Watford: Sannino enters Hornets nest

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Watford have turned to Italian coach Giuseppe Sannino to try and revive their flagging fortunes this season.

The Vicarage Road post became available after Gianfranco Zola resigned from the position earlier this week due to the Hornets’ miserable run of form.

They have not won in nine Championship games, with five defeats and four draws seeing the Hertfordshire club drop to 13th place in the table with 25 points from 20 games played.

It has been a dramatic fall from grace for the former Premier League club as they briefly topped the table in August and it will be another Italian who now has the task of trying to rescue their season and guide them back towards the play-off zone.

Sannino played only lower league football in Italy during a 13-year professional career but has extensive managerial experience, having taken the reins at 12 different clubs over the past 17 years.

His most recent assignment was at Serie A club Chievo but, after just four-and-a-half-months in charge, the 54-year-old was sacked with the club languishing near the foot of the table.

He is no stranger to the vagaries of football management, having endured two spells at Palermo last season when he was sacked after just three games only to be re-hired for the end-of-season run-in and subsequent relegation.

While he is unlikely to be treated in a similar way at Watford, the former Sienna coach will have to deliver the goods with the club desperate to return to the promised land sooner rather than later.

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