Watford's Championship record under former head coach Gianfranco Zola

Watford Observer: Gianfranco Zola had more success on the road with Watford than at Vicarage Road. Picture: Action Images Gianfranco Zola had more success on the road with Watford than at Vicarage Road. Picture: Action Images

Gianfranco Zola was at the Vicarage Road helm for a total of 66 league games and won almost 44 per cent of matches in the Championship.

The former Hornets head coach led Watford to 29 victories since the start of the 2012/13 season, oversaw 15 draws and 22 defeats. Those matches saw more than 200 goals netted, with 115 scored by Watford and 86 conceded.

When Zola’s record is broken down into home and away matches, the Hornets enjoyed marginally more success on the road under his tenure.

Watford won a total of 53 points (15 wins, eight draws and ten defeats) on their travels under the Chelsea legend compared to 49 at Vicarage Road (14 wins, seven draws, 12 defeats).

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6:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

Brighton fan here. Just to say we came to your place and nicked a fortunate 1.0 win last season, then you embarked on an amazing turn around. When we played you at the Amex, we we're utterly outplayed by the best side I had seen that season and so far this.
Very surprised that you accepted his resignation, but I don't know any details other than the poor run you have been on of late.
I'm sure he would have got it right, but I guess it wasn't to be, I hope you find a decent replacement soon, but I think you'll have to go some to better him.
Good luck for the rest of the season anyway.
Brighton fan here. Just to say we came to your place and nicked a fortunate 1.0 win last season, then you embarked on an amazing turn around. When we played you at the Amex, we we're utterly outplayed by the best side I had seen that season and so far this. Very surprised that you accepted his resignation, but I don't know any details other than the poor run you have been on of late. I'm sure he would have got it right, but I guess it wasn't to be, I hope you find a decent replacement soon, but I think you'll have to go some to better him. Good luck for the rest of the season anyway. Alfie T

6:47pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Bobbyhowfield says...

You sum up what most real watford fans think.
I have been to watch nearly every game since Zola
Joined , purely because it is the best football we have played for 30 years.
You sum up what most real watford fans think. I have been to watch nearly every game since Zola Joined , purely because it is the best football we have played for 30 years. Bobbyhowfield

8:16pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bigdave8 says...

The players should be ashamed of themselves. And those players who don't want to run through walls for the cause are very welcome to leave in Jan but don't be surprised if you don't have anyone come in for you with the current levels of commitment and pride shown
The players should be ashamed of themselves. And those players who don't want to run through walls for the cause are very welcome to leave in Jan but don't be surprised if you don't have anyone come in for you with the current levels of commitment and pride shown bigdave8

8:29pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bigdave8 says...

Di Canio would be bonkers but he would put a few people in there place
Di Canio would be bonkers but he would put a few people in there place bigdave8

8:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bigdave8 says...

Their
Their bigdave8

8:38pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Grumpygrandad says...

As a Watford fan of 20 years plus the Zola tenure has been the most exhilarating and pleasing period I have had the pleasure watching. It saddens me to see him go a genuine nice bloke who played the game and managed in the only way he knew which was open attractive football. I believe we have experienced one of the best periods Watford history with open attacking football and players that have exceptional levels of skill. Last year we came within a whisker of the premier league and I feel we would have been better placed with the quality of our players to survive than Crystal Palace (although with Pulis there they may stay up). This year has inevitably been more difficult particularly with Abdi missing and we have not replaced Vydra,s searing pace upfront. However this set of players still have that level of skill and I feel he would have turned it round if he had given himself a bit more time. We just needed a bit of luck to go our way (the Anaya offside goal is good example). However is not to be good luck GZ and thanks for a great 18 months of pure pleasure
As a Watford fan of 20 years plus the Zola tenure has been the most exhilarating and pleasing period I have had the pleasure watching. It saddens me to see him go a genuine nice bloke who played the game and managed in the only way he knew which was open attractive football. I believe we have experienced one of the best periods Watford history with open attacking football and players that have exceptional levels of skill. Last year we came within a whisker of the premier league and I feel we would have been better placed with the quality of our players to survive than Crystal Palace (although with Pulis there they may stay up). This year has inevitably been more difficult particularly with Abdi missing and we have not replaced Vydra,s searing pace upfront. However this set of players still have that level of skill and I feel he would have turned it round if he had given himself a bit more time. We just needed a bit of luck to go our way (the Anaya offside goal is good example). However is not to be good luck GZ and thanks for a great 18 months of pure pleasure Grumpygrandad

5:11am Tue 17 Dec 13

oxheypaul says...

Gutted he has gone - but the stats don't lie. 14 wins at home and 12 defeats is not up to the mark.
Gutted he has gone - but the stats don't lie. 14 wins at home and 12 defeats is not up to the mark. oxheypaul

10:59am Tue 17 Dec 13

Johnny Ryden says...

Grumpygrandad wrote:
As a Watford fan of 20 years plus the Zola tenure has been the most exhilarating and pleasing period I have had the pleasure watching. It saddens me to see him go a genuine nice bloke who played the game and managed in the only way he knew which was open attractive football. I believe we have experienced one of the best periods Watford history with open attacking football and players that have exceptional levels of skill. Last year we came within a whisker of the premier league and I feel we would have been better placed with the quality of our players to survive than Crystal Palace (although with Pulis there they may stay up). This year has inevitably been more difficult particularly with Abdi missing and we have not replaced Vydra,s searing pace upfront. However this set of players still have that level of skill and I feel he would have turned it round if he had given himself a bit more time. We just needed a bit of luck to go our way (the Anaya offside goal is good example). However is not to be good luck GZ and thanks for a great 18 months of pure pleasure
Great post, sums up the facts and how we all feel!
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygrandad[/bold] wrote: As a Watford fan of 20 years plus the Zola tenure has been the most exhilarating and pleasing period I have had the pleasure watching. It saddens me to see him go a genuine nice bloke who played the game and managed in the only way he knew which was open attractive football. I believe we have experienced one of the best periods Watford history with open attacking football and players that have exceptional levels of skill. Last year we came within a whisker of the premier league and I feel we would have been better placed with the quality of our players to survive than Crystal Palace (although with Pulis there they may stay up). This year has inevitably been more difficult particularly with Abdi missing and we have not replaced Vydra,s searing pace upfront. However this set of players still have that level of skill and I feel he would have turned it round if he had given himself a bit more time. We just needed a bit of luck to go our way (the Anaya offside goal is good example). However is not to be good luck GZ and thanks for a great 18 months of pure pleasure[/p][/quote]Great post, sums up the facts and how we all feel! Johnny Ryden

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