Gracia surprised by firing, but love for Watford ‘eternal’

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Javi Gracia was surprised to be fired by Watford, the manager said in a Sunday statement.

Watford has just one point from its first four matches of the Premier League season, but finished 11th in the Premier League last season while making an FA Cup Final run under Gracia.

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The table standing was its best of the Premier League era, but the Pozzo family has been known to quickly cut ties with coaches.

Ironically, the Hornets are replacing Gracia with former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

Here’s Gracia’s statement, via The Mirror:

“After the unexpected announcement about the termination of my contract after only four matches, I want to express my surprise after completing the best season in Watford’s history. I respect this decision and I’d like to reassure that the excellent relationship I have with Gino Pozzo and Filippo Giraldi, and this is not going to change despite my abrupt exit of the club.

“I am grateful to this club for allowing me to manage this great club in the Premier League, it has been an incredible experience with very special moments like the FA Cup final I had the privilege to enjoy.

“I want to thank every single person who works for this club and has made my every day very easy. My gratefulness and love for this club will be eternal. And finally, I want to thank the fans for supporting me the way they did from Day One, until my last. I will always wish the fans and these players the best.”

Let’s be real, too: Given the Flores hiring and Pozzo’s penchant for switching up bosses, Gracia may one day be back at Vicarage Road.