Former Brighton and Watford boss Oscar Garcia takes charge at Celta Vigo following departure of Fran Escriba
- Former Brighton and Watford boss Oscar Garcia has taken charge of Celta Vigo
- Sunday’s defeat at Getafe proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Fran Escriba
- Garcia will take training on Tuesday and his first game will be against Barcelona
Celta Vigo have acted swiftly in appointing a new manager by hiring former Brighton and Watford boss Oscar Garcia.
Garcia succeeds the sacked Fran Escriba, who was dismissed from his position over the weekend following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Getafe.
It is the 46-year-old’s first managerial job since his brief stint at Olympiakos last year, which lasted only four months.
Former Brighton and Watford boss Oscar Garcia has been appointed Celta Vigo manager
OSCAR GARCIA’S CV
2012–2013 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2013–2014 Brighton & Hove Albion
2014 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2015–2017 Red Bull Salzburg
‘Oscar will be accompanied by three assistants and this Tuesday he is expected to lead his first training session,’ Celta confirmed in a statement.
Garcia, who has also managed in France and Austria, takes over with the club languishing in the relegation zone.
Celta sit in 18th position and are currently two points from safety, having lost their previous four matches.
The Spaniard’s first game in charge will be a trip to La Liga champions and his former employers Barcelona on Saturday.
Garcia spent six years in Barcelona’s first-team as a player after graduating from their La Masia academy and also later worked at the club as a youth coach.
He began his managerial career with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2012 and has twice managed in England with Brighton and Watford.
Getafe celebrate after scoring the only goal of the game against Celta Vigo last weekend