Watford announce appointment of Walter Mazzarri as their new Manager

Indranil Bhattacharya / 21 May 2016

Watford have officially announced that Walter Mazzarri has signed a three-year contract with the Hornets and will be the coach, next season onwards.

Mazzarri becomes the successor of Quique Sanchez Flores at the Vicarage Road.  It has been just a few days since Quique’s departure and Watford makes a brilliant move. Quique’s break clause was activated by the club so that the Spanish coach and the club can part their ways in future. Mazzarri becomes the eighth manager in the previous four seasons for Watford FC.

The 54 year old Italian coach Mazzarri has a vast experience in his managerial career, having managed teams like Inter Milan, Napoli and Sampdoria in the Seria A. Rumours are that the Italian is taking English lessons to communicate in a better way with his squad.

Liverpool, Sunderland and Swansea were reported to be interested in the Italian too, but at last it is Watford who won the race.

Quique Sanchez Flores had a great start of the season with Watford, but the Spanish coach failed to hold on to his quality performances and ended up being 13th in the Premier League table. Watford’s FA Cup hopes also ended when Crystal Palace knocked them out in the Semi-Final stages.

Gino Pozzo, the owner of Watford FC felt a change is much needed, seeing back to back disappointing performances in the second half of the campaign, although there were so much confusion regarding the decision.

Scott Duxbury, the chief executive of Watford told the club’s official website:

‘Walter has been the target of a number of approaches for his services, so we’re delighted to secure him as head coach here at Watford.

‘We’re thoroughly looking forward to working with such a highly-regarded coach, with the progress and development of the club always remaining the highest priority.’

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