Valencia sack Javi Gracia

Cash-strapped Valencia sack boss Javi Gracia hours after narrow defeat to Barcelona… with fallen giants stuck in 14th and just six points away from the relegation zone amid horror season

  • Valencia extended their winless run to six games after the 3-2 loss to Barcelona 
  • The side are struggling in 14th, just six points above the relegation zone 
  • Javi Gracia joined in July 2020 after being sacked by Watford in September 2019
  • But he’s lasted just nine months at the club, with eight La Liga wins all season 

Javi Gracia has been sacked as Valencia Head Coach after just nine months at the helm, following a run of poor form that has seen them dragged into a relegation battle.

Valencia’s 3-2 defeat to Barcelona on the weekend was the last straw for Gracia, as the side extended their winless streak to six matches. They’re just six points above the relegation zone.

Gracia joined Valencia in July last year, and it was hoped that he’d change the club’s fortunes around after finishing ninth last season. But with little transfer funds made available to the 51-year-old, he’s struggled to get the side back to their Champions-League playing days. 

Javi Gracia lasted just nine months at Valencia after a poor run of form that leaves them in 14th

Gracia famously led Watford to the FA Cup final against Manchester City in May 2019, but that’s as good as it’s got for the Spaniard in recent times after he was sacked from the Hornets in September 2019.

Valencia’s assistant manager Voro will take charge temporarily until the end of the season, ahead of what is a crucial clash against fellow strugglers Valladolid on Sunday. 

Valencia captain Jose Gaya saw a number of high-profile teammates leave in the summer

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