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Gianfranco Zola hopes Italy will follow Watford's lead after a day when 'everyone went home happy'
12:53pm Thursday 1st November 2012 in Watford FC News
Gianfranco Zola believes events like Watford's open training session yesterday are unique and said he wished they did similar days in his native Italy.
The four-hour event started with the first team's open training session, as more than 1,000 fans watched on from The Rookery, and then children were split into three different groups; with Manuel Almunia and Jonathan Bond taking turns during a penalty shoot-out with the kids, there was a crossbar challenge and also a photo session. Finally there was a photo and autograph session with the players and head coach in the Rous Stand.
Speaking immediately after the event, Zola said: "I enjoyed today very much. These days are unique and I don't think you see days like this anywhere else.
"When we did the Open Day in the summer, I said then that I wish they could do things like this in Italy. It would have been fantastic.
"Today was great. It was tiring because it was a long day and the players stayed for two hours extra after training to sign autographs but everyone went home very happy, including the players."