Sunday 20 August 2017

Watford's managers under the Pozzo family

Marco Silva is Watford's new head coach
Marco Silva is Watford's new head coach

Since the Pozzo family took over Watford in June 2012 the club have had nine managers, with former Hull boss Marco Silva the latest appointment.

Press Association Sport looks at the other men the Italian owners have hired and fired.

SEAN DYCHE (sacked July 6 2012)

Despite leading the club to their highest Championship finish for four years (11th) in his first season in charge, Dyche lasted just a week under the new owners.

GIANFRANCO ZOLA (appointed July 7 2012, resigned December 16 2013)

Guided Watford to third in the Championship only to lose the play-off final to Crystal Palace. Quit after five successive home defeats and two months without a win.

GIUSEPPE SANNINO (appointed December 18, 2013, resigned August 31, 2014)

The Italian's first job outside his homeland ended him with resigning with the club second in the early Championship table after after stating he had "gone as far as I can" with the Hornets amid rumours of players being unhappy with his management style.

OSCAR GARCIA (appointed September 2, 2014, resigned September 29, 2014)

The former Brighton boss took charge of only one match - a 1-0 defeat to Charlton - before being admitted to hospital for tests in relation to chest pain and ill health forced his departure soon after.

BILLY McKINLAY (appointed September 29, 2014, departed October 7 2014)

McKinlay took over from Garcia and took four points from his two matches in charge but within eight days he was out of a job having turned down a backroom role following the Watford owners' decision to bring in Slavisa Jokanovic.

SLAVISA JOKANOVIC (appointed October 7, 2014, departed June 5 2015)

The Serbian guided Watford back to the Premier League with a second-place finish but having only agreed a contract until the end of the season negotiations on a more permanent deal broke down.

QUIQUE SANCHEZ FLORES (appointed June 5, 2015, sacked May 13 2016)

The former Atletico Madrid manager achieved his pre-season target of top-flight survival and also reached an FA Cup semi-final but it was announced before the end of the season he would be leaving.

WALTER MAZZARRI (appointed May 21, 2016, sacked May 17 2017)

The Italian's season ended with six successive defeats as they limped towards Premier League safety, finishing 17th but six points clear of the drop zone, and his departure was confirmed before the final game of the campaign.

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