Former Valencia winger Xisco Munoz has been named as William Troost-Ekong’s new coach at Watford following the sacking of Vladimir Ivic.

The 40-year-old who won La Liga and the UEFA Cup 16 years ago under Rafa Benitez and shares the same agent as the former Sky Bet Championship side boss Javi Gracia.

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Munoz leaves role in charge Georgian top-flight side Dinamo Tbilisi to take over at Vicarage Road as he becomes the club fifth coach in just over a year after Ivic was sacked on Saturday after a 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield in the Championship.

 However, in a statement on the club’s official website: “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 will be joined at Watford by Roberto Cuesta (assistant coach) and Jorge Abella (strength and conditioning coach), while Antonello Brambilla – who was already at the club – will move into the role of first-team goalkeeping coach.”

Munoz’s first game in charge of Watford is against promotion rivals and Championship leaders Norwich and on January 9 they face Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup.

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