Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has revealed that he had been discussing Sunday’s upcoming match against Watford, when they heard he had been sacked.
Watford took the decision to part company last Saturday, just five matches – all which ended in defeat – into the effort, and five weeks after he led them out in the FA Cup final.
Quique Sanchez Flores quickly replaced gracia, which makes his return to Watford three years in Vicarage Road after his death.
Unfortunately the information of his own sacking coincided with the possibility meeting with his close buddy, Emery, in Spain.
“It is astonishing,” said Emery. “I met him, we discovered each other last week in my city, in Hondarribia, when I had been there with my family.
“I was walking and facing us was Javi Gracia. And at the moment we began talking about our match, and we finished it knowing he was sacked. It is a fantastic story, yes?
“He is an excellent trainer, as he demonstrated this past year in Watford.
“The team chose, and I must honor that. He will work and he’s going to continue his profession like he is, such as a wonderful coach.”
Emery might need to rethink his strategy for Sunday’s trip to Watford using a new guy responsible for the Hornets, however he is acquainted with Sanchez Flores.
Emery’s Valencia were knocked from the Europa League in the stage in 2010 from Sanchez Flores’ Atletico Madrid – the eventual winners of this tournament.
“I remember it,” he said. “Every coach, every player, every person in football remembers some matters. I remember we drew 2-2 at home and we drew 0-0 away.
“In the last minute the referee didn’t give us an wonderful punishment for the chance to triumph. In my way is something to learn from, to get experience.
“Sometimes it’s positive, at the moment more favorable, but also negative. I heard from it all.”
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