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Championship: Watford appoint Giuseppi Sannino as new boss

 

Watford have named Giuseppe Sannino as their new head coach.

The job for Sannino, 56, will be his first outside his homeland Italy, having managed various clubs over the last 17 years in the Italian leagues, the most notable including Palermo and Sienna.

He will be joined by assistant coaches Francesco Troise, Giovanni Cusatis and Paolo De Toffol, who have all worked under him previously.

Watford are currently 13th in the Championship table.

He takes over the Vicarage Road reins from compatriot Gianfranco Zola, who resigned on Monday after a run of five successive home defeats, which has left the side, widely tipped for promotion at the start of the season, in 13th place.

He will face a quick adjustment to life in the Championship over the busy festive period,  with Ipswich his first opponent on Saturday and then back to back home fixtures against Millwall and QPR.

Watford's owners, the Pozzo family, are Italian, and the club retained strong links with the country during Zola's tenure, loaning a host of players from Serie A team Udinese last season, a campaign which culminated in a defeat to Crystal Palace in the play-off final at Wembley

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