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Who is Valencia's manager?
Javi Gracia is the current Valencia manager. Gracia was born in Pamplona, Spain on 1 May 1970. Gracia previously played professional football in defensive midfield for clubs around Spain such as Real Sociedad, Villarreal, Valladolid and Athletic Bilbao’s reserve team.
Gracia started his playing career in 1977 in Osasuna’s academy as he also spent time in Chantrea and Athletic Bilbao’s academies before breaking into the reserve team at Athletic Bilbao in 1989. After leaving Athletic Bilbao’s reserve team in 1992 after making 100 competitive appearances, Gracia played for Lleida, Valladolid, Real Sociedad, Villarreal and Córdoba. Throughout his career, Gracia made 430 competitive appearances and scored 44 goals before retiring at Córdoba in 2004.
Gracia also made appearances for the Spanish under 20’s National team along with the Spanish under 21’s National team where he made 3 and 1 appearances respectively between the years of 1989 and 1991. He failed to break into the National side however despite being a regular for many different teams in Spain.
After retiring in 2004, Gracia went into management at Villarreal as a youth manager in the academy. Gracia then went on to manage Pontevedra, Cádiz, Villarreal’s reserve team, Olympiacos Volou, Kerkyra, Almería, Osasuna, Málaga, Rubin Kazan and then Watford. He’s only won major honours at Pontevedra and Cádiz where he won the Secunda Division B in the 2006-07 and 2008-09 respectively.
Javi Gracia was appointed by Watford in January 2018 after they sacked Marco Silva. He was sacked on 7 September 2019, after a poor start to the season saw them bottom with just one point.
Gracia returned to Spain's top division on 27 July 2020, agreeing to a two-year deal at Valencia.