 video games to go and Southampton due at Elland Highway this Saturday.

Defeat to Southampton would drop Leeds to the foot of the desk.

Gracia, who managed Watford in 2018 and 2019, is on the market having been out of labor since his final job with Al Sadd in Saudi Arabia. Different teaching jobs have taken him to Valencia, Malaga and Rubin Kazan.

He was recruited by Watford to lead a profitable struggle towards relegation from the Premier League through the 2017-18 marketing campaign however was sacked simply 4 video games into the next time period after Watford took one level from them.

Neither Leeds nor contacts shut to Gracia responded to requests for remark from The Athletic however the membership look set to push for the everlasting appointment of a brand new head coach earlier than the Southampton conflict.


Leeds are on the trail to purgatory – and the fault lies on the high

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