Emotional Zola calls it quits at watford
Gianfranco Zola has resigned from Watford after taking responsibility for the Championship club's alarming slide down the table.
Zola issued an emotional statement to supporters on Watford's website to confirm his departure after 18 months in charge -- his future appeared increasingly uncertain following the home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Watford reached the play-off final last season, losing 1-0 against Crystal Palace, but have now gone nine games without a win, losing their past five matches at Vicarage Road.
Zola (47) said yesterday: "This decision has not been made quickly. I mentioned after the game on Saturday that I wanted to think about things overnight and that is exactly what I have done.
"I must place Watford FC first in my thoughts and it is for this reason that I have taken my action.
"I feel that it is in the best interests of the team that somebody new is given the chance to bring the success which we have all hoped for and worked very hard for."