Leeds United have turned to former Watford head coach Javi Gracia of their bid to keep away from relegation from the Premier League, appointing the Spaniard on a “versatile contract”.

Leeds have confronted a number of setbacks of their bid to exchange Jesse Marsch since sacking the American earlier this month, seeing an strategy for Rayo Vallecano’s Andoni Iraola blocked.

Feyenoord’s Arne Slot additionally dominated himself out of competition, leaving interim coach Michael Skubala to supervise their final three video games – a defeat at Everton following a return of 1 level from a double-header in opposition to Manchester United.

Defeat at Goodison Park final day out left Leeds two factors adrift of security in nineteenth place, and Gracia might want to make an instantaneous affect in opposition to backside membership Southampton on Saturday.

His appointment – and involvement forward of that match – is topic to acquiring a piece allow, a Leeds assertion stated on Tuesday.

The obscure phrases across the size of Gracia’s contract counsel Leeds may transfer once more for one in all their prime targets within the close to future.

Gracia oversaw an Eleventh-placed Premier League end and an FA Cup last defeat to Manchester Metropolis in his solely full season at Watford, having saved the Hornets up after his January 2018 arrival.

The 52-year-old then led Valencia to a Thirteenth-placed end in LaLiga within the 2020-21 marketing campaign, earlier than profitable the Qatar Stars League in his final job with Al Sadd.

Since beating Chelsea 3-0 in August, Leeds have collected simply 12 factors from 20 Premier League video games – the worst return within the English prime flight throughout that span.

The Elland Street outfit are and not using a Premier League victory since beating Bournemouth 4-3 in early November, shedding six of their final 10 video games within the competitors.