How Arsenal’s top four bid could be derailed by Javi Gracia’s quiet Watford revolution - football

How Arsenal’s top four bid could be derailed by Javi Gracia’s quiet Watford revolution



Javi Gracia has transformed Watford’s fortunes during his time in charge (Getty Images)
There have been times during the Pozzo family’s seven years in charge of Watford where the Hertfordshire club have appeared to be in a state of complete and utter chaos.
Much of that has been down to the instability off the pitch with no fewer than 10 managers having been employed by the club during that time. There was famously a five-week spell in the Autumn of 2014 when the club had four different managers.
Despite the seemingly constant turnover of tacticians, though, this has rather improbably been one of the most successful periods in the club’s history. Next season will mark Watford’s fifth consecutive campaign in the Premier League, only the second time they have enjoyed such a run in the top-flight since their glory days in the 1980s. Not only are Watford in amongst a gaggle of sides looking to secure 7th position in the table, but they also have a date at Wembley to look forward to as well having come from 2-0 down to beat Wolves 3-2 after extra-time in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend. It will be only their second ever final appearance and their first since 1984.
It is no coincidence that Watford are in the midst of their most successful period in recent memory at a time when they are at their most stable. Absolutely pivotal to their strong showing this term has been the job done by the Pozzo’s tenth manager: Javi Gracia.
Owner Gino Pozzo has ov...
source: metro-arsenal
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