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Zola plays down Sunderland talk

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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola has insisted he is happy at the club, despite being linked with the newly vacant Sunderland position.

Zola, 47, has guided Watford to fifth in the early Championship standings and they are the top scorers in the division as it stands at the moment.

The Hornets were unable to secure promotion back to the Premier League last season on the final day as they lost at home to Leeds United – before being beaten by Crystal Palace in the play-off final.

The Black Cats, who are currently stuck at the bottom of the table with only one point from a possible 15, are currently on the hunt for a new manager to replace Paolo Di Canio.

The former Chelsea player told Sky Sports News: "Of course I am flattered that I have been considered but I am really happy over here and like what I am doing.

“I think my growth as a manager has been massive and so I want to fulfil this task that I will be here."

Kevin Ball will act as manager until a new man is installed after previously filling the caretaker role in 2006.

"The situation last time was slightly different to this time, but it did give you an experience, whether it be for one or 10 games,” said Ball.

"I enjoyed it last time and I hope I feel the same way about this one as well. It allows you to say, 'well, I have done it before, it's not something that's unexpected'.

“I have coached for ten years, so within that, you do so many things that a manager would do anyhow, it's not a fantastically, unbelievable step."

Zola is merely one of a host of candidates reportedly being considered for the role, with Roberto di Matteo, Steven McClaren and Alex McLeish also being linked with the job. 

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