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Zola installed as Hornets boss

Former West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola has been confirmed as the new manager of Watford.

Zola has signed a two-year deal at the Championship club after the Hornets' new owners, the Italian Pozzo family, confirmed the sacking of Sean Dyche on Friday.

"Everyone knows how Gianfranco Zola likes football to be played," Watford technical director Gianluca Nani said.

"I think Watford's fans can expect an exciting and attacking style from his team. Gianfranco represents this project perfectly."

The appointment of Zola had been expected since the Pozzo family, who completed their takeover of the club from Laurence Bassini last week, revealed the 46-year-old Italian was their preferred candidate.

The Pozzo family also own Serie A side Udinese and La Liga outfit Granada.

Former Chelsea player Zola, who spent seven years at Stamford Bridge, had two seasons in charge of West Ham, impressing in the first as he led the club to ninth place in the Premier League in the 2008/09 season.

He struggled badly the following campaign, though, as his side finished just one place above the bottom three and he left his post two days after the end of the season.

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