Javi Gracia posts classy statement on back of Watford dismissal/Confirms ‘surprise’ at decision

Now-former Watford manager Javi Gracia has today taken to social media, to react to his sacking yesterday evening.

Watford’s woes

On the back of an impressive campaign last time out, during which they battled for a Europa League berth, and made it all the way to the FA Cup final, the Hornets have, over the early weeks of the new season, majorly struggled.

To this point, Watford have picked up just a solitary point from 4 Premier League outings.

The opening 3 weeks of the campaign saw the Vicarage Road outfit fall to a trio of consecutive defeats.

And, even after taking the lead with just two minutes on the clock in their last outing versus Newcastle, in the end, Watford could not hold out for a much-needed win, eventually slumping to a 1-1 draw.

Gracia sacked

As such, reports across the English media over the last 48 hours suggested that the Hornets’ early-season struggles were set to cost Javi Gracia his job.

And, in a clear-as-day indictment of the ruthless nature of the current managerial scene, despite his solid work since being handed the reins at Vicarage Road in January of last year, and the Premier League campaign being just 4 fixtures old, confirmation of the Watford boss’ sacking arrived last night:

The Spanish tactician was quickly replaced by former Hornets’ manager Quique Sanchez Flores:

‘Unexpected announcement’

And Gracia has since moved to react to his dismissal, by means of a public statement.

The 49-year-old’s classy communication can be seen below, during which he admits to his ‘surprise’ at the decision of the Watford board, before thanking all involved with the club for their work over the course of his tenure:

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