Gianfranco Zola adamant he is not using Watford as a stepping stone to Chelsea

Picture: Holly Cant

Picture: Holly Cant

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Gianfranco Zola has stressed he has no hidden agenda at Watford and stated he will do everything he can to “honour the club’s good name”.

Some of the national press used quotes Zola gave to a French magazine several months ago to claim the Italian was hoping his experiences at Watford would help him land the manager’s job at his former club, Chelsea.

France Football attributed quotes to Zola saying: “I have been dreaming of becoming a good manager. One who can lead a team like Chelsea” and also “I do not know if I will [manage Chelsea]. I think I have the abilities but I do not think I am good enough yet.”

Zola told the Watford Observer that his comments have been taken out of context by some of the English media and said claims that he was targeting the Chelsea job were “totally disrespectful to the supporters”.

He said: “The article’s annoyed me because it was from an interview that took place two months ago and it’s only come out now.

“It has completely been taken out of context because they have made me look like I am promoting myself for another job which is something that I never do. Not even when I didn’t have a job was I promoting myself in the papers. That’s one thing.

“The other thing that really upset me is that the way they put it across makes it look like I’m using this opportunity at Watford to achieve something for somebody else. That is not the case. This idea never crossed my mind and that upsets me.

“I’ve always said, since day one, that my future belongs to this club. I want to do very well for this club and give them something special and improve as a manager. That is my main task right now so I felt bad about this to be honest.”

On whether he plans to stick around at Watford much longer, Zola joked: “Until they kick me out.

“Nobody knows what the future holds for you, it’s very difficult to say but I can assure you – and you can trust me on this – I have no other agenda and I really enjoy what I am doing here.

“I enjoy the club, the atmosphere in the club and it’s better for me. I am not thinking of anything else other than giving my best for this club and giving the supporters satisfaction and results for this club.”

Watford’s unbeaten run of seven matches came to an end at the weekend following the Hornets’ 2-1 defeat to high-flying Hull City.

But Zola stressed the spirit inside the dressing room remains high and is hoping to start a new undefeated sequence at the weekend against Burnley.

Zola said: “All good things come to an end and it happened for us on Saturday. I’m pleased for the seven previous games but now we are looking forward to trying to extend a new run of games.

“Certainly on the back of what we learned from that match, I am sure we will be better.”

Zola will find out today (Friday) whether he has beaten two former Hornets to the Championship Manager of the Month award for November.

The Hornets were unbeaten during the month with four wins from six games, which included two thumping away victories against Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday, 6-1 and 4-1 respectively.

The other contenders for the award, whose winner will be announced at 10am on Sky Sports News, include Watford legend Kenny Jackett of Millwall and Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell.

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10:00am Fri 14 Dec 12

mooneysmagic says...

Alexander The Great wrote:
Well said Franco. Beats me why anyone manager with a half decent reputation would join the Chelsea madhouse.
Probably the multi-million pound wages and huge pay offs when inevitably sacked has something to do with it!
[quote][p][bold]Alexander The Great[/bold] wrote: Well said Franco. Beats me why anyone manager with a half decent reputation would join the Chelsea madhouse.[/p][/quote]Probably the multi-million pound wages and huge pay offs when inevitably sacked has something to do with it! mooneysmagic
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10:05am Fri 14 Dec 12

Bringe says...

Rumour in Italy is that Napoli desperately want him as team coach next season.
Rumour in Italy is that Napoli desperately want him as team coach next season. Bringe
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10:18am Fri 14 Dec 12

Bush Hornet says...

My. I actually agree with you Alexander.
My. I actually agree with you Alexander. Bush Hornet
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12:00pm Fri 14 Dec 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Zola knows where his bread is buttered! Watford fits his requirements for the next few years and maybe beyond! He was the Pozzo's man and is heavily backed by them and he will struggle to get the resources they offer from most league clubs!
Of course he is going to have a centermental attachment with Chelsea as he had so many great years there as a player and is adored by their fans! Only the same as Shearer wanting Newcastle job one day or Henry wanting Arsenal job one day!
Zola will become a great manager in time and we will give him this, these are exciting times and one I'm loving thanks to the Pozzo's, Zola, the board and players!
Come On You Orns!
Zola knows where his bread is buttered! Watford fits his requirements for the next few years and maybe beyond! He was the Pozzo's man and is heavily backed by them and he will struggle to get the resources they offer from most league clubs! Of course he is going to have a centermental attachment with Chelsea as he had so many great years there as a player and is adored by their fans! Only the same as Shearer wanting Newcastle job one day or Henry wanting Arsenal job one day! Zola will become a great manager in time and we will give him this, these are exciting times and one I'm loving thanks to the Pozzo's, Zola, the board and players! Come On You Orns! DuffmanWFC
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2:22pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Travelling Hornet says...

I never doubted him.
Anyone that listens to him speak can hear that he is a genuine,honest person who when he leaves will have achieved all he can for us .And will be at the end of his contract.
Not like a certain Mr BR
I never doubted him. Anyone that listens to him speak can hear that he is a genuine,honest person who when he leaves will have achieved all he can for us .And will be at the end of his contract. Not like a certain Mr BR Travelling Hornet
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3:55pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Bringe says...

Take a lesson from most European clubs and don't get too attached to the team coach...... yes I know it is Gianfranco Zola and he is a demigod but seriously he's only as good as in the direction we are travelling and the Pozzo family aren't exactly famous for their patience when results hit a wall. Sounds harsh but a DoF/team-trainer setup usually means changes bring a lot less upheaval except for on the field, where you actually want it.
Take a lesson from most European clubs and don't get too attached to the team coach...... yes I know it is Gianfranco Zola and he is a demigod but seriously he's only as good as in the direction we are travelling and the Pozzo family aren't exactly famous for their patience when results hit a wall. Sounds harsh but a DoF/team-trainer setup usually means changes bring a lot less upheaval except for on the field, where you actually want it. Bringe
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