PROFILE: Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino is a head coach who can adapt. But what style will he play?

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One of the most interesting things in the next few weeks will be how Giuseppe Sannino sets up his Watford team.

During his spells at lower league clubs, a period when he secured five promotions, the 56-year-old developed a reputation for creating teams who play exciting and dynamic football.

He continued that when he was appointed Siena head coach in 2011. The Serie A side were always expected to be involved in a relegation battle so he made his team harder to beat without sacrificing too much attacking flair.

He kept the recently-promoted side in Serie A and reached the Coppa Italia semi-final which enhanced Sannino’s reputation and earned him a move to Palermo.

Sannino was sacked by Palermo after just three games but bizarrely rehired later that season. However, he was unable to keep them in the league.

It has been said that Sannino’s spell at Palermo was not as bad as it initially seems due to the squad being one of the club’s worst for several years and also due to their volatile owner.

His departure in the summer resulted in a move to fellow Serie A strugglers Chievo, where he prioritised being hard to beat in a 4-4-2 formation, but he was replaced after one win in 12 games.

Sannino, who had a long career in the Italian lower leagues, has had 13 clubs during his 17-year coaching career but that is not unusual in Italy.

He has won promotion five times. He guided FC Sudtriol to Serie C2 in 2000 and then seven years later he led Lecco to Serie C1 in the first of four consecutive promotions.

Pergocrema was his next stop after his two years at Lecco and he took them to Serie C1 in his first season before joining Varese, where he had the most success.

He secured back-to-back promotions from Serie C2 (now Lega Pro Seconda Divisione) to Serie B with Varese and he almost made it three on the bounce as he lost in the play-offs for a place in Serie A.

Whilst the free-flowing Varese didn’t make it to the Italian top flight, Sannino did as he was appointed manager of Siena.

His teams often use zonal pressing and he is demanding on his team tactically. He was described by one Italian journalist as being a ‘football nerd’ although it was suggested that Sannino can sometimes concern himself with the opposition too much.

It is said that Sannino’s teams ‘always fight’ and he tries to develop a togetherness among the squad.

Formation wise, he used to play 3-5-2 regularly at Varese and Siena, with impressive results from an attacking perspective, and he has used a number of systems including 4-3-3 and particularly 4-4-2 when in charge of strugglers Palermo and Chievo.

So it will be interesting to see whether he tries to utilise Watford’s attacking players in a 3-5-2 or 4-3-3 system or whether he attempts to end their nine-match winless run by being more compact in a 4-4-2 formation.

Click here to read a comment piece by deputy group sports editor Frank Smith on Sannino's appointment.

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6:36pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Hornet1995 says...

Sannino woaah
Sannino woaah
He comes from italy
He's got less hair than me.
Sannino woaah Sannino woaah He comes from italy He's got less hair than me. Hornet1995

7:08pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

He sounds good. Doesn't compromise on attacking, free-flowing football. Able to utilise different systems. 'Nerdy' and learned. A bit like Wenger. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the research Frank
He sounds good. Doesn't compromise on attacking, free-flowing football. Able to utilise different systems. 'Nerdy' and learned. A bit like Wenger. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the research Frank Bush Hornet

8:29pm Thu 19 Dec 13

mellow yellow says...

Yep, well done Frank for the last two articles, and Jason for the interesting insight on an earlier thread. Cheers.
Yep, well done Frank for the last two articles, and Jason for the interesting insight on an earlier thread. Cheers. mellow yellow

8:33pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

There seems to be a new professionalism with recent Wobbo articles.

I'm liking it.

Keep up the good work
There seems to be a new professionalism with recent Wobbo articles. I'm liking it. Keep up the good work Hornet Cornet

9:05pm Thu 19 Dec 13

jasonwatford says...

Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!!
Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!! jasonwatford

10:23pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Bobbyhowfield says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!!
Oh you are a tease !!!
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!![/p][/quote]Oh you are a tease !!! Bobbyhowfield

11:24pm Thu 19 Dec 13

#luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!!
Oh you are a tease !!!
Oh you are full of S*** ..... #provenfailedITK
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!![/p][/quote]Oh you are a tease !!![/p][/quote]Oh you are full of S*** ..... #provenfailedITK #luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts

4:04am Fri 20 Dec 13

jaemae2 says...

The Championship is a lot different in many ways (many difficult ways) than Serie C....
The Championship is a lot different in many ways (many difficult ways) than Serie C.... jaemae2

6:35am Fri 20 Dec 13

mellow yellow says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!!
Sure thing, fella. But reading your post was fascinating. I had my doubts too, and had reached similar conclusions around the time of the Yeovil game, but they were based purely on hunches and not with any knowledge. Sounds like you are aware of a lot, which would make for a great pint, or three, but some things are best left close to the chest, I guess. Will be waiting to see who gets offloaded, and to connect that to my suspicions.

Once again, thanks for the post. Everyone on here should read it, if they haven't already done so.

Forever yellow.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!![/p][/quote]Sure thing, fella. But reading your post was fascinating. I had my doubts too, and had reached similar conclusions around the time of the Yeovil game, but they were based purely on hunches and not with any knowledge. Sounds like you are aware of a lot, which would make for a great pint, or three, but some things are best left close to the chest, I guess. Will be waiting to see who gets offloaded, and to connect that to my suspicions. Once again, thanks for the post. Everyone on here should read it, if they haven't already done so. Forever yellow. mellow yellow

6:37am Fri 20 Dec 13

mellow yellow says...

jaemae2 wrote:
The Championship is a lot different in many ways (many difficult ways) than Serie C....
Thanks for the perception in that post. Most interesting.
[quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: The Championship is a lot different in many ways (many difficult ways) than Serie C....[/p][/quote]Thanks for the perception in that post. Most interesting. mellow yellow

10:05am Fri 20 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
There seems to be a new professionalism with recent Wobbo articles.

I'm liking it.

Keep up the good work
Yes, more of the insightful local journalism please, and less tabloid style headlines and sensationalism.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a new professionalism with recent Wobbo articles. I'm liking it. Keep up the good work[/p][/quote]Yes, more of the insightful local journalism please, and less tabloid style headlines and sensationalism. Harry's Bar

10:26am Fri 20 Dec 13

jasonwatford says...

#luvreadingthesamemu
ppetscommentingasexp
erts
wrote:
Bobbyhowfield wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!!
Oh you are a tease !!!
Oh you are full of S*** ..... #provenfailedITK
This is why I don't bother that much anymore as you have wanna be nobodys like this idiot on here.
[quote][p][bold]#luvreadingthesamemu ppetscommentingasexp erts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!![/p][/quote]Oh you are a tease !!![/p][/quote]Oh you are full of S*** ..... #provenfailedITK[/p][/quote]This is why I don't bother that much anymore as you have wanna be nobodys like this idiot on here. jasonwatford

10:43am Fri 20 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

mellow yellow wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!!
Sure thing, fella. But reading your post was fascinating. I had my doubts too, and had reached similar conclusions around the time of the Yeovil game, but they were based purely on hunches and not with any knowledge. Sounds like you are aware of a lot, which would make for a great pint, or three, but some things are best left close to the chest, I guess. Will be waiting to see who gets offloaded, and to connect that to my suspicions.

Once again, thanks for the post. Everyone on here should read it, if they haven't already done so.

Forever yellow.
Yes, it sounds plausible. It seems that everything that went wrong can be traced back to last Summer. Rather ironic that that was a time of hyper confidence amongst the fans. I remember someone putting £800 on us finishing in the top six. It seemed like a good idea at the time!
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!![/p][/quote]Sure thing, fella. But reading your post was fascinating. I had my doubts too, and had reached similar conclusions around the time of the Yeovil game, but they were based purely on hunches and not with any knowledge. Sounds like you are aware of a lot, which would make for a great pint, or three, but some things are best left close to the chest, I guess. Will be waiting to see who gets offloaded, and to connect that to my suspicions. Once again, thanks for the post. Everyone on here should read it, if they haven't already done so. Forever yellow.[/p][/quote]Yes, it sounds plausible. It seems that everything that went wrong can be traced back to last Summer. Rather ironic that that was a time of hyper confidence amongst the fans. I remember someone putting £800 on us finishing in the top six. It seemed like a good idea at the time! Harry's Bar

11:12am Fri 20 Dec 13

Boosey says...

jasonwatford wrote:
#luvreadingthesamemu ppetscommentingasexp erts wrote:
Bobbyhowfield wrote:
jasonwatford wrote: Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!!
Oh you are a tease !!!
Oh you are full of S*** ..... #provenfailedITK
This is why I don't bother that much anymore as you have wanna be nobodys like this idiot on here.
I know there is truth in what you are saying, so on behalf of many others that believe, keep it coming!
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]#luvreadingthesamemu ppetscommentingasexp erts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Your welcome mellow yellow........I shouldn't really say but I am at heart a fan and sometimes we need to know the truth. All I can tell you now is a lot will change as it's like a new boss coming in at work and making you all do what you should have been doing but havn't for ages !!! Players will go players will want to go...others will be glad of the change. I could tell you things that would make your teeth itch ....so sometimes best you don't know what goes on !!![/p][/quote]Oh you are a tease !!![/p][/quote]Oh you are full of S*** ..... #provenfailedITK[/p][/quote]This is why I don't bother that much anymore as you have wanna be nobodys like this idiot on here.[/p][/quote]I know there is truth in what you are saying, so on behalf of many others that believe, keep it coming! Boosey

8:28pm Fri 20 Dec 13

bert slater says...

its a new era for the hornets lets get behind the team,the same players are available for the new manager lets see how they perform for him the only way is up .COME ON YOU ORNS
its a new era for the hornets lets get behind the team,the same players are available for the new manager lets see how they perform for him the only way is up .COME ON YOU ORNS bert slater

9:02pm Fri 20 Dec 13

esercito giallo says...

Lets embrace the Italian way. I have a feeling Deeney will either hate it or knuckle down as he did before and become the player we thought he would be last season. Then we can sell him; because he is not and never will be a premiership player!
Lets embrace the Italian way. I have a feeling Deeney will either hate it or knuckle down as he did before and become the player we thought he would be last season. Then we can sell him; because he is not and never will be a premiership player! esercito giallo

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