Javi Gracia has enjoyed a fine season with Watford, but how has he done it?
Watford are in the FA Cup final and targeting seventh too, but how have they done it? Adam Bate examines their extraordinary season.
Have Watford ever had it this good? Graham Taylor took the Hornets to second spot in their first ever season in the top flight, but he didn’t reach the FA Cup final until the following year when they finished eleventh. Javi Gracia is targeting the second-best league finish in the club’s history and has Watford one game away from a first major trophy – in the same season.
In some respects, it’s the result of a long building process after three years of mid-table Premier League finishes, but there was no great certainty that Javi Gracia would be the one to take Watford to the next level. An unassuming character, it would have been no great surprise to the wider public had he departed in the summer amid little fanfare.