Watford have appointed Giuseppe Sannino as their new head-coach, following the departure of Gianfranco Zola on Monday, reports BBC Sport.

The 56-year-old has never managed outside of Italy, having previously taken charge of Palermo and Chievo Verona.

Zola's exit didn't come as a surprise to the Watford faithful after five straight home league losses, and their last win coming in October.

The former Chelsea star said when he left: "I feel that it's in the best interests of the team that somebody new is given the chance to bring the success we have hoped for. 

"It is for a variety of reasons, and not just over one matter or one moment, that I feel this is the right decision for me, in the best interests of the club."

He had led Watford to the play-off final last season, but suffered an extensive hangover that saw the end for Zola.

The Hornets' Italian owners moved quickly to replace the 47-year-old, and the new man doesn't come as a shock, due to their wide range of contacts back in their native country, and the knowledge of Italian football.

Despite his experience of Italian football, he's yet to manage in English football, so Watford supporters may be wary and worried.

The new man brings with him assistant coaches Francesco Troise, Giovanni Cusatis and Paolo De Toffol.

The Vicarage Road attenders will be keen for the new manager to get off to a good start, as the Championship can be a very unforgiving league, and as they sit eight points from the relegation zone, they may just get embroiled in a relegation battle.

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