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Watford hires Gracia, blames Everton for change of manager

LONDON (AP) Watford's rapid turnover of managers produced the ninth change in less than six years Sunday when Javi Gracia replaced Marco Silva following a downturn in form blamed on Everton.

Watford has fallen to 10th place in the Premier League after winning only one of its last 11 games during a slump that started with Silva being pursued by Everton.

The Portuguese was denied the move to a better-resourced rival, even though Watford could have received around $15 million in compensation for a manager only hired in May. The tables have been turned with Watford believing that Silva was still distracted by outside interest and had to go.

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