Xisco Munoz: The Eccentric Career Path of a Title-Winning Manager
Xisco Munoz’s journey in football management has been a rollercoaster ride. After taking Watford back to the Premier League with eight wins in a row, he was sacked just seven games into the top-flight season. Despite this setback, he remains in high spirits, preparing himself for the next challenge.
Munoz’s career began with a title in Georgia, and he attributes his success to the influence of Rafa Benitez, his coach at Valencia, where he was part of the 2004 title-winning team. Munoz recalls that the key to their success was teamwork, power, concentration and a winning mentality. Benitez taught him how to manage different situations and set up a team to get the best out of individual players.
At Watford, Munoz applied these principles to great effect, including with Ismaila Sarr, who scored the winner against Millwall in Munoz’s first game in charge, and helped his team gain promotion to the Premier League. Despite his sacking, Munoz feels deserving of another opportunity in England and hopes to return soon, saying that the difference between success and failure lies in the details.
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