Football: Vialli is new Watford boss

Former Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli has been confirmed as the new manager of Watford.

The 36-year-old Italian will take over at the end of the season when Graham Taylor retires.

The Hornets represent Vialli's first job in management since his unexpected exit at Stamford Bridge eight months ago.

The 1995 world player of the year was sacked by chairman Ken Bates on September 12 after just five games of the new Premiership season. He paid the ultimate price for a failure to bring the championship back to the Blues amid a growing stream of tales of unrest inside the dressing room.

First Division Watford now give Vialli the perfect opportunity to prove his old boss wrong.

He would seemingly now be better equipped to handle the challenge, too. In his short sabbatical, Vialli has sought to better himself as a manager, embarking on a UEFA coaching course in an attempt to improve his motivational and man-management skills. The first test of his new skills would be a stiff one - returning the Hornets to the Premiership.

In his last season in charge, Taylor has been unable to take Watford to the play-offs in their first season after relegation from the Premiership at the end of the 1999-2000 campaign.

Fans would hope, however, that a high-profile and popular figure such as Vialli would attract greater talent to the club, and he could even look to friends at his old club Chelsea to join him in his new role.

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