English Premier League. Leeds, facing relegation, appoint Javi Gracia as their manager

    Premier League runners-up Leeds United appointed Spaniard Javi Gracia as their manager on Tuesday to avoid relegation.

    Gracia, the former Watford manager who led them to the FA Cup final in 2019, has signed what Leeds have described as a ‘flex’ deal to replace American manager Jesse Marsh, who was sacked earlier this month.

    Leeds United are delighted to announce that the club have agreed terms with Javi Gracia for him to become the head coach of the men’s first team, subject to a work permit,” the club said in a statement.

    “The 52-year-old has signed a flexible contract with Elland Road,” he added.

    And this month, Leeds sacked their former manager Marsh after losing 0-1 to Nottingham Forest in League Stage 22 and placed youth team manager Michael Skopala on temporary technical duties.

    The last win for Leeds, nineteenth and penultimate in the Premier League, dates back to 5 November (beating Bournemouth 4-3 in Stage 15), marking them a point ahead of Southampton, who are last place in the standings (19). vs. 18), which he hosts on Saturday as part of a multi-day competition.

    Source: AFP.

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