Leeds: Javi Gracia expected in England this morning
Leeds United managerial target Javi Gracia is expected in England this morning ahead of a proposed move to Elland Road, according to Sky Sports.
The Lowdown: U-turn from Leeds
The Whites confirmed last week that caretaker Michael Skubala would continue to lead the first team for the upcoming fixtures, starting against last Saturday’s clash at Everton. However, after a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park which saw Leeds fall to 19th place in the Premier League, it seems as if there has been a U-turn by club officials.
There was speculation on Monday over former Watford manager Gracia, and it looks as if a move for the Spaniard is gathering pace.
The Latest: Gracia expected at Leeds
Sky Sports News presenter Tom White shared a live update on Tuesday morning regarding Leeds and Gracia, via Football Daily.
He stated: “Right Leeds fans, you’ve been waiting for an update on your new manager for quite a while. It looks like things are getting closer and the name that we can tell you now a little bit more so than yesterday is Javi Gracia.
“We told you that he was a name in the frame to get the Leeds job – well things are moving closer. He is expected in Leeds this morning.”
The Verdict: Good move?
Saturday’s performance against Everton was extremely disappointing, with Leeds failing to register a shot on target, so it is good to see that the club have seemingly taken swift action.
Leaving the inexperienced Skubala in charge could have been a gamble and ultimately the end of the club’s Premier League stay, so bringing in Gracia – who has knowledge of the division with Watford – seems to be a wise move.
He led the Hornets to an 11th-placed finish in the Premier League during the 2018/19 season, and if he is to save the Whites from relegation, he’ll need his plans to work immediately, beginning against bottom club Southampton next weekend.