Leeds United to appoint Javi Gracia – and fans say club ‘must want relegation’

Football fans believe Leeds United “must want relegation” as they prepare to appoint former Watford manager Javi Gracia.

The Yorkshire giants have been looking to fill the void departed by the sacked Jesse Marsch. Their managerial search was shifted into another gear after their 1-0 away defeat to Everton on the weekend.

Leeds will find themselves rock bottom of the Premier League if they lose to fellow relegation rivals Southampton on the weekend. And with the threat of Championship football becoming more serious with every passing week, the fears of many Leeds fans have not been eased by the likely appointment of Gracia.

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Reports from The Athletic understand United will turn to Gracia in a bid to resuscitate their fledgling campaign. The Spaniard has been a free agent ever since he left Qatari side Al Saad in June last year.

He does have experience in Premier League relegation battles having breezed into Watford in January 2018 and keeping them in the division. Gracia also guided the Hornets to the 2019 FA Cup Final, but was sacked four matches into the following campaign after only taken one point.

He also went on to take over the reins at Valencia, but his time with the Spanish giants was ended after only one season. Despite his relative success at Watford, many rivals fans of Leeds feel the idea of Gracia entering the dugout at Elland Road could prove catastrophic.

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“Should have kept Marsch, had more charisma,” one football fan commented. “They have prepared for the Championship,” another added.

“They must want relegation,” laughed another rival supporter, before another chimed in and tweeted: “Awful appointment especially considering you have so many other options perfectly suited to the job, Ralph Hasenhuttl for example."

Under-21s coach Michael Skubala has been holding the fort as caretaker manager since Marsch’s departure. He was placed in charge after the club failed to convince Rayo Vallecano manager Andoni Iraola and Feyenoord boss Arne Slott to take over.

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