BALLOT: Was Gianfranco Zola right to resign as head coach of Watford FC?

Watford Observer: Was Zola right to resign? Was Zola right to resign?

Have your say on whether you feel Gianfranco Zola was right to resign as head coach of Watford FC today.

The Italian announced today he was leaving the club following a poor run of results culminating in a 0-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

His departure follow a successful first season at the club during which the Hornets narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

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5:53pm Mon 16 Dec 13

peter10531089 says...

Yes he was right to resign - he hasnt held the club to ransom and has gone seemingly with the best of intentions. I really hope we see him back at the Vic again soon as he will receive a rousing reception/heroes welcome.

Thank you Gianfranco
Yes he was right to resign - he hasnt held the club to ransom and has gone seemingly with the best of intentions. I really hope we see him back at the Vic again soon as he will receive a rousing reception/heroes welcome. Thank you Gianfranco peter10531089

6:05pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Watfordwes says...

I try to keep a level head on things.

Loved Zola the person, the footballer and loved last season.

But football is really result driven and cut throat, us, the pozzos and Zola himself would have expected better results and performances than recently witnessed with the squad at his disposal.

I hate people who boo jeer and call for change. We owed it to Zola nor to do so. It was up to pozzos and or Zola to make the call and perhaps it's the right one ...

My 2 fears are a negative Italian appointment or holloway. The latter really has legs, watching from a far the pozzos saw him achieve championship promotion after a mid season appointment at our expense. They know he he won promotion before.

I desperately hope I'm wrong, I'd love clarke or, di Matteo but I have a horrible feeling!
I try to keep a level head on things. Loved Zola the person, the footballer and loved last season. But football is really result driven and cut throat, us, the pozzos and Zola himself would have expected better results and performances than recently witnessed with the squad at his disposal. I hate people who boo jeer and call for change. We owed it to Zola nor to do so. It was up to pozzos and or Zola to make the call and perhaps it's the right one ... My 2 fears are a negative Italian appointment or holloway. The latter really has legs, watching from a far the pozzos saw him achieve championship promotion after a mid season appointment at our expense. They know he he won promotion before. I desperately hope I'm wrong, I'd love clarke or, di Matteo but I have a horrible feeling! Watfordwes

6:40pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ForzaWatford says...

Poor question to ask, if it's between resign or get sacked then it's right to resign and not wait for a payday.

Question should be, did you want Zola to stay?

Wasn't his contract up at the end of the season?
Poor question to ask, if it's between resign or get sacked then it's right to resign and not wait for a payday. Question should be, did you want Zola to stay? Wasn't his contract up at the end of the season? ForzaWatford

7:00pm Mon 16 Dec 13

harrowboy says...

Good point Forza, but the Wobbie is not what it was in Ollie Phillips time!

I am disappointed as I think we could have pulled through and still made the Play Offs with the likes of Abdi & Hoban to come back in the New Year.

It will be interesting to see what the Pozzo's do next as they do not appear to have tried to persuade Gianfranco to stay given how quickly this has been announced.
Good point Forza, but the Wobbie is not what it was in Ollie Phillips time! I am disappointed as I think we could have pulled through and still made the Play Offs with the likes of Abdi & Hoban to come back in the New Year. It will be interesting to see what the Pozzo's do next as they do not appear to have tried to persuade Gianfranco to stay given how quickly this has been announced. harrowboy

7:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Tizer001 says...

It's a shame I would have liked to see him stay at least until the New Year. There's so many games coming up I just hope Watford can get a few points over the Christmas period.
It's a shame I would have liked to see him stay at least until the New Year. There's so many games coming up I just hope Watford can get a few points over the Christmas period. Tizer001

7:46pm Mon 16 Dec 13

The BestTrip2011 says...

Yes I think he had to go. Losing at home to sides in the bottom 3 and seemingly unable to have a significant impact on changing tactics when things weren't working. There were no signs he was going to stop the slide. So the attention turns to a replacement. For the love of God, not Hollowhead or Warnock please.
Yes I think he had to go. Losing at home to sides in the bottom 3 and seemingly unable to have a significant impact on changing tactics when things weren't working. There were no signs he was going to stop the slide. So the attention turns to a replacement. For the love of God, not Hollowhead or Warnock please. The BestTrip2011

8:01pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Summer breeze says...

come home Kenny Jackett.
come home Kenny Jackett. Summer breeze

8:11pm Mon 16 Dec 13

PMJ1966 says...

Alex Ferguson with David Beckham as his No2?

Nurse where is my medication........?
Alex Ferguson with David Beckham as his No2? Nurse where is my medication........? PMJ1966

8:16pm Mon 16 Dec 13

JohnnyBarnes says...

Watfordwes wrote:
I try to keep a level head on things.

Loved Zola the person, the footballer and loved last season.

But football is really result driven and cut throat, us, the pozzos and Zola himself would have expected better results and performances than recently witnessed with the squad at his disposal.

I hate people who boo jeer and call for change. We owed it to Zola nor to do so. It was up to pozzos and or Zola to make the call and perhaps it's the right one ...

My 2 fears are a negative Italian appointment or holloway. The latter really has legs, watching from a far the pozzos saw him achieve championship promotion after a mid season appointment at our expense. They know he he won promotion before.

I desperately hope I'm wrong, I'd love clarke or, di Matteo but I have a horrible feeling!
Agree with absolutely all of that.
[quote][p][bold]Watfordwes[/bold] wrote: I try to keep a level head on things. Loved Zola the person, the footballer and loved last season. But football is really result driven and cut throat, us, the pozzos and Zola himself would have expected better results and performances than recently witnessed with the squad at his disposal. I hate people who boo jeer and call for change. We owed it to Zola nor to do so. It was up to pozzos and or Zola to make the call and perhaps it's the right one ... My 2 fears are a negative Italian appointment or holloway. The latter really has legs, watching from a far the pozzos saw him achieve championship promotion after a mid season appointment at our expense. They know he he won promotion before. I desperately hope I'm wrong, I'd love clarke or, di Matteo but I have a horrible feeling![/p][/quote]Agree with absolutely all of that. JohnnyBarnes

8:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

PMJ1966 says...

GZ - "Marco, mamma Mia giva me the bottle you old tease"

Marco - " non Gianfranco it's a mine"
GZ - "Marco, mamma Mia giva me the bottle you old tease" Marco - " non Gianfranco it's a mine" PMJ1966

9:09pm Mon 16 Dec 13

jasonwatford says...

If they tried to give it to Holloway can you imagine the problems it would cause ?? my ticket would be going back
If they tried to give it to Holloway can you imagine the problems it would cause ?? my ticket would be going back jasonwatford

9:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

The BestTrip2011 says...

jasonwatford wrote:
If they tried to give it to Holloway can you imagine the problems it would cause ?? my ticket would be going back
I think there'd be a queue Jason, though probably not an orderly one.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: If they tried to give it to Holloway can you imagine the problems it would cause ?? my ticket would be going back[/p][/quote]I think there'd be a queue Jason, though probably not an orderly one. The BestTrip2011

1:25am Tue 17 Dec 13

Honest Rog says...

All the threats to hand back season tickets are empty words. So what if you did? It's the club, not the manager we support. It's nice to occasionally have a good manager who is also a good personable chap e.g. Graham Taylor, Gianfranco and Malky but it's not a prerequisite for success. We sometimes have to eat our words: Similar rumblings of discontent preceded the signing of Alec Chamberlain and, further back, the late Mike Keen because of their previous but all was forgotten after their first games. I happen to agree with all the comments about Hollowhead but would not be so churlish as to stop supporting Watford if he were appointed. For what it's worth: Warnock isn't as bad as he's painted on here. His record in the second division is good and he's actually pretty well clued up as anyone reading his column in the Independent could attest to. Just saying.
All the threats to hand back season tickets are empty words. So what if you did? It's the club, not the manager we support. It's nice to occasionally have a good manager who is also a good personable chap e.g. Graham Taylor, Gianfranco and Malky but it's not a prerequisite for success. We sometimes have to eat our words: Similar rumblings of discontent preceded the signing of Alec Chamberlain and, further back, the late Mike Keen because of their previous but all was forgotten after their first games. I happen to agree with all the comments about Hollowhead but would not be so churlish as to stop supporting Watford if he were appointed. For what it's worth: Warnock isn't as bad as he's painted on here. His record in the second division is good and he's actually pretty well clued up as anyone reading his column in the Independent could attest to. Just saying. Honest Rog

8:06am Tue 17 Dec 13

a1derek says...

Personally I am really sad to see Zola go. I think the second in command has been a major issue. Said numerous times an experienced "Engliash" No.2 (like a Keith Millen, although I know he stayed at Palarse in the end) would have just given Zola that extra dimension I think he needed.

Indeed, a true gentleman and I am grateful and proud that he managed our club. He gave us some of tne best football ever seen at The Vic and one of the best ever moments I have seen in 50+ years of watching football. So, thank you Gianfranco and I wish you all the very best.
Personally I am really sad to see Zola go. I think the second in command has been a major issue. Said numerous times an experienced "Engliash" No.2 (like a Keith Millen, although I know he stayed at Palarse in the end) would have just given Zola that extra dimension I think he needed. Indeed, a true gentleman and I am grateful and proud that he managed our club. He gave us some of tne best football ever seen at The Vic and one of the best ever moments I have seen in 50+ years of watching football. So, thank you Gianfranco and I wish you all the very best. a1derek

8:11am Tue 17 Dec 13

tonyevans22 says...

I have made certain points on various forums which No one seems to grasp.In the summer we lost 3 key players in Vydra,Hogg,Chalobah,
We have had Abdi out all season,None of these players were replaced with the same qualities.Hoban,Hall
,Nosworthy,Ekstrand,
Anya and other Injuries have resulted in an Unsettled side.Supporters were living off last years achievements and all of a sudden we were going to walk this league,and expectations went through the roof,not taking into account my points on the above players leaving and being Injured.If anyone remembers we struggled in the 1st part of last season as new players were bedding in.so losing so many players the same thing was happening again.I don't blame Zola,he wasn't handed the same quality players we lost,and losing Abdi was a massive blow along with chalabah.The constant boo-ing and discontent amoungst some was being heard louder than the support..Zola brought the crowds back with the kind of football we were playing.Get 15,000 people in the ground and we would get a new stand,that was down to Zola's brand of football.I hope the boo boys are proud of themselves with the heckling,and it didn't go un-noticed in the dugout.We will be poorer for his loss,and god knows who we will get now,but IMO he made the wrong decision.
I have made certain points on various forums which No one seems to grasp.In the summer we lost 3 key players in Vydra,Hogg,Chalobah, We have had Abdi out all season,None of these players were replaced with the same qualities.Hoban,Hall ,Nosworthy,Ekstrand, Anya and other Injuries have resulted in an Unsettled side.Supporters were living off last years achievements and all of a sudden we were going to walk this league,and expectations went through the roof,not taking into account my points on the above players leaving and being Injured.If anyone remembers we struggled in the 1st part of last season as new players were bedding in.so losing so many players the same thing was happening again.I don't blame Zola,he wasn't handed the same quality players we lost,and losing Abdi was a massive blow along with chalabah.The constant boo-ing and discontent amoungst some was being heard louder than the support..Zola brought the crowds back with the kind of football we were playing.Get 15,000 people in the ground and we would get a new stand,that was down to Zola's brand of football.I hope the boo boys are proud of themselves with the heckling,and it didn't go un-noticed in the dugout.We will be poorer for his loss,and god knows who we will get now,but IMO he made the wrong decision. tonyevans22

10:13am Tue 17 Dec 13

Cuetip says...

One senses that he was exhausted in more ways than one.

Let's hope we don't hop from the frying pan into the fire in what is a very competitive league. We need a very proven grounded manager and not some flamboyant high spending one trick pony with a fancy name.
One senses that he was exhausted in more ways than one. Let's hope we don't hop from the frying pan into the fire in what is a very competitive league. We need a very proven grounded manager and not some flamboyant high spending one trick pony with a fancy name. Cuetip

10:25am Tue 17 Dec 13

OliverF1976 says...

tonyevans22 wrote:
I have made certain points on various forums which No one seems to grasp.In the summer we lost 3 key players in Vydra,Hogg,Chalobah,

We have had Abdi out all season,None of these players were replaced with the same qualities.Hoban,Hall

,Nosworthy,Ekstrand,

Anya and other Injuries have resulted in an Unsettled side.Supporters were living off last years achievements and all of a sudden we were going to walk this league,and expectations went through the roof,not taking into account my points on the above players leaving and being Injured.If anyone remembers we struggled in the 1st part of last season as new players were bedding in.so losing so many players the same thing was happening again.I don't blame Zola,he wasn't handed the same quality players we lost,and losing Abdi was a massive blow along with chalabah.The constant boo-ing and discontent amoungst some was being heard louder than the support..Zola brought the crowds back with the kind of football we were playing.Get 15,000 people in the ground and we would get a new stand,that was down to Zola's brand of football.I hope the boo boys are proud of themselves with the heckling,and it didn't go un-noticed in the dugout.We will be poorer for his loss,and god knows who we will get now,but IMO he made the wrong decision.
I have never ever booed my team and never ever will. You are absolutely right and the pressure caused by the home "supporters" was ridiculous. We have a lot of young players in the team that needed their confidence built up. Sadly the pressure was something GZ didn't seem to be able to deal with and it showed with his formation change and substitutions. He was forced into a formation change but didn't really know where to go with it. I do feel sad this morning that it is all over for the little man but after his last interview it was clear for all to see that he was doubting his own ability and once that happens it is curtains. I loved last season, the football, the highs and even the lows that made the highs even better. I just hope we continue playing this style of football under our new manager.
[quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: I have made certain points on various forums which No one seems to grasp.In the summer we lost 3 key players in Vydra,Hogg,Chalobah, We have had Abdi out all season,None of these players were replaced with the same qualities.Hoban,Hall ,Nosworthy,Ekstrand, Anya and other Injuries have resulted in an Unsettled side.Supporters were living off last years achievements and all of a sudden we were going to walk this league,and expectations went through the roof,not taking into account my points on the above players leaving and being Injured.If anyone remembers we struggled in the 1st part of last season as new players were bedding in.so losing so many players the same thing was happening again.I don't blame Zola,he wasn't handed the same quality players we lost,and losing Abdi was a massive blow along with chalabah.The constant boo-ing and discontent amoungst some was being heard louder than the support..Zola brought the crowds back with the kind of football we were playing.Get 15,000 people in the ground and we would get a new stand,that was down to Zola's brand of football.I hope the boo boys are proud of themselves with the heckling,and it didn't go un-noticed in the dugout.We will be poorer for his loss,and god knows who we will get now,but IMO he made the wrong decision.[/p][/quote]I have never ever booed my team and never ever will. You are absolutely right and the pressure caused by the home "supporters" was ridiculous. We have a lot of young players in the team that needed their confidence built up. Sadly the pressure was something GZ didn't seem to be able to deal with and it showed with his formation change and substitutions. He was forced into a formation change but didn't really know where to go with it. I do feel sad this morning that it is all over for the little man but after his last interview it was clear for all to see that he was doubting his own ability and once that happens it is curtains. I loved last season, the football, the highs and even the lows that made the highs even better. I just hope we continue playing this style of football under our new manager. OliverF1976

12:39pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Harrydownunder says...

tonyevans22 wrote:
I have made certain points on various forums which No one seems to grasp.In the summer we lost 3 key players in Vydra,Hogg,Chalobah,

We have had Abdi out all season,None of these players were replaced with the same qualities.Hoban,Hall

,Nosworthy,Ekstrand,

Anya and other Injuries have resulted in an Unsettled side.Supporters were living off last years achievements and all of a sudden we were going to walk this league,and expectations went through the roof,not taking into account my points on the above players leaving and being Injured.If anyone remembers we struggled in the 1st part of last season as new players were bedding in.so losing so many players the same thing was happening again.I don't blame Zola,he wasn't handed the same quality players we lost,and losing Abdi was a massive blow along with chalabah.The constant boo-ing and discontent amoungst some was being heard louder than the support..Zola brought the crowds back with the kind of football we were playing.Get 15,000 people in the ground and we would get a new stand,that was down to Zola's brand of football.I hope the boo boys are proud of themselves with the heckling,and it didn't go un-noticed in the dugout.We will be poorer for his loss,and god knows who we will get now,but IMO he made the wrong decision.
couldn't agree more.
[quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: I have made certain points on various forums which No one seems to grasp.In the summer we lost 3 key players in Vydra,Hogg,Chalobah, We have had Abdi out all season,None of these players were replaced with the same qualities.Hoban,Hall ,Nosworthy,Ekstrand, Anya and other Injuries have resulted in an Unsettled side.Supporters were living off last years achievements and all of a sudden we were going to walk this league,and expectations went through the roof,not taking into account my points on the above players leaving and being Injured.If anyone remembers we struggled in the 1st part of last season as new players were bedding in.so losing so many players the same thing was happening again.I don't blame Zola,he wasn't handed the same quality players we lost,and losing Abdi was a massive blow along with chalabah.The constant boo-ing and discontent amoungst some was being heard louder than the support..Zola brought the crowds back with the kind of football we were playing.Get 15,000 people in the ground and we would get a new stand,that was down to Zola's brand of football.I hope the boo boys are proud of themselves with the heckling,and it didn't go un-noticed in the dugout.We will be poorer for his loss,and god knows who we will get now,but IMO he made the wrong decision.[/p][/quote]couldn't agree more. Harrydownunder

4:12pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Goldenboy1960 says...

tonyevans22 wrote:
I have made certain points on various forums which No one seems to grasp.In the summer we lost 3 key players in Vydra,Hogg,Chalobah,

We have had Abdi out all season,None of these players were replaced with the same qualities.Hoban,Hall

,Nosworthy,Ekstrand,

Anya and other Injuries have resulted in an Unsettled side.Supporters were living off last years achievements and all of a sudden we were going to walk this league,and expectations went through the roof,not taking into account my points on the above players leaving and being Injured.If anyone remembers we struggled in the 1st part of last season as new players were bedding in.so losing so many players the same thing was happening again.I don't blame Zola,he wasn't handed the same quality players we lost,and losing Abdi was a massive blow along with chalabah.The constant boo-ing and discontent amoungst some was being heard louder than the support..Zola brought the crowds back with the kind of football we were playing.Get 15,000 people in the ground and we would get a new stand,that was down to Zola's brand of football.I hope the boo boys are proud of themselves with the heckling,and it didn't go un-noticed in the dugout.We will be poorer for his loss,and god knows who we will get now,but IMO he made the wrong decision.
I agree. We as fans ask for strength of character and desire from our management team and players. Just a shame those supporters who sing his name and then turn tail when we go through a bad run can't give that mental strength and support back. I wish and think he should have had a chat with GT about how to handle these situations. Wise words from a very experienced head who probably had the worst and most vile experience any Manager has had in this country. It would have helped massively I believe. Zola is still very much learning the job, but he always made me proud to think how humble he was and one of the nicest managers to ever grace the Vic. Such a big shame that it has gone this way. Success is all the more enjoyable after tough times and we have let him leave our family.

This game is not a predictable science and I was proud to think that our club was 'different'. Those people who have booed and complained should hang their heads in shame. Would wonder how they would react if they received the same sort of criticism in their own jobs?

This is a sad day I believe, and just hope that whoever comes in doesn't think he knows all the answers in English football without listening to exeperience. We should need to be concentrating now on getting to 54 points. Boy this game is so unpredictable.
[quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: I have made certain points on various forums which No one seems to grasp.In the summer we lost 3 key players in Vydra,Hogg,Chalobah, We have had Abdi out all season,None of these players were replaced with the same qualities.Hoban,Hall ,Nosworthy,Ekstrand, Anya and other Injuries have resulted in an Unsettled side.Supporters were living off last years achievements and all of a sudden we were going to walk this league,and expectations went through the roof,not taking into account my points on the above players leaving and being Injured.If anyone remembers we struggled in the 1st part of last season as new players were bedding in.so losing so many players the same thing was happening again.I don't blame Zola,he wasn't handed the same quality players we lost,and losing Abdi was a massive blow along with chalabah.The constant boo-ing and discontent amoungst some was being heard louder than the support..Zola brought the crowds back with the kind of football we were playing.Get 15,000 people in the ground and we would get a new stand,that was down to Zola's brand of football.I hope the boo boys are proud of themselves with the heckling,and it didn't go un-noticed in the dugout.We will be poorer for his loss,and god knows who we will get now,but IMO he made the wrong decision.[/p][/quote]I agree. We as fans ask for strength of character and desire from our management team and players. Just a shame those supporters who sing his name and then turn tail when we go through a bad run can't give that mental strength and support back. I wish and think he should have had a chat with GT about how to handle these situations. Wise words from a very experienced head who probably had the worst and most vile experience any Manager has had in this country. It would have helped massively I believe. Zola is still very much learning the job, but he always made me proud to think how humble he was and one of the nicest managers to ever grace the Vic. Such a big shame that it has gone this way. Success is all the more enjoyable after tough times and we have let him leave our family. This game is not a predictable science and I was proud to think that our club was 'different'. Those people who have booed and complained should hang their heads in shame. Would wonder how they would react if they received the same sort of criticism in their own jobs? This is a sad day I believe, and just hope that whoever comes in doesn't think he knows all the answers in English football without listening to exeperience. We should need to be concentrating now on getting to 54 points. Boy this game is so unpredictable. Goldenboy1960

9:44am Wed 18 Dec 13

DavidM says...

A manager is only as good as his players and our current squad (admittedly with key injuries) is just not good enough .I thought GZ was a breath of fresh air ,and fear his replacement
A manager is only as good as his players and our current squad (admittedly with key injuries) is just not good enough .I thought GZ was a breath of fresh air ,and fear his replacement DavidM

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