Valencia sack boss Javi Gracia hours after narrow defeat to Barcelona … with fallen giants trapped in 14th place and just six points away from relegation zone amid horror season
- Valencia extended their scoreless run to six games after their 3-2 defeat to Barcelona
- The team struggles in 14th place, just six points above the relegation zone
- Javi Gracia joined in July 2020 after being fired by Watford in September 2019
- But he only lasted nine months with the club, with eight La Liga wins all season
Javi Gracia has been fired as Head Coach of Valencia after only nine months at the helm, after poor form that dragged them into a relegation battle.
Valencia’s 3-2 defeat to Barcelona over the weekend was the last straw for Gracia as the team extended their winless streak to six games. They are only six points above the relegation zone.
Gracia came to Valencia last July and it was hoped that he would change the club’s fortunes after finishing ninth last season. But with little money available to the 51-year-old, he’s struggling to get the squad back to their Champions League days.
Javi Gracia lasted only nine months in Valencia after a bad form, keeping them in 14th place
Gracia famously led Watford to the FA Cup final against Manchester City in May 2019, but that’s as good as the Spaniard has gotten in recent times after being sacked from the Hornets in September 2019.
Valencia’s assistant manager Voro will temporarily take charge until the end of the season, ahead of a crucial showdown with fellow fighters Valladolid on Sunday.
Valencia captain Jose Gaya saw a number of high-profile teammates leave in the summer