Reaction to Gianfranco Zola's resignation as Watford head coach

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  • Zola resigns as Watford head coach in an open letter to the fans
  • In a statement the club wrote: "The board fully respects his decision and Gianfranco will be welcome at Watford Football Club at any time in the future."
  • Several players have reacted to Zola's resignation

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We hope you enjoyed our live blog following the news Gianfranco Zola has departed - or if you have just clicked on it for the first time, we hope you enjoy reading back on today's events.

The Watford Observer sports desk were very sad to see Gianfranco Zola leave the club and the manner in which he departed proves why. He has conducted himself impeccably from start to finish.

We wish him all the best in the future.

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Before we close this live blog, I am going to plug a number of the articles we have written this evening.

Where better to start than the first announcement from Watford FC. It includes a mini statement which includes genuine best wishes from the club. Read the statement here.

An open letter from the ex-Watford FC head coach Gianfranco Zola can be seen here. As always, Zola handles himself like a gentleman and comes out of it with huge credit.

The writing appeared on the wall following his post-match press conference on Saturday night, which can be heard by clicking this link.

I don't personally expect Udinese's head coach to take over at Watford but he was the early front runner with the bookies. The initial odds can be seen here.

Do you agree with Zola's decision to go? Tell us via this link. After all, the Italian won 44 per cent of his matches in charge of the Hornets but the nine-game winless run proved too much for him. You can see a brief statistical review of his reign here.

A number of the Hornets players have already expressed their disappointment at Zola's departure. You can see their tweets here.

 

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Unexpectedly, Gianfranco Zola is trending on Twitter. I'd suspect a large proportion of it is being positive about him and the way he has departed.

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Not been a good couple of days for George Thorne - he has lost his last two managers in the space of 48 hours after Steve Clarke's sacking on Saturday night and Gianfranco Zola's departure today

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Watford Observer: Lloyd Doyley

Lloyd Doyley is now set for his eighth different manager - ninth in total if you count Malky Mackay twice. Can you name them all?

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Football changes very quickly - it was only 11 weeks ago that Gianfranco Zola was nominated for the Championship's Manager of the Month award. See here.

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And if you missed it here is Zola's letter of resignation this afternoon.

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Click here to see Zola's statistics as Watford head coach....

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InterludeWFC says...

Our form at the moment is about as bad as it could possibly be, but given time I do believe he would have turned it around. The short-sightedness and impatience of some fans has transmitted to Zola, and this has directly contributed to his decision - instant success does not equate to long-lasting success, just remember that.

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croxley46 says...

A real gentleman, tears are welling up, but at the end of the day it is results that count and by his own admission he didn't feel he could turn it around so did the honourable thing and resigned. How many other managers would do that? They'd wait to be sacked and take a sackful of cash with them.

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You can read a quick statistical reflection on Gianfranco Zola's time at Vicarage Road here.

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This just never gets boring.

Zola's celebration after Troy Deeney scored against Leicester City at the end of last season...

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Only 52% per cent of voters so far think Zola was right to resign as Watford head coach.

Vote here.

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ramage1996 says

Glenn Hoddle
Darren Ferguson
Gary Neville
Aidy Boothroyd

In that order

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RobboBTC says

Steve Clark for me.

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Who do you want to see in charge next at Vicarage Road? 

To see who the bookies are tipping, click here

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Was Zola right to resign?

Vote in the Watford Observer's poll here

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"Everyone knows how Gianfranco Zola likes football to be played.

"I think Watford's fans can expect an exciting and attacking style from his team.

"Gianfranco represents this project perfectly." 

Watford technical director Gianluca Nani on Gianfranco Zola when he was appointed head coach in July 2012.
For the full story click here
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“I don’t feel anything right now but I have probably pulled something and it will no doubt come tomorrow morning. “I just lost it. I don’t even know where I was going. I don’t know whether I was chasing Troy or someone else. “That is football. I felt younger making that run.”

Zola talking about his memorable reaction to Troy Deeney's incredible goal against Leicester City in May

For that reaction in May again in full, click here

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And here's some pictures of Watford's most memorable day under Zola, that never-to-be-forgotten play-off win over Leicester...Watford Observer:

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Listen to Gianfranco Zola's final press conference as Watford head coach here

 

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GoldenManc says...

Bye GFZ thanks for last season - shame its almost impossible to play attacking football anymore - especially when nobody can score. Steve Clarke please

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South LDN orn says...

I hear AVB is looking for work.

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SuperHorn says...

So sad to see Zola leave. Quality manager and I wish him all the best for the future. The only 2 coaches I want to see are either Clarke (formerly of West Brom) or Stuart Pearce. I definitely don't want to see Di Canios mug at the Vic

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Roberto Di Matteo? Glenn Hoddle? Steve Clarke? Watford fans, who do you want next?

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Relive those unforgettable scenes against Leicester City at the end of last season. Was this Zola's best moment as Watford boss?

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Poppet Bear says...

Don't think I've ever been so gutted about a manager (coach) leaving Watford. After a lifetime of watching route one football, this was a breath of fresh air. Good luck in the future, GFZ . I just hope, for the sake of Watford, that everybody who wanted this, we're correct !!!

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Goalkeepers Union says...

What is the saying?...be careful what you wish for.
I am fearful that the grass may not be greener!!

Who next?

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Dino1982 says...

Personally think that a few experienced players have been causing problems from the start of the season.

They know who they are.

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MapleHornet says...

Thank you, GFZ for what you have done for this club. Last season saw the best football we have had at the Vic in a long, long time. It was indeed a Zola-coaster, and you are right, the Leicester game will live long in the memory for all Hornets. Not sure what has gone wrong this season but something hasn't clicked - good luck for your and our future.

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JonBoy says...

I am so sad at this news. I'm guessing he went of his own accord because that's the kind of man he is. Tanks for the fantastic football we witnessed last season Gianfranco. A bad day for Watford

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Bush Hornet says...

Personally gutted. Wish you well Gianfranco. Thanks for the good times.

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M T Head says

I think it's a real shame. We had one of the most enjoyable seasons last year all be it ending in disappointment. Thanks GFZ for the memories.

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Watforce says

A lovely guy and a football legend.
I feel sad that an amazing 16 months has ended like this.
Sometimes it is better to be a lucky manager than a good one. This season his luck has run dry ... Abdi injury, Vydra & agent, Chelski's bonker's 34K a week contract for NC, Hogg north move, players making freak mistakes, dodgy ref decisions.
All the best GFZ!

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And here is the club's statement on Zola's departure: "Watford FC wishes to place on record its sincere gratitude to Gianfranco for his achievements at Vicarage Road, and for always acting with the utmost dignity and grace."

 

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Gianfranco Zola says his decision to resign is due to his wish to put the interests of the club first. For more on Zola's open letter to Hornets' fans see here.

 

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M T Head says

I think it's a real shame. We had one of the most enjoyable seasons last year all be it ending in disappointment. Thanks GFZ for the memories.

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jasonwatford says

Thank you GFZ , I will always welcome you to Vicarage Road

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jasonwatford says

Thank you GFZ , I will always welcome you to Vicarage Road

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Watford FC has announced Gianfranco Zola has resigned as head coach following a poor run of results. For more on his departure see here

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4:52pm Mon 16 Dec 13

M T Head says...

I guess the majo
I guess the majo M T Head
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jasonwatford says...

Thank you GFZ , I will always welcome you to Vicarage Road
Thank you GFZ , I will always welcome you to Vicarage Road jasonwatford
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M T Head says...

I think it's a real shame. We had one of the most enjoyable seasons last year all be it ending in disappointment. Thanks GFZ for the memories.
I think it's a real shame. We had one of the most enjoyable seasons last year all be it ending in disappointment. Thanks GFZ for the memories. M T Head
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4:59pm Mon 16 Dec 13

South LDN orn says...

I hear AVB is looking for work....
I hear AVB is looking for work.... South LDN orn
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5:02pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Watforce says...

A lovely guy and a football legend.
I feel sad that an amazing 16 months has ended like this.
Sometimes it is better to be a lucky manager than a good one. This season his luck has run dry ... Abdi injury, Vydra & agent, Chelski's bonker's 34K a week contract for NC, Hogg north move, players making freak mistakes, dodgy ref decisions.
All the best GFZ!
A lovely guy and a football legend. I feel sad that an amazing 16 months has ended like this. Sometimes it is better to be a lucky manager than a good one. This season his luck has run dry ... Abdi injury, Vydra & agent, Chelski's bonker's 34K a week contract for NC, Hogg north move, players making freak mistakes, dodgy ref decisions. All the best GFZ! Watforce
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5:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

parkhouse hornet says...

Genuine, decent, honest guy. A great pity this hasn't worked as he has been a great ambassador for our club.
I for one hope he goes on to find success somewhere. Thanks GZ.
Genuine, decent, honest guy. A great pity this hasn't worked as he has been a great ambassador for our club. I for one hope he goes on to find success somewhere. Thanks GZ. parkhouse hornet
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5:51pm Mon 16 Dec 13

peter10531089 says...

He had more integrity and class than any club deserves. Lets face it after five home defeats and four without scoring there was no calls of "Zola Out" at the ground (only from the brave keyboard warriors on these forums) and I am grateful that I support a club like that (even with the booing at the end - which was totally understandable - it wasnt just directed at Zola)

Sheer class from start to finish (even when the team ran out of steam) and shame he didnt seem to have a more experienced number two this season

Very sad day that it didnt (quite) work out.
He had more integrity and class than any club deserves. Lets face it after five home defeats and four without scoring there was no calls of "Zola Out" at the ground (only from the brave keyboard warriors on these forums) and I am grateful that I support a club like that (even with the booing at the end - which was totally understandable - it wasnt just directed at Zola) Sheer class from start to finish (even when the team ran out of steam) and shame he didnt seem to have a more experienced number two this season Very sad day that it didnt (quite) work out. peter10531089
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5:53pm Mon 16 Dec 13

RobboBTC says...

Steve Clark for me.
Steve Clark for me. RobboBTC
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5:54pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Watfordwes says...

http://www.oddscheck
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He's 5/2 second favourite for west brom job ...

Surely not ?

I love Zola but recent form does not warrant a premiership appointment !
http://www.oddscheck er.com/football/foot ball-specials/west-b rom/next-permanent-m anager He's 5/2 second favourite for west brom job ... Surely not ? I love Zola but recent form does not warrant a premiership appointment ! Watfordwes
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5:56pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ramage1996 says...

Glenn Hoddle
Darren Ferguson
Gary Neville
Aidy Boothroyd

In that order
Glenn Hoddle Darren Ferguson Gary Neville Aidy Boothroyd In that order ramage1996
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6:03pm Mon 16 Dec 13

stewbyhorn says...

After what Gianfranco achieved last season it was always going to be hard if we didn't get off to a flier. I'm gutted he's gone as he was an absolute gentleman who was always great to be and my team whenever we met him. Thanks for the great times and good luck for the future.
After what Gianfranco achieved last season it was always going to be hard if we didn't get off to a flier. I'm gutted he's gone as he was an absolute gentleman who was always great to be and my team whenever we met him. Thanks for the great times and good luck for the future. stewbyhorn
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6:59pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Paulie.H says...

A real gentleman. Results were not great but he should have stuck it out. He would have turned it around. Were only 8 points off the playoffs even without a win in nine. Good luck for the future GZ.
A real gentleman. Results were not great but he should have stuck it out. He would have turned it around. Were only 8 points off the playoffs even without a win in nine. Good luck for the future GZ. Paulie.H
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7:12pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bigmeuprudeboy says...

Paul Tisdale.
Alex inglethorpe
Stan Collymore


No to Di Canio, he is a facist.
Paul Tisdale. Alex inglethorpe Stan Collymore No to Di Canio, he is a facist. bigmeuprudeboy
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7:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Bobbyhowfield says...

ramage1996 wrote:
Glenn Hoddle
Darren Ferguson
Gary Neville
Aidy Boothroyd

In that order
Are you F-ing insane.!!
[quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: Glenn Hoddle Darren Ferguson Gary Neville Aidy Boothroyd In that order[/p][/quote]Are you F-ing insane.!! Bobbyhowfield
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7:36pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ramage1996 says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
ramage1996 wrote:
Glenn Hoddle
Darren Ferguson
Gary Neville
Aidy Boothroyd

In that order
Are you F-ing insane.!!
Whats the problem mate! Are you saying Glenn Hoodle aint good enough?


I must admit though i do do have a bit of a thing for Aidy, his rugby style punts into the corner at kick off is what i like. Thats why I put him in at number four on my list!
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: Glenn Hoddle Darren Ferguson Gary Neville Aidy Boothroyd In that order[/p][/quote]Are you F-ing insane.!![/p][/quote]Whats the problem mate! Are you saying Glenn Hoodle aint good enough? I must admit though i do do have a bit of a thing for Aidy, his rugby style punts into the corner at kick off is what i like. Thats why I put him in at number four on my list! ramage1996
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8:07pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ramage1996 says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
ramage1996 wrote:
Glenn Hoddle
Darren Ferguson
Gary Neville
Aidy Boothroyd

In that order
Are you F-ing insane.!!
Surely it aint me suggesting Aidy Boothroyd? The manager who took us over from a Champ team in the bottom half that had just sold the remaining decent players we had in the summer and then got us promoted to the Premier League spending just one million pounds on King, Henderson and Spring who went on to score 60 goals between them.

yeeea suggesting Aidy is a 'F-ing insane' thing to do!

The third most successful Watford manager in history considering his circumstances when taking over and his success.
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: Glenn Hoddle Darren Ferguson Gary Neville Aidy Boothroyd In that order[/p][/quote]Are you F-ing insane.!![/p][/quote]Surely it aint me suggesting Aidy Boothroyd? The manager who took us over from a Champ team in the bottom half that had just sold the remaining decent players we had in the summer and then got us promoted to the Premier League spending just one million pounds on King, Henderson and Spring who went on to score 60 goals between them. yeeea suggesting Aidy is a 'F-ing insane' thing to do! The third most successful Watford manager in history considering his circumstances when taking over and his success. ramage1996
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8:37pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Monstermunch17 says...

Please no-one else come on here and tell us all that Zola was a gentleman. It is such an obvious, and pointless, thing to say, (and generally said by cliche-spouting halfwits who've just heard someone else say it on Talksport, so know it must be true).

Regardless of whether Zola was Ghandi, Sir Ghalahad and the Dalai Lama rolled into one, he proved himself, again, to be a pretty ordinary football manager, a job he was paid handsomely to do. That is surely more relevant here.
Please no-one else come on here and tell us all that Zola was a gentleman. It is such an obvious, and pointless, thing to say, (and generally said by cliche-spouting halfwits who've just heard someone else say it on Talksport, so know it must be true). Regardless of whether Zola was Ghandi, Sir Ghalahad and the Dalai Lama rolled into one, he proved himself, again, to be a pretty ordinary football manager, a job he was paid handsomely to do. That is surely more relevant here. Monstermunch17
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8:55pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Cuetip says...

Zola was doing his best and sometimes it is not always good enough. C'est la vie and when the fat lady sings, it's lights out. Football management is well paid and fans expect winners no matter what the injury list, agents, etc.

Best of luck for the future and thanks for last year.
Zola was doing his best and sometimes it is not always good enough. C'est la vie and when the fat lady sings, it's lights out. Football management is well paid and fans expect winners no matter what the injury list, agents, etc. Best of luck for the future and thanks for last year. Cuetip
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9:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Cuetip says...

Football management is tough and financially rewarding which leads fans to expect winners regardless of injuries, agents, etc.

When the fat lady puts her boots on, it's lights out. You did your best but it just didn't work out especially with playing one up front.

Thanks for last season's roller coaster and best of luck for the future. Always welcome.
Football management is tough and financially rewarding which leads fans to expect winners regardless of injuries, agents, etc. When the fat lady puts her boots on, it's lights out. You did your best but it just didn't work out especially with playing one up front. Thanks for last season's roller coaster and best of luck for the future. Always welcome. Cuetip
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9:43pm Mon 16 Dec 13

mickallen57 says...

Thanks for last season GFZ it was truly amazing. I am so sorry that things have not worked out.
Back to business . It's Steve Clark or Di Matteo, for me . I would like to see someone in soon to stop the slide . Our group of talented players need to start clawing their way back up the table and mounting a serious challenge on a playoff position. COYH
Thanks for last season GFZ it was truly amazing. I am so sorry that things have not worked out. Back to business . It's Steve Clark or Di Matteo, for me . I would like to see someone in soon to stop the slide . Our group of talented players need to start clawing their way back up the table and mounting a serious challenge on a playoff position. COYH mickallen57
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10:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

@julesmckenzie says...

Scary times. Never felt so edgy about the demise of a Watford manager. The future seems uncertain again!

Bitter sweet as we knew it was on the cards, kind of wanted a change but were unsure of what needed to change.

He did the job he was employed to do almost to a fault. Maybe inflexibility was his downfall. Sometimes you got to work around situations instead of through them.

Good luck GFZ. Your integrity and honesty were refreshing and never in doubt.

Now let's start to get behind the team and staff until the new boss takes charge. Onwards. We are still Watford FC and we are still destined for success under the Pozzos.

COYH
Scary times. Never felt so edgy about the demise of a Watford manager. The future seems uncertain again! Bitter sweet as we knew it was on the cards, kind of wanted a change but were unsure of what needed to change. He did the job he was employed to do almost to a fault. Maybe inflexibility was his downfall. Sometimes you got to work around situations instead of through them. Good luck GFZ. Your integrity and honesty were refreshing and never in doubt. Now let's start to get behind the team and staff until the new boss takes charge. Onwards. We are still Watford FC and we are still destined for success under the Pozzos. COYH @julesmckenzie
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