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Zola poised to become Watford manager

Gianfranco Zola looks set to become the new manager of Watford, following the takeover of the club by the Pozzo family and the sacking of Sean Dyche.

The Pozzos, who own Italian Serie A side Udinese and Spanish club Granada, completed a deal to buy the Hornets last Friday.

Dyche has been sacked after he led Watford to 11th place in the Championship last season, their best finish for four years.

Zola will become Watford’s second Italian manager in 10 years, after Gianluca Vialli’s spell in charge between 2001 and 2002.

Giampaolo Pozzo says a verbal agreement has already been made with 45-year-old Zola. Commenting on Zola’s impending appointment, Pozzo said: "We are on the right path and hence, I believe he will be our new coach."

The English coaches are different to that of the Italians in terms of managing. Before deciding on the coach we needed time. "My son (Gino) will be in London as well tomorrow [Tuesday] and there should be no problem."

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