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Javi Gracia’s visa confirmed as Leeds United make additions to backroom staff

Leeds United have announced that new manager Javi Gracia’s work permit has been confirmed.

The Spaniard was unable to take training after joining the west Yorkshire club on Tuesday.

Gracia needed a work permit as he did not automatically qualify for one under post-Brexit rules.

He has now been granted one and has started work and will be in the dugout against Southampton.

Leeds face the Saints at Elland Road on Saturday and Gracia will hope to kick off his reign with a much-needed victory.

The Whites have also announced the additions of staff that will work with the 52-year-old.

Michael Skubala will remain in the first-team set-up, having overseen the three games Leeds played since Jesse Marsch was sacked.

Paco Gallardo will take his place as the club’s under-21s head coach.

Zigor Aranalde and Mikel Antia have reunited with Gracia and will work as his assistants.

Both flew into England with him on Monday night, while fitness coach Juan Jose Solla joined them yesterday.

Leeds last won a Premier League game on November 5 and are in 19th place in the table.

Gracia can win the fans over immediately by helping the club secure their fifth victory tomorrow.

The six-pointer against Southampton is a game Leeds cannot afford to lose.

The result could set the tone for the Spaniard’s tenure, with a tough run of fixtures ahead of them.

The former Watford manager has plenty to prove after he was fired by the Hornets during his first Premier League spell.

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