Gracia admits Watford need results fast as pressure mounts on him
Javi Gracia admits Watford need to start picking up results quickly or his position as manager could be in danger.
Gracia admits he is facing a race against time to fix Watford’s season following a third straight defeat against West Ham United on Saturday afternoon that leaves them rooted to the foot of the Premier League at this early stage.
West Ham’s record signing Sebastien Haller scored a brace to secure his side’s first three points of the campaign with the victory at Vicarage Road.
Gracia’s side have now lost seven successive matches in all competitions for the first time in two decades, and if that run continues then the powers that be could have to make a decision on his future.
Gracia signed a new four-and-a-half year deal last November, but Watford’s latest defeat heaps further pressure on the under-fire Spaniard, who admits he needs to pick up results quickly.
Despite rumours hotting up over his future, Gracia says it is important he stays focused on the job in hand.
Asked if he was worried about his Watford future, Gracia said: “It is true. What can I say? The dynamic is not good and we need to improve. I know that.
“I am preparing for the next game. We have three days to prepare for Coventry in the Carabao Cup and it is one week before we face Newcastle in the Premier League. These games are important, and that is what I am focused on.”
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Watford’s afternoon got off to the worst possible start when Abdoulaye Doucoure fouled Manuel Lanzini in the area after just 59 seconds.
West Ham captain Mark Noble made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick. Andre Gray, deputising for the injured Troy Deeney, hauled the hosts level with 17 minutes gone.
But Gracia’s men were punished for spurning a host of chances, with just three of their 23 shots on target.
Will Hughes should have put the Hornets ahead in the second half only to fire Gray’s cross wide of Lukasz Fabianski’s goal.
“It is true that there were some moments in the game where we dominated and created chances, but if you have 23 shots and only three of them are on target, it is difficult,” added Gracia. “We need to be more clinical. We had one clear chance with Will and it was impossible to miss.
“We’ve been punished for all the mistakes we’ve made and it’s a difficult moment. We need to change the momentum.”