By Mark Smith

21st Feb, 2023 | 8:23am

Leeds United are set to confirm Javi Gracia as their new head coach, according to Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist has reported on Tuesday 21 February that the interview went well for the Spaniard, and a deal should be finalised shortly at Elland Road.

Of course, the initial target for Gracia will be to avoid relegation, with a deal set to be in place until the end of the season in West Yorkshire, with no mention of longer-term ambitions.

“Leeds United set to confirm Javi Gracia as their new head coach,” he wrote.

“Interview with him went well and deal should be finalised shortly. Arrives with the initial target of staving off relegation.”

Done Deal.

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Leeds United have pressed the panic button.

That is nothing against Gracia, but Andrea Radrizzani and the board have gone from backing Michael Skubala to finding someone within 48 hours, as they were kickstarted into action.

The work done at board level, in this case, has been nothing short of a shambles, with the fans needing to step into action to make things happen, or in some cases, not happen.

Alfred Schreuder was looking like the man to take over before the U-turn, then Skubala and now Gracia.

The Spaniard does have a good track record in the Premier League, keeping Watford up and finishing twice in a respectable mid-table, as well as an FA Cup final.

Now, he has the chance to do the same with Leeds, who have a very exciting squad that just needs to be unleashed, possibly in a new direction.

Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch have come and gone, now it is time for a new era at Elland Road, and Gracia is set to be that man at the helm.

Bring it on.

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