Arsenal head trainer Unai Emery has revealed that he was with Javi Gracia within his hometown, discussing Sunday match against Watford, if they learned he had been sacked.
Watford chose to part company last Saturday five games – all which ended in defeat – to the new effort, and five months later he led them outside.
Quique Sanchez Flores replaced gracia, which makes his return to Watford in Vicarage Road after his death.
Regrettably the news of his sacking coincided with the chance assembly of his buddy, Emery, in Spain.
«It’s amazing,» said Emery. «I met himwe found each other last week in my city, in Hondarribia, when I had been there with my family.
«I had been walking and facing us was Javi Gracia. And in the moment we started talking about our match, and we ended it knowing he was sacked. It’s a story that is fantastic, yes?
«He is a very good mentor, as he showed last year in Watford.
«The club chose, and I have to honor that. He will work and he is going to continue his career like he is, such as a great coach.»
Emery may have to rethink his approach for Sunday’s trip to Watford having a guy responsible for the Hornets, however he is familiar with Sanchez Flores.
The Valencia of emery were pumped out of the Europa League at the stage in 2010 by Sanchez Flores’ Atletico Madrid – the eventual winners of the tournament.
«I recall it,» he explained. «Every coach, every player, every person in football remembers some matters. I recall we drew and then we drew 0-0 away.
«In the last minute the referee didn’t give us an wonderful penalty for the opportunity to win. In my way, everything that occurred to me is something to learn from, to get expertise.
«Sometimes it is positive, at the moment more positive, but also unfavorable. I heard from it all.»
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