La Liga club Valencia, who finished ninth this season, have signed former Watford coach Javi Gracia who advocates offense on the football pitch with a two-year contract as their new head coach on Monday.
“I’m very happy to be at this great club, in this beautiful city. I’m looking forward to getting to work. We’re going through what is a difficult time for everybody, in which health is the most important thing, but as professionals of course we are thinking about football,” Gracia was quoted as saying by Valencia’s website on Monday.
“We want our work to help people to feel better in some way. Personally, I’m very proud to be coaching a club like Valencia CF.”
The new head coach said that he wanted to see “the great squad that we have be a brave, aggressive and balanced team”.
“We all like to talk about attacking football but the success of a team comes through its balance and we will try to do that with the great squad and excellent players that we have. you can see the latest football news about Kylian Mbappe Injury Update at Here!
“For me, as coach, the most important thing isn’t the idea that the fans have of me right now, without knowing much about me. What is really important to me is the opinion of the fans when I leave -which is when they really know you,” he added.
Valencia previously finished fourth in the Spanish league in the last two seasons, and both secured qualifying for the Champions League.
As high as fifth place for this season, unfortunately with the club’s poor late match results had ended its chances of reaching European competitions.
Gracia was with Watford until last year, leading the club to the 2019 FA Cup final and to an 11th-place finish in the 2018-19 season in the English Premier League.
The 50-year-old former defensive midfielder previously coached Rubin Kazan and Malaga, among other clubs.
Gracia is now the third man to take charge for Valencia since it kicked off after the sackings of Marcelino in September last year and Albert Celades last month.