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Watford appoint former Valencia winger Xisco as their new boss

Watford appoint former Valencia winger Xisco as their new boss just 24 hours after sacking Vladimir Ivic amid tensions with Troy Deeney

  • Former Valencia winger Xisco has been hired as the new manager at Watford 
  • Xisco stood down from his role as Dinamo Tbilisi boss to replace Vladimir Ivic 
  • Ivic was sacked on Saturday night amid tensions with club captain Troy Deeney 

Watford have confirmed the appointment of former Valencia winger Xisco as their new boss.

The 40-year-old has stood down from his role in charge of Dinamo Tbilisi to replace the sacked Vladimir Ivic at Vicarage Road. 

Xisco will be joined at Watford by Roberto Cuesta (Assistant Coach) and Jorge Abella (Strength & Conditioning Coach), while Antonello Brambilla – who was already at the club – will move into the role of first-team Goalkeeping Coach.  

Former Valencia winger Xisco has been appointed as the new manager of Watford

Vladimir Ivic was sacked with Watford four points adrift of the automatic promotion places

As Sportsmail revealed, Xisco was Watford’s leading candidate to take over and entered talks with the Championship club just hours after Ivic’s dismissal. 

Ivic was axed on Saturday night amid tensions with captain Troy Deeney, who was dropped for the loss against Huddersfield.

Ivic said in his post-match press conference that the reason Deeney was not introduced off the bench was due to ‘disciplinary issues’.

But Sportsmail understands assertions of any misbehaviour from club captain Deeney has frustrated club officials, who are now considering publicly backing their star striker.

Ivic revealed Troy Deeney was dropped for the loss by Huddersfield due to ‘disciplinary issues’




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