Watford fan Matthew Mesiano discusses Gianfranco Zola's resignation and the future under Giuseppe Sannino

Watford Observer: Zola resigned on Monday. Picture: Action Images Zola resigned on Monday. Picture: Action Images

What a week it has been for Watford FC!

This time last week it seemed as though Gianfranco Zola’s Hornets had turned a corner after two well-fought away draws.

With a promising match against almost bottom Sheffield Wednesday to come, it seemed like the perfect game to kick-start the fightback on home soil.

Sadly it wasn’t to be and a 1-0 defeat later, Gianfranco decided that he could do no more, resigning on Monday.

The reaction from the fans was widespread - many were devastated that the former Chelsea star had thrown the towel in whilst others were pleased the Italian had in their opinion seen the light.

I’ve spoken on the subject of managers and their short life-span before so I won’t repeat myself like a broken record, only to say that although I’m well aware that Zola made this decision himself.

It is my feeling that he should have stayed and crucially the board should have come out weeks ago and publically backed him.

Football is a strange game indeed but Zola has gone and now we must look to the future under hastily appointed manager Giuseppe Sannino.

So what do we know about this new manager?

Well impressively Mr Sannino has over 17 years of coaching experience, however the majority of this has come at clubs low down in the Italian league pyramid.

Interestingly he hasn’t held down many of his jobs for a long time. His longest stay at one club being over two years at Varese and his shortest being three months at Palermo.

Four different clubs have dismissed Mr Sannino before the end of the season, which sounds worrying, however the good news is that Giuseppe has had many promotion successes most notably leading Varese from Serie C2 to Serie B before failing at the final hurdle to make it to Serie A by being beaten in the playoffs – a heartache the Watford fans are all too familiar with.

To summarise I don’t think anyone could be disappointed with the vast amount of coaching experience that Sannino brings with him to Watford.

However with the majority of it being in the Italian lower leagues, whether he is ready to make the jump to the English Championship (a league which is seen as being of a higher standard than its Italian counterpart) only time will tell.

Whilst some fans have embraced the change and welcomed Sannino with open arms, many fans have responded negatively to the new appointment, with preferred names such as Warnock, Holloway and Di Matteo seeming to not have been considered by the Watford board.

Arguably some of these targets may not have been interested in a move to Watford however what they would have brought (which so far none of the appointed backroom coaching staff or Sannino himself can claim to have) is experience of managing in the Championship.

This English experience that many fans have been demanding has not been thought necessary by the Pozzo’s. Ultimately it seems as though the Watford fans have been asked to play the waiting game and trust the board’s decisions.

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9:04am Fri 20 Dec 13

Dutch Hornet says...

just because you know the names of Leeds, Blackpool, QPR and some of the players that you may have worked with in the past does not win you football matches. What you do with the ball when you have it and and how you win it back when you do not - win football matches (plus the ability to score!!)
This is down to tactics. we have gifted players - its what you get them doing is key. If Sannino is a tactician as is claimed this will be very interesting to truly see what these players can do - needs some time though, although with 26 games to go and 78 points available this season is far from over!!!!
just because you know the names of Leeds, Blackpool, QPR and some of the players that you may have worked with in the past does not win you football matches. What you do with the ball when you have it and and how you win it back when you do not - win football matches (plus the ability to score!!) This is down to tactics. we have gifted players - its what you get them doing is key. If Sannino is a tactician as is claimed this will be very interesting to truly see what these players can do - needs some time though, although with 26 games to go and 78 points available this season is far from over!!!! Dutch Hornet

9:24am Fri 20 Dec 13

Hornankey says...

Time will tell. The appointment has not been greeted with universal joy! A battle-hardened Championship veteran would have made more sense to most fans. It makes me wonder on the role that the Pozzos envisage for WFC in their portfolio of football clubs.
Time will tell. The appointment has not been greeted with universal joy! A battle-hardened Championship veteran would have made more sense to most fans. It makes me wonder on the role that the Pozzos envisage for WFC in their portfolio of football clubs. Hornankey

9:35am Fri 20 Dec 13

QUINNPT says...

Whoever you appoint is never a guarantee of success. Even if we did appoint a British guy with Championship experience, how do we know if they will be a success or not.
Whilst the jury will still be out for a few weeks for the new guys, one should not 'judge a book by its cover', as I expect there to be many more twists and turns in the weeks and months ahead that is the story of WFC.
So fellow WFC fans get behind them, as we have our own part to play and as the players will need a kick up the backside, as do we - in singing and shouting (in a good way) particularly when the going gets tough....as it no doubt will.
Whoever you appoint is never a guarantee of success. Even if we did appoint a British guy with Championship experience, how do we know if they will be a success or not. Whilst the jury will still be out for a few weeks for the new guys, one should not 'judge a book by its cover', as I expect there to be many more twists and turns in the weeks and months ahead that is the story of WFC. So fellow WFC fans get behind them, as we have our own part to play and as the players will need a kick up the backside, as do we - in singing and shouting (in a good way) particularly when the going gets tough....as it no doubt will. QUINNPT

9:49am Fri 20 Dec 13

ChrisG85 says...

The way I see it is fans were calling for experience whilst claiming Zola has been "found out" with his tactics. Throw names like Warnock, Holloway & Di Matteo into the hat and you know what you are getting and so do other teams. Di Matteo hasn't got that much more experience than GZ. This appointment, whilst on the surface is disappointing to some, leaves us all guessing. Can you imagine how the teams we are facing going into the festive period are sitting there scratching their heads how to set up against us? They'd have done analysis of GZ's games, we are now a team that they have to guess. The best thing Sannino can do with these next 2 games is mix his tactics up a little. Leave the teams guessing, we all know how QPR are playing this season, a 1-0 here, a 1-0 there. The team and tactics will hopefully rejuvinated and we will be that team again. It'll take some work so I'm not expecting the results straight away but if you don't give it a go, you're going to fail.
The way I see it is fans were calling for experience whilst claiming Zola has been "found out" with his tactics. Throw names like Warnock, Holloway & Di Matteo into the hat and you know what you are getting and so do other teams. Di Matteo hasn't got that much more experience than GZ. This appointment, whilst on the surface is disappointing to some, leaves us all guessing. Can you imagine how the teams we are facing going into the festive period are sitting there scratching their heads how to set up against us? They'd have done analysis of GZ's games, we are now a team that they have to guess. The best thing Sannino can do with these next 2 games is mix his tactics up a little. Leave the teams guessing, we all know how QPR are playing this season, a 1-0 here, a 1-0 there. The team and tactics will hopefully rejuvinated and we will be that team again. It'll take some work so I'm not expecting the results straight away but if you don't give it a go, you're going to fail. ChrisG85

10:40am Fri 20 Dec 13

northofwatfordpete says...

I wonder if the Pozzos wanted to bring in Sannino to give Zola a bit of tactical support but recent events have lead to him being appointed manager - it was all very quick.
I wonder if the Pozzos wanted to bring in Sannino to give Zola a bit of tactical support but recent events have lead to him being appointed manager - it was all very quick. northofwatfordpete

11:42am Fri 20 Dec 13

RobboBTC says...

Whatever the Pozzo's decide to do I am happy. They are in this for the long haul. They have delivered in all aspects of the club and have already invested heavily. They are not going to invest in a manager they don't think will succeed, they are as desperate to get into the Premiership as much as us fans. After all we could have the disgraceful Bassini in charge with far more worries than who our new manager is.
Whatever the Pozzo's decide to do I am happy. They are in this for the long haul. They have delivered in all aspects of the club and have already invested heavily. They are not going to invest in a manager they don't think will succeed, they are as desperate to get into the Premiership as much as us fans. After all we could have the disgraceful Bassini in charge with far more worries than who our new manager is. RobboBTC

2:43pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

"preferred names such as Warnock, Holloway"

From what I've read and heard nobody would have preferred either of those two.
"preferred names such as Warnock, Holloway" From what I've read and heard nobody would have preferred either of those two. Harry's Bar

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