Leeds: Troy Deeney offers to help Javi Gracia
Troy Deeney has admitted that he has messaged Javi Gracia and offered to help the Leeds United head coach.
The Lowdown: Perfect start for Gracia
The 52-year-old only received his work permit on Friday after agreeing to take over at Elland Road three days previously. However, the Spaniard managed to take all three points in his first Premier League game in charge of Leeds against Southampton, with a 1-0 win over their relegation rivals.
Junior Firpo was the match-winner in the second half, with the Whites taking themselves out of the drop zone as a result.
The Latest: Deeney’s offer to Gracia
Writing in a column for The Sun prior to Saturday’s win, Deeney said that he has been texting his former manager and has offered to help, ‘even if it is just getting him to understand just how big the club is’.
The ex-Watford striker has backed Gracia to enjoy instant success in Yorkshire and admitted that he has ‘a vested interest’ in Leeds through his family.
The Verdict: Good to see
It seems as if Gracia and Deeney have a good relationship following their mutual time at Vicarage Road, with the striker contributing to 20 goals in 53 games under the Spaniard, most of which came in the Premier League.
Currently the captain at Birmingham City, don’t expect to see the 34-year-old join the coaching team at Elland Road any time soon, but it’s good to see that Deeney is happy to offer any advice to his former boss over the coming months.
Whether or not Gracia will take him up on that offer remains to be seen, with the Leeds manager more than likely already planning for the Whites’ trip to Chelsea next weekend.