Sunday 20 May 2018

Gracia future still in doubt despite Watford triumph

Watford 2 Newcastle United 1

Newcastle United's Kenedy battles with Watford's Will Hughes. Photo: Ian Walton/Reuters
Newcastle United's Kenedy battles with Watford's Will Hughes. Photo: Ian Walton/Reuters

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Javi Gracia has vowed to ignore his unsettled future to try to lead Watford to a record Premier League finish.

Watford ended a seven-match winless run with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle that should have proved comfortable but ended nervously.

Roberto Pereyra and Andre Gray put Watford in control before Troy Deeney's missed penalty gifted Newcastle momentum. Ayoze Perez's fine finish set up a tense finale, but Watford held on to ensure mathematical Premier League survival.

Watford can still beat their best Premier League finish of 13th, leaving Gracia focusing on that aim rather than whether he will still be Hornets boss next term.

Watford manager Javi Gracia applauds the fans after the match. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters
Watford manager Javi Gracia applauds the fans after the match. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters

Asked how confident he is of remaining in charge next season, Gracia replied: "I don't know, I think this question is for other people.

"But I'm very proud to belong to this club and today to have achieved mathematically the objective of staying in the Premier League.

"And in the next game I'm concentrated on trying to prove the best position in the Premier League. It's all I can say in this moment. When the season is finished we'll see what happens."

Watford will end their season at Manchester United on May 13, in what could yet prove Gracia's last game at the helm.

Watford have already ploughed through eight managers in five years, but still continued to improve during that time. Gracia continues to insist he remains unfazed by his precarious position, having only signed an 18-month deal when taking the helm in January.

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