Watford have announced that former Inter Milan manager Walter Mazzarri will take charge at Vicarage Road from 1 July after the Italian agreed a three-year deal with the Hornets.
The 54-year-old takes over from Quqiue Sanchez Flores who announced his departure from the club last week after just one season with Watford, in which he guided them to 13th place in the Premier League and an FA Cup semi-final.
This is Mazarri’s first time in management outside of Italy – having also managed the likes of Sampdoria and Napoli – as he becomes Watford’s eighth manager in the past four years.
In a statement on the club’s website, the club’s CEO Scott Duxbury believes Mazzarri will continue Watford’s recent success and looks forward to seeing the Italian take the club to new heights.
“Walter has been the target of a number of approaches for his services, so we’re delighted to secure him as Head Coach here at Watford,” said the Hornets’ CEO.
“We’re thoroughly looking forward to working with such a highly regarded coach, with the progress and development of the club always remaining the highest priority.”
Mazzarri has managed a number of clubs in his native Italy with his biggest achievement coming at Napoli, when he guided them to the Coppa Italia in 2012
His last role came at Inter Milan in 2013 but he was sacked by the club after 18 months in charge after a disappointing run of results left the former Serie A champions in ninth place.
I don’t know too much about Walter Mazzarri but the Italian has a big job on his hands to duplicate the successes of last season but I think it will be a struggle for the former Inter Milan gaffer.
It can be hit-and-miss by bringing in a manager of no Premier League experience. It worked last season when Quique Flores came to the club but I don’t think Mazzarri will last long here.
He could surprise us, but I have a feeling this could go more like a Remi Garde appointment. He will be re-shaping the squad over the summer but as it stands, I think Watford could be in for second season syndrome.