Gianfranco Zola looking forward to new challenge at Watford

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Gianfranco ZolaNew Watford boss Gianfranco Zola says attempting to replace predecessor Sean Dyche will be an "exciting challenge." Former Watford (20/1 to win npower Championship) player Dyche led the Hornets to their highest finish for four years last term, but was sacked by new owners the Pozzo family to make way for Zola's arrival.

Former West Ham manager Zola said "It's a challenge because Sean has done a very good job and my appreciation goes to him. It poses a big challenge for me but I am excited by it. It will push me and the players to improve. Hopefully everything is going to be in place and we can do a good job."

The Pozzo family completed the take-over of Watford (8/1 to be promoted) last month and their first action was to dismiss Dyche. They then handed Zola a two year deal and are very likely to offer the former Chelsea player the chance to loan players from their two other clubs Udinese of Serie A and Granada of La Liga.

Zola, whose new side face Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season ( Match betting) added "They've been in football for 25 years and they have a very good record. They invest their own money but they invest it wisely. They are very good at finding good young players which is something that suits this club. I have my way of playing and the good thing for me is when I need a player in a certain position they can provide me with four or five choices - good choices."

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