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Italian legend Zola close to taking charge at Watford

The club’s chairman has suggested negotiations are “on the right path”.

Zola previously managed West Ham.
Zola previously managed West Ham.

EX-CHELSEA PLAYER Gianfranco Zola is close to becoming the manager of Watford, according to the club’s new owner Giampaolo Pozzo.

Speaking to Sky Italia earlier today, Pozzo said:

“The Watford deal was conducted by my son (Gino), who works a lot in London. We are trying to revive a historic club and to bring it back to the Premier League.

“Zola? We are on the right path and hence, I believe he will be our new coach. We have a verbal agreement.

“The English coaches are different to that of the Italians in terms of managing. Before deciding on the coach we needed time.

“My son will be in London as well tomorrow and there should be no problem.”

Zola previously managed West Ham for two years, before being replaced in the role by Avram Grant in 2010, after the club narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League.

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