Watford appoint former Valencia star Xisco Munoz as new head coach after Vladimir Ivic sacking


Watford have appointed Xisco Munoz as their new head coach.

Munoz, who has never previously managed in England, has replaced Vladimir Ivic at Vicarage Road.

Munoz most recently bossed Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia

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Munoz most recently bossed Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia

Ivic was relieved of his duties following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat Huddersfield, despite the Hornets’ fifth-placed position in the Championship table.

A club statement said: “Watford FC is pleased to confirm the appointment of Xisco Munoz as head coach.

“The 40-year-old Spaniard – with an attacking philosophy to his coaching – was most recently manager at Dinamo Tbilisi, where he guided the club to a second successive Georgian league title in 2020.”

Munoz, who has been assistant at Spanish clubs Gimnastic and Pobla Mafumet, played for numerous clubs, including Valencia, who he helped win LaLiga and the UEFA Cup in the 2003/04 season.

Watford are four points off an automatic promotion place after 20 matches.

Munoz’s first game in charge will be against Championship leaders Norwich on Boxing Day.

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