LEEDS UNITED head coach target Oscar Garcia has been named as the new manager at Watford.
The former Brighton head coach had been at the centre of a tug-of-war between the Hornets and Leeds for his services after leaving his job as coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv last week.
Garcia’s representatives had been in contact with Leeds president Massimo Cellino, but had also held discussions with Watford’s Italian owners, the Pozzo family and he has now chosen the Hertfordshire outfit ahead of Leeds.
The club have announced his appointment following Sunday’s resignation of Guiseppe Sannino.
, with the Hornets expected to name the Spainard as their next boss today following Sunday’s resignation of Guiseppe Sannino. A number of names remain in the forefront of the betting to take over at Leeds, including former West Brom head coach Steve Clarke, although he is expected to take his time before embarking on his next move in management.
Another candidate whose odds came tumbling down in the odds to take over at Leeds at the weekend, former Whites boss SImon Grayson, is not thought to be high on the list of candidates who Cellino has short-listed to be handed the Elland Road post following the axing of David Hockaday.
Sannino could himself become a candidate for the vacancy in the aftermath of his departure from Watford. The 57-year-old, who coached Watford for just nine months, is believed to be looking to remain in English football.
Cellino is spending time in America this week and was absent from Elland Road as FIFA’s summer transfer deadline came and went at 11pm last night.
United confirmed the arrival of striker Brian Montenegro on a season-long loan from Paraguayan top flight club Nacional – a deal which includes an option to buy him outright next summer – but the club sold Matt Smith to Fulham minutes before the 11pm cut-off.
The London side, who signed Ross McCormack from Leeds in a £10.75m transfer in July, targeted Smith yesterday just two weeks after the forward signed a new three-year deal at Elland Road. Fulham are understood to have paid a fee of £500,000.
Fellow striker Dominic Poleon joined Oldham Athletic for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal. In a separate development, Souleymane Doukara’s loan from Catania was converted into a permanent deal just before the deadline.
The Frenchman, who is suffering from an ankle injury, originally joined Leeds on a season-long loan.