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7 Watford managers under the Pozzo regime

Watford are seeking their ninth manager in just five years after it was announced that Walter Mazzarri would take charge of his final game in charge of the club on Sunday.

Mazzarri was the seventh manager hired by the Pozzo family, who also own Udinese and Granada, following their takeover of the club back in 2012.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how Mazzarri and his predecessors have fared at Watford under the Pozzo regime.

Gianfranco Zola (July 2012 - December 2013)

Former Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola was named as Sean Dyche's replacement within days of the Pozzo takeover. The diminutive Italian took Watford to third in the Championship and the play-off final at Wembley in his first season only to lose to Crystal Palace after extra-time. Zola survived the summer, but resigned in December with Watford 13th in the second tier having lost five consecutive home league matches.

Giuseppe Sannino (December 2013 - August 2014)

Italian Giuseppe Sannino was confirmed as Zola's replacement on December 18, 2013. He had an instant impact leading Watford to a club record run of six home league victories without conceding a goal. He won four of his first five matches in charge of the ensuing season, but resigned on August 31 amid reports of dressing-room unrest.

Oscar Garcia Junyent (September 2014 - September 2014)

Oscar was admitted to hospital with chest pains shortly after he was given the job at Vicarage Road. The Spaniard stepped down two weeks later after just four games in charge.

Billy McKinlay (September 2014 - October 2014)

Billy McKinlay was appointed as Watford's first-team coach in the closing days of Oscar's reign. He took over from the Spaniard, who resigned due to ill heath, but lasted just eight days and two matches before he was replaced.

Slavisa Jokanovic (October 2014 - June 2015)

The former Chelsea midfielder was hired as Watford's fourth coach in just five weeks. Slavisa Jokanovic guided the Hornets back to the Premier League with one match to spare, and only narrowly lost out on the Championship title after Watford conceded an injury-time equaliser to Sheffield Wednesday. But the Serbian however, failed to agree a new contract and was soon on his way out.

Quique Sanchez Flores (June 2015 - May 2016)

Quique Sanchez Flores was appointed as the man to retain Watford's Premier League status, but was given his marching orders despite an impressive campaign in which the Hornets finished 13th and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Walter Mazzarri (May 2016 - May 2017)

Current manager Walter Mazzarri signed a three-year deal at Watford, but it was confirmed he would part company with the Hornets after just one term in charge following Sunday's final match of the Premier League season against Manchester City.

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