Javi Gracia has told Friday’s press conference – as per Leeds United’s YouTube – that he is not focusing on his future as Leeds manager, but did make the point that the Whites are in a better position than when he took over.
The Spanish gaffer got off to a superb start. Three wins and a draw in his first six League games. But Leeds have gone winless in their last four League games, and with Leeds in a perilous position, the nerves are on the rise.
Gracia joined Leeds after Michael Skubala was in place for three games, following the sacking of Jesse Marsch. He signed a deal that was coined a ‘flexible contract’ by Leeds. Sunday’s clash against Bournemouth is now massive.
A win against Bournemouth and Leeds have every chance of avoiding the drop. But, should Leeds fail to beat the Cherries, it is difficult to see where our next points come from in the remaining four Premier League matches.
Not only is Gracia’s tenure at Leeds under pressure because of the recent run of form, and massive defeats to Liverpool and Palace. But because of question marks over team selection, and Gnonto. He responded on Friday.
“I’m concerned about the situation of the team. When I arrived we were in a worse position. We have got 11 points from 10 games. We want to get more. We are focused on trying our best in the last five games, starting on Sunday.”
Javi Gracia is not focusing on his future as Leeds manager
It would be foolish for Gracia to be thinking beyond the end of the season. Leeds have given him what they have termed as a flexible contract, so they could make a decision at the end of the campaign. Does he get the job?
Probably not, at this moment in time. Even if Leeds do stay up, you would argue that he might not get to keep it on a permanent basis. It might be that Leeds go in a different direction. Patrick Bamford says he has been impressed.