Francisco Javier Munoz Llompart Profile

Name Francisco Javier Munoz Llompart
Short Name Xisco
Born Sep 05, 1980
Age 41 years
Birthplace Manacor, Spain
Height 5ft 9ins

Xisco is the former manager of Watford FC and has won the Erovnuli Liga with FC Dinamo Tbilisi as both a player and a manager.

As a player he turned out for Valencia, Levante and Real Betis among other Spanish sides in an 18-year career.

Early career

Xisco began his career in the RCD Mallorca youth side before moving to Valencia CF to be in their youth set-up.

He got sent out on loan to Recreativo de Huelva of the Segunda Division in 2000, scoring 10 goals in his first season at senior level.

After a season on loan at CD Tenerife followed by a further season back at Recreativo, Xisco returned to Valencia in the summer of 2003.

He was a key part of the Valencia first team for the following two seasons. In the 2003/04 campaign, Xisco played in 22 matches as Valencia won their sixth league title. He also helped his side win their first and only UEFA Cup in 2004, featuring in eight matches but acting as an unused substitute in the final against Olympique Marseille. He was again confined to the bench as Valencia beat Porto to win the UEFA Super Cup later that year.

Time at Real Betis

In 2005, Xisco joined Real Betis on a six-year contract. He played in a variety of attacking positions and in 2006/07 scored three times as Real Betis narrowly avoided relegation from the top-flight of Spanish soccer.

The 2008/09 season was not the finest of Xisco's career, though, as he played in just nine games, scoring once, as his side were relegated.

Levante and later years

In the summer of 2009, Xisco left Real Betis and joined Levante UD, who were also in the second flight. In the 2009/10 campaign, he helped his side gain promotion, scoring eight times. In the 2010/11 season, Xisco played in 26 games, starting 18 times, as his side managed to retain their top-flight status.

After two seasons with Levante, Xisco moved abroad, joining FC Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia in 2011.

In the 2012/13 season, he scored a career-best 22 times as he guided his side to the Erovnuli Liga title. A year later, Dinamo Tbilisi won the crown for the second straight year. This was Dinamo Tbilisi's second successive double as they also secured the Georgian Cup in 2012/13 and 2013/14. The Georgian Super Cup followed in December 2014.

In that same month, Xisco returned to Spain after signing an 18-month deal with third-tier outfit Gimnastic de Tarragona. Once this had expired, he announced his retirement to become assistant manager at the club.

Coaching career

In January 2019, Xisco returned to Dinamo Tbilisi to work with Zaur Svanadze. He left a year later once Dinamo had claimed the Georgian title for the first time in three years.

In August 2020, he became the head coach of Dinamo Tbilisi. He won his first trophy just four months later as Dinamo retained their league crown.

Eleven days after winning the Georgian title, Xisco was appointed manager of Championship side Watford FC. His first game in charge was on Boxing Day 2020, a 1-0 win over league leaders Norwich City.

Xisco was awarded the Championship Manager of the Month for March after five straight wins, while on April 24, 2021, his team achieved promotion to the Premier League with two games remaining. They went on to finish second in the EFL Championship.

He got off to a winning start in his first Premier League game as the Hornets ran out 3-2 winners over Aston Villa on August 14, 2021.

However, things turned sour quickly and Watford parted company with Xisco Munoz after just seven games of the Premier League season.

The 1-0 defeat at Leeds at the start of October left Watford with seven points from a possible 21. Since beating Villa on the opening day of the season, the club's only other league victory came against bottom side Norwich.

Xisco's personal life

Xisco has a younger brother who was also a professional footballer, having once played for Mallorca. However, he spent the majority of his career in the Spanish lower leagues.

Xisco's net worth

There is no reliable information on Xisco's net worth.