Celta Vigo linked with former Watford boss Javi Gracia

Celta Vigo are lining up former Watford boss Javi Gracia as a replacement for the under-fire Fran Escriba, say reports.

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 last season’s FA Cup final.

However, he was removed from his position earlier this season after a winless start to the campaign – although the Hornets fortunes have not reversed under his successor Quique Sanchez Flores.

Radio Galega are now claiming that Gracia is the favourite for the Balaidos role should Escriba – whose side face Real Betis on Wednesday – depart his position, as expected.

Former Real Sociedad and Girona boss Eusebio Sacristan, along with former Celta and Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo, have also been linked.

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