Watford: Hornets begin manager search

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Watford are currently on the search for a new manager after Gianfranco Zola decided to resign from his position at Vicarage Road after a disappointing run of results.

Having come so close to securing a return back to the Premier League last season, the Hornets find themselves in 13th place in the Championship table after a disappointing start and look like they could struggle to make the playoffs this time around.

A run of five straight home defeats, including a 1-0 loss to strugglers Sheffield Wednesday over the weekend, meant Zola thought his stay at Vicarage Road was untenable.

The Italian handed his resignation in on Monday and the Pozzo family owners are thought to have already lined up a replacement in the form of former Siena and Palermo boss Giuseppe Sannino.

With little time being wasted, the 57-year-old has confirmed he has made contact with the Championship outfit and getting set for talks.

Sannino told Radio Sportiva: “Me to Watford? I don’t want to say too much but there has been some contact and soon I will fly to England to analyse things and to understand if something can be born.

“I always want to be working in the field and I always want new challenges.”

Early signs indicate Sannino will be given the post at Vicarage Road ahead of a busy festive period which will make or break the club’s season.

The Italian will clearly have little time to adapt to the style of the Championship and will have to learn quickly if Watford are to finish in the top six.

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