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Spanish football expert backs Javi Gracia

Spanish football expert Guilleme Balague has faith that his countryman can do the job at Leeds United.

Jesse Marsch was sacked in the first week in February after a poor run of games. Michael Skubala has been in charge of the last three games, now the Spaniard will take over the team. Guilleme Balague says Gracia ‘knows what is required’ for the job:

“He is a manager that doesn’t have just one style, he adapts to the types of players he has.”

“That is why he will work very well for Watford or Leeds. Because if they have to become more defensive, he will be able to adjust that, if they need more goals, he will also be able to do it in training. I have been to see him a few times in old jobs and he develops a very close relationship with players, he was a player himself at the top level.”

“And he knows what is required. He is quiet when he has to be, raises his voice when he has to. He convinces players by working with them, not imposing his personality. He is a great reader of games.”

Gracia, 52, took Watford to the FA Cup final in 2019, before managing Valencia and Qatari club Al Sadd. Barring any unforeseen events, he will be in the dugout against Southampton.

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