Espanyol are considering a move for Watford boss Javi Gracia to replace the outgoing Rubi, according to a report in Marca.
Rubi, who led the Catalan club back into Europe after a decade-long absence, is set to replace Quique Setien at Real Betis.
Espanyol owner Chen Yansheng was said to be extremely keen to retain Coach Rubi but fresh reports now claim he has been informed personally of Rubi’s exit.
Gracia is most well-known in Spain for his two-year stint in charge of Malaga between 2014 and 2016, leading the cash-stripped club to successive top-half finishes.
He subsequently left the Andalusian club to join Russian club Rubin Kazan before switching to Watford in January 2018 and subsequently leading the Hornets to this season’s FA Cup final.
He is on a five-man shortlist at the RCDE Stadium which includes former Sevilla boss Pablo Machin and Rudi Garcia, who was dismissed from his position at Marseille.
Luis Garcia, former Coach of Villarreal, and Espanyol B team boss David Gallego are the other two names reportedly under consideration.