If reports are to believed, Oscar Garcia is swaying the way of the vacant Watford manager’s job over taking up the hot seat at Elland Road, according to the Watford Observer.
The former Brighton boss who has been out of a job since walking out at the end of last season has been linked with several jobs in both England and Spain. It is believed that Garcia is the target of three clubs but it is likely to come down to a decision between the Hornets and Leeds.
Watford started their search for a manager yesterday as manager Beppe Sannino resigned with the club in second place. Leeds, meanwhile, sacked manager David Hockaday after a 2nd round League Cup defeat against Bradford last Wednesday.
Garcia has an impressive C.V. having started his career in coaching as a member of the team at the Barcelona academy. He took his first top job at Maccabi Tel Aviv two years ago and in his one year in charge of the Israeli club he won the league title before resigning.
He replaced Gus Poyet at Brighton last summer and took the Seagulls to the Championship play-offs where they were outplayed over the two legs by Derby County. After the defeat Garcia offered his resignation which was accepted by the Brighton board and he returned to Tel Aviva. However he did not take charge of a single game in his second spell, leaving last week citing political tension as the reason for his 3rd resignation in 15 months.
As a manager Garcia has an impressive record with an overall win rate of over 51% and as a player he was very successful at Barcelona winning La Liga four times, the UEFA Super Cup twice, the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, the Copa del Rey twice and the Spanish Super Cup, twice at Barcelona and also at Valencia.
Garcia’s thorough attention detail and knowledge of the Championship at Brighton makes him an ideal candidate and it seems like it will be down to Oscar whether he works at Watford or Leeds.