By Pranav Shahaney

20th Feb, 2023 | 3:02pm

Leeds United open talks with Javi Gracia - Fabrizio Romano

Leeds United have reportedly opened talks to appoint former Watford manager Javi Gracia as they aim to bring in a new boss.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Whites’ shortlist is now down to two names with them still not decided on Jesse Marsch’s successor.

The decision is likely to be made soon with Gracia understood to be a serious candidate for the job.

Via Twitter, Romano wrote, “Leeds United are now in talks with Javi Gracia as potential new manager, he’s serious candidate for the job to replace Jesse Marsch. Club will make internal decision soon on the manager situation — there are two names in the shortlist.”

Get him in

Gracia may not have had an illustrious managerial career in the Premier League, but his Watford side played some really good football.

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If he can be a short-term fix and get some of the Leeds players to play up to their potential, it may not be the worst idea in the world.

He’s clearly a better manager than Michael Skubala who’s just been an under-21s manager and does not have that kind of senior experience.

Results under him haven’t been great either so there is need for fresh ideas if Leeds are to avoid getting relegated from the Premier League.

Gracia should ideally be given a contract until the end of the season as he may not be the one for the long-term but could be a good short-term fit.

Leeds cannot waste time with this and need to get the appointment done as soon as possible.

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