Mazzarri appointed as Watford head coach.
(Picture - Zimbio)
Walter Mazzarri is Watford's new head coach, after the club announced that the Italian has signed a 3-year-contract at Vicarage Road.
The 54-year-old will replace Quique Sanchez Flores, who guided the Hornets to a 13th place finish in the Premier League in his one and only season in charge. Despite this, both the Golden Boys and the Spaniard decided to part ways after a disappointing second half of the season.
Mazzarri moves to the Golden Boys after spending his entire playing and coaching career in his native Italy.
After a playing career that saw him feature for the likes of Fiorentina and Empoli amongst others, Mazzari's coaching career started in the lower leagues of Italy.
He then joined Livorno, where he guided them to promotion to Serie A, before he moved to Reggina in 2004, where he kept the Italian club in the top flight for three consecutive seasons, a feat some described as a minor
Mazzarri's stock was quickly growing in Italy and he then moved to Sampdoria where, over two seasons, he guided the Italian outfit into the UEFA Cup and the final of the Coppa Italia.
He left Sampdoria by mutual consent following two successful seasons, but he was then appointed as manager of Napoli in October 2009, a move which proved to be fruitful for both parties.
After taking over, Mazzarri turned Napoli's fortunes around, as they finished 6th in Serie A despite lying in 15th when the Italian took charge.
During the 2011/12 season, Mazzarri guided Napoli into the Champions League for the first time in their history. Furthermore, under Mazzari's management, Napoli also won the Coppa Italia and in his final season in charge, they finished in second place in Serie A, meaning Champions League football was guaranteed once again.
During his tenure at Napoli, the Italian club were renowned for fast counter attacking football with Mazzarri deploying a 3-5-2 formation.
Following his success at Napoli, Mazzarri was then appointed as Inter Milan's manager in May 2013. His time at the San Siro proved to be a turbulent one and he was sacked for the first time in his career in November 2014, following a string of disappointing results.
He did, however, guide the Nerazzuri to a 5th place finish in his first season and Mazzarri lost only 12 of his 57 games in charge in all competitions.
So whilst Mazzarri may not be the man some wanted to take over from Quique Sanchez Flores, it is clear he arrives at Vicarage Road with a wealth of top-flight experience, albeit in Serie A.
Up until his stint at Inter Milan, Mazzarri's stock was growing as a manager and he did superbly well during his time at Napoli, with his side playing fast counter attacking football.
If Mazzarri can build on the foundations Flores has left behind, then he could prove to be an excellent appointment for the Golden Boys and he might just be the man who can take us forward.
In my opinion, it's time to trust the Pozzo family and Scott Duxbury with the decision they've made. They've barely put a foot wrong during their time at Vicarage Road and the majority of managers after Gianfranco Zola have all done a decent job and improved Watford.
When Zola left, Beppe Sannino came in with no experience of coaching in England and steadied the ship. Slavisa Jokanovic came in after Oscar Garcia and Billy McKinlay and got us promoted. When the Pozzo's didn't think he was the man to take us forward in the Premier League, they appointed Flores and the Spaniard was the man who guided us to a 13th place finish in our first season back in the top-flight.
So whilst we may not know a great deal about Mazzarri, it's time to get right behind him and support the Pozzo's decision. They've worked wonders during their time at Vicarage Road and hopefully we will look back on Mazzarri's appointment this time next year as a masterstroke from the Pozzo's.
Welcome to Vicarage Road, Walter!