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New Watford boss Gianfranco Zola is 'assessing' which coaching staff will stay
Gianfranco Zola says he is still assessing which backroom staff he wants to keep at Watford but the club's chief executive has confirmed the arrival of two new coaches.
The Watford Observer revealed on Monday that assistant manager Ian Woan, first team coach Tony Loughlan and head of medical Dave Hart were all set to leave the Hornets, and that Dodo Sormani and Giancarlo Corradini would be coming in.
Zola was appointed Watford manager, although the title may change to head coach, on Saturday and last night was his first press conference at Vicarage Road.
He confirmed: "I am bringing some people with me and I am also keeping some that were already here.
"We are working on that and I will be more precise in the next few days. At the moment this is the situation because I only came in at the last minute and we only had a few days to prepare. We are assessing the situation.
"The fitness coach Matt Springham (sports scientist) and also Alec Chamberlain, the goalkeeper coach, are staying with us and also more staff - but I do not have all the names right now to give to you.
"I will also bring in a couple of people from Italy. At the moment I am evaluating the situation and considering everything to allow us to become confident in the environment before being more precise."
We spoke to Watford's new chief executive Scott Duxbury after Zola's press conference and he confirmed Sormani and Corradini have joined the club.
"It is just those two but they have worked with some big names and are meant to be top class coaches," Duxbury said.
The former West Ham United CEO stated he was unable to confirm the departures of Woan, Loughlan and Hart though.
He said: "I am not sure to be honest. Gianfranco wasn't trying to be evasive [during his press conference]. He wanted some of his own people and he is evaluating who is going to stay.
"He wants a healthy mix of the existing staff with his own staff as well, so I can't answer that one because I am not sure if he has made his mind up yet."
You can see our live blog from last night here and there will be more quotes from Zola and Duxbury published during the course of today and also in this week's Watford Observer.