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Promotion to the Premier League had already guaranteed first Turf Moor visits as managers for new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Francesco Guidolin, who has just signed a new deal at Swansea, and Slavan Bilic the West Ham boss, and today Watford have added Walter Mazzari to that list.

It’s just four summers since Watford sacked Sean Dyche to bring in Gianfranco Zola. He was in charge for the next season and a half but it has been something like a revolving door since with Guiseppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia, Billy McKinlay, Slavisa Jokanovic and nor Quique Sanchez Flores all having been and gone.

Today Watford have confirmed the appointment, from 1st July, of Italian Walter Mazzari on a three year contract. He’s been a man in demand with speculation recently that he could be the next man in the hot seat at Leeds, a position that is less secure even than the one at Watford.

Watford, in announcing the new appointment, said via chief exec Scott Duxbury: “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. 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.”

The 54-year-old Mazzari has managed previously only in his native Italy. He reached the Coppa Italia final as boss of both Sampdoria and Napoli and his most recent post was with Inter Milan where he enjoyed a good first season in 2013/14. That won him a one year extension to his deal until the end of 2015/16 but he was sacked by the following November with the club down in ninth place in Serie A.

The Watford role is his first appointment since leaving Inter.

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