Reports: Walter Mazzarri to take Watford job

The Italian has agreed terms with the Hornets, according to reports.

Reports: Walter Mazzarri to take Watford job
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Walter Mazzarri is set to take over at Watford after agreeing terms with the club on Friday night, the Guardian have reported.

The Italian coach has long been admired by the Hornets' owner, Gino Pozzo, who was keen for him to take over at Udinese, who he also owns. 

The timing never worked out for that deal, but Pozzo at least now appears to have claimed his main target, with Mazzarri having agreed a deal to takeover his Premier League outfit instead.

Return to football with his English debut

This might be Mazzarri's first gig in England, but he by no means lacks experience.

The 54-year-old has 13 years of coaching in Italy on his CV, most notably with the likes of Napoli and Internazionale - winning Coppa Italia with the former, as well as guiding them to second place in Serie A the following year.

His time with Inter was his last coaching job, with him out of work since 2014. Since then, he has spent time in England learning the language, which will pay off as he prepares to experience the Premier League for the first time.

Mazzarri (left) guided Napoli to Coppa Italia success in 2012. (Photo: Getty)
Mazzarri (left) guided Napoli to Coppa Italia success in 2012. (Photo: Getty)

Can Mazzarri bring Italian resilience with him?

Mazzarri heads to Vicarage Road to link up with a couple of former players of his own, having worked with Valon Behrami and Miguel Britos at Napoli.

However, Pozzo and Watford will hope he doesn't just bring familiarity the club, but change too.

The Hornets' end of the season form was very disappointing, especially given the fantastic manner in which they started the campaign, and it was for this reason that Quique Sanchez Flores was relieved of his duties this month.

Leaking goals has been one of their main problems, and so fans will hope Mazzarri can introduce some of that renowned Italian resilience in defence to rectify this.