Sacked Chievo coach gets the nod to succeed Zola at Watford

Watford have announced the appointment of Giuseppe Sannino, who has replaced fellow Italian Gianfranco Zola at the helm.

Zola led the Hornets to the Championship playoff final last season, only to see his side lose to Crystal Palace and a Kevin Phillips penalty. Expectations were high that they could push on this season, but results have been disappointing and he left earlier this week with the Vicarage Road club in mid-table.

It has taken the Pozzo family little time to appoint a successor, and unsurprisingly, they have again turned to an Italian compatriot. Sannino, who was sacked by Chievo in November, has been named as the new man at the helm, and he brings with him assistants Francesco Troise, Giovanni Cusatis and Paolo De Toffo.

The 56-year-old has coached 12 teams previously across a 17-year period, which includes promotions with Sudtirol, Lecco, Pergocrema, and Varese (twice). In 2011 he was handed the reins at a Serie A club for the first time, and managed to keep Siena in the top-flight. Last season he moved on to Palermo, but was sacked after picking up one point from three games; later, though, he was rehired in March, but was unable to keep them from relegation.

His last appointment in his homeland was with Chievo, who installed him as their head coach in July of this year. However, he lasted just a dozen games this season, of which just one was won, before he was dismissed in November.

He will start his latest job this week and takes charge of his first match on Saturday, when Watford travel to Ipswich Town, before successive home matches against Millwall and current leaders Queens Park Rangers.


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