Giuseppe Sannino named the new Watford head coachby Jack Kitson / 18 December 2013, 11:07Tweet
Watford have wasted no time in naming their new head coach with the Italian Giuseppe Sannino replacing countryman Gianfranco Zola at Vicarage Road. The appointment comes less than two days after Zola handed in his resignation, and the decision to rapidly bring in a man with no experience of managing in England may come as a surprise to a few supporters.
News broke on Tuesday that Sannino was set to succeed Zola after he gave a revealing interview to Radio Sportuva during which he stated that he was in advanced talks with the Hertfordshire club. Bookmakers Sky Bet instantly suspended the Next Watford Manager Market, although Sannino could still be found as the overwhelming 1/6 favourite with both Bet Victor and Stan James.
Watford’s Italian owners, the Pozzo family, obviously like what they see in Sannino, who has previously managed a whole host of teams in his homeland, although it is worth pointing out that he has lasted for only a season or less at multiple clubs. His most recent job ended in disappointment at Serie A side Chievo, who sacked him in November after just four months in charge following just won win in 12 games. He has also managed Palermo and Sienna in the top-flight.
Sannino now takes charge of a Watford side desperate for a victory. The Hornets have been on a dismal run of nine games without a win, which has left them eight points adrift of the play-offs, and now worryingly the same distance above the drop zone. The 56-year-old’s first game will be away at Ipswich, followed by home games against Millwall and QPR. The club can currently be found at 12/1 with most bookmakers to win promotion to the Premier League come the end of the campaign.