Valencia and Villarreal enter the new season with new managers

Valencia and Villarreal enter the new season with new managers

Valencia will enter the new season with a new manager as former Watford boss Javi Gracia has been appointed at Mestalla. 

The 55-years old Gracia led Premier League side, Watford, to 11th place besides playing in FA Cup final last season but he was sacked after a poor start to the new season.

This season was a season of instability in Valencia as they finished ninth in La Liga.

Compared to the previous season when they ended fourth and won the Copa del Rey, it's considered a poor campaign this one. 

The team was led by sporting director Voro who took the charge after Albert Celades left in June. 

Gracia spent two years in Spain, with Malaga from 2014 to 2016 and he was responsible for Cadiz's promotion to the Spanish Segunda in 2008-09. 

The first task at Valencia for the new manager is to convince youth product Ferran Torres to stay in the club for another season. The talented midfielder is linked with a move to Manchester City. 

Unai Emery is also back in La Liga - the former Arsenal boss will take care of Villareal.  He succeeds Javi Calleja, who left the club despite making a good result as his side ended fifth-placed. 

Emmery was out of a job since November after he left the Arsenal post where he managed to create the worst start into the season for Arsenal in years. 

The man with three successive Europa Leagues should do better in Spain than he did in London and to help Yellow Submarine in reaching their European goals.


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