Since Javi Gracia replaced Marco Silva as Watford’s manager in January, he helped them overcome a difficult situation last season and has guided them to enjoying a good start this campaign.

Behind the scenes, the 48-year-old has introduced new rules at the club and spoke about one during a lengthy interview with Mundo Deportivo, which is published in today’s edition of the Catalan newspaper.

The players at Watford have to pay a fine of £100 for every minute they are late. When asked if it was harsh on them, the former Malaga manager said: “The goal is not to raise[money], but to avoid being late.”

“So if it happens, bad sign. Punctuality could be improved and they accepted it from the first day. These are rules that I propose in the locker room and they serve us all.”

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Gracia was further quizzed if he has many rules at the club, for which he responded: “The less they have, the better. Putting excessive rules are synonymous with irresponsibility and these players are able to understand what their obligations are.”

The Hornets manager also gave an insight on how he wants his players to be at the club.

“I give much value to ordinary people, to coach youth football and coaching late, in cold conditions, with children and with little social and economic rewards,” Gracia explained.

“The leader has to do lead by example. I want my teams to be composed of working, responsibility, committed and humble people.” 

His methods at Watford are yielding results as they are seventh in the table with 20 points after 12 games.

The English outfit will be hoping the Spaniard can guide them to their first ever top 10 finish in the Premier League.