Udinese head coach Francesco Guidolin rules himself out of the running for Watford job

Watford Observer: As expected, Francesco Guidolin confirms he will not be taking over Watford. Picture: Action Images As expected, Francesco Guidolin confirms he will not be taking over Watford. Picture: Action Images

Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Watford head coach position.

With Udinese 15th in Serie A, after four defeats in their last six matches, the prospect of Guidolin being appointed by fellow Pozzo-owned club Watford following Gianfranco Zola's departure always seemed unlikely despite initially being the bookies' favourite.

And today Guidolin told udineseblog.it: "There is no chance [of taking over Watford]. But I want to spare a thought and a hug [for] Zola who has shown distinction and a sense of responsibility on this occasion."

Former Palermo and Chievo manager Giuseppe Sannino has claimed he is on his way to England to discuss replacing Zola. Read more here.

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2:56pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

Hey Guido you can give Zola a hug from me too
Hey Guido you can give Zola a hug from me too Bush Hornet

3:00pm Tue 17 Dec 13

bristol hornet says...

We need a British manager and preferably one with a proven track record in the Championship.

Enough of these foreign guys who are pals with the Pozzos. We need someone like Steve Clarke, Alan Curbishley, Neil Warnock, Roberto De Matteo (the only non-British one I would recommend), and even.........dare I say it, our old mate Hollowhead.

If we appoint someone like the two being mentioned, we could seriously end up in a relegation battle at the end of the season!
We need a British manager and preferably one with a proven track record in the Championship. Enough of these foreign guys who are pals with the Pozzos. We need someone like Steve Clarke, Alan Curbishley, Neil Warnock, Roberto De Matteo (the only non-British one I would recommend), and even.........dare I say it, our old mate Hollowhead. If we appoint someone like the two being mentioned, we could seriously end up in a relegation battle at the end of the season! bristol hornet

3:09pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Hollowhead, Warnock, curbishley, can you please do likewise so we can all sleep a little easier tonight ? I'm also ruling myself out, as is my wife.
Hollowhead, Warnock, curbishley, can you please do likewise so we can all sleep a little easier tonight ? I'm also ruling myself out, as is my wife. Mickey Quinn, not so thin

3:28pm Tue 17 Dec 13

CLHornet says...

We need the right man regardless of nationality.
We need the right man regardless of nationality. CLHornet

4:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

andyhooked says...

"We need the right man regardless" is right. Who will be in charge before hand?
"We need the right man regardless" is right. Who will be in charge before hand? andyhooked

4:40pm Tue 17 Dec 13

endean2 says...

bristol hornet wrote:
We need a British manager and preferably one with a proven track record in the Championship.

Enough of these foreign guys who are pals with the Pozzos. We need someone like Steve Clarke, Alan Curbishley, Neil Warnock, Roberto De Matteo (the only non-British one I would recommend), and even.........dare I say it, our old mate Hollowhead.

If we appoint someone like the two being mentioned, we could seriously end up in a relegation battle at the end of the season!
Hollowhead!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!

I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume a joke.
a sick one though
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: We need a British manager and preferably one with a proven track record in the Championship. Enough of these foreign guys who are pals with the Pozzos. We need someone like Steve Clarke, Alan Curbishley, Neil Warnock, Roberto De Matteo (the only non-British one I would recommend), and even.........dare I say it, our old mate Hollowhead. If we appoint someone like the two being mentioned, we could seriously end up in a relegation battle at the end of the season![/p][/quote]Hollowhead!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume a joke. a sick one though endean2

4:54pm Tue 17 Dec 13

jaemae2 says...

bristol hornet wrote:
We need a British manager and preferably one with a proven track record in the Championship.

Enough of these foreign guys who are pals with the Pozzos. We need someone like Steve Clarke, Alan Curbishley, Neil Warnock, Roberto De Matteo (the only non-British one I would recommend), and even.........dare I say it, our old mate Hollowhead.

If we appoint someone like the two being mentioned, we could seriously end up in a relegation battle at the end of the season!
if they appointed one of the above it would be more likely to be in a relegation battle, is what I think you meant...
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: We need a British manager and preferably one with a proven track record in the Championship. Enough of these foreign guys who are pals with the Pozzos. We need someone like Steve Clarke, Alan Curbishley, Neil Warnock, Roberto De Matteo (the only non-British one I would recommend), and even.........dare I say it, our old mate Hollowhead. If we appoint someone like the two being mentioned, we could seriously end up in a relegation battle at the end of the season![/p][/quote]if they appointed one of the above it would be more likely to be in a relegation battle, is what I think you meant... jaemae2

5:47pm Tue 17 Dec 13

sgevans says...

What about Malky?
What about Malky? sgevans

6:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

rousman 2 says...

Malky is a good shout we need a manager who knows this division other wise it is frying pan & fire time, we would be better off with GFZ he knows more about football in this country than the man that is 1/6 favorite for the job.
Malky is a good shout we need a manager who knows this division other wise it is frying pan & fire time, we would be better off with GFZ he knows more about football in this country than the man that is 1/6 favorite for the job. rousman 2

7:00pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Bobbyhowfield says...

Regardless of who we appoint , we will have players who have shown themselves capable of playing good attacking . Once we have all our key players back we will move up the league.
Play offs still a good bet.
Regardless of who we appoint , we will have players who have shown themselves capable of playing good attacking . Once we have all our key players back we will move up the league. Play offs still a good bet. Bobbyhowfield

7:08pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Colin.Foster's.Left.Boot says...

Pay what we need to get Kenny Jackett from wolves. and bring Gibbs back onto the coaching staff to sort out the defence. If we need someone with Italian experience with this current squad then I am sure luther would love to work with these 2!
Pay what we need to get Kenny Jackett from wolves. and bring Gibbs back onto the coaching staff to sort out the defence. If we need someone with Italian experience with this current squad then I am sure luther would love to work with these 2! Colin.Foster's.Left.Boot

8:18pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Watforce says...

The Pozzo family have invested a large amountin the Watford project, so they will appoint someone that they trust and can communicate with.
Rest easy it's not going Gollum Hollowhead, he can barely do English.
The new manager must be able to work within their framework, and probably will not be British.
The guy from Southampton was unknown in this country but seems to be doing OK, apart from his English.
The Pozzo family have invested a large amountin the Watford project, so they will appoint someone that they trust and can communicate with. Rest easy it's not going Gollum Hollowhead, he can barely do English. The new manager must be able to work within their framework, and probably will not be British. The guy from Southampton was unknown in this country but seems to be doing OK, apart from his English. Watforce

8:49pm Tue 17 Dec 13

rayman01 says...

It's only now when the dust has settled that we realise what we have lost. For any perceived faults Zola had as a coach I doubt we will have such a rapport and love for the new guy. The age of innocence and open attacking football of last season has well and truly gone. Uncertainty and fear for the future have taken over - up or down - who knows? But what stands out is that after the great GT Zola is without doubt my favourite manager of the recent Watford era. Can't remember us singing about Dyche or Boothroyd. Above everything Zola is a true gent and fell on his sword when he could not find the answers anymore. Real class to show such respect for the supporters and convinced he gave his heart and soul to make things happen for this great club. In the modern cynical football times we live that something to admire. Always will luv the Horns.
It's only now when the dust has settled that we realise what we have lost. For any perceived faults Zola had as a coach I doubt we will have such a rapport and love for the new guy. The age of innocence and open attacking football of last season has well and truly gone. Uncertainty and fear for the future have taken over - up or down - who knows? But what stands out is that after the great GT Zola is without doubt my favourite manager of the recent Watford era. Can't remember us singing about Dyche or Boothroyd. Above everything Zola is a true gent and fell on his sword when he could not find the answers anymore. Real class to show such respect for the supporters and convinced he gave his heart and soul to make things happen for this great club. In the modern cynical football times we live that something to admire. Always will luv the Horns. rayman01

8:53pm Tue 17 Dec 13

SAHornet says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
Regardless of who we appoint , we will have players who have shown themselves capable of playing good attacking . Once we have all our key players back we will move up the league.
Play offs still a good bet.
Same would have been true had we kept GZ and appointed a decent 2IC
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: Regardless of who we appoint , we will have players who have shown themselves capable of playing good attacking . Once we have all our key players back we will move up the league. Play offs still a good bet.[/p][/quote]Same would have been true had we kept GZ and appointed a decent 2IC SAHornet

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