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Pozzo: Watford are in talks with Walter Mazzarri

Giampaolo Pozzo, father of Watford owner Gino, has confirmed the Hornets are holding discussions with Walter Mazzarri about taking charge at Vicarage Road this summer.

Quique Sanchez Flores will officially leave his role as Watford’s head coach next month and the Hornets are moving swiftly to appoint his replacement.

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Mazzarri is understood to the No 1 choice of owner Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury to replace Sanchez Flores and they have held at least one round of talks with the former Sampdoria, Napoli and Inter Milan coach.

Giampaolo Pozzo, who bought Watford alongside Gino in June 2012 before handing full control over to his son, has little do to with the day-to-day running of Watford, but he will have an intimate knowledge of the Hornets’ plans.

“Yes, we are talking to him [Mazzarri] about it [taking over],” Giampaolo told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We are happy.”

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Mazzarri has been out of work for over 18 months having been sacked by Inter Milan in November 2014. His contract, however, wasn’t torn up. The 54-year-old was on gardening leave with Inter paying him every month until June 2016, when the contract he signed in 2014 expires.

Mazzarri’s agent said last month there was plenty of clubs enquiring about the availability of his client.

“There are no concrete new developments, but there is obviously a great deal of interest,” Andrea D’Amico told calcionews24.com amid links with Galatasaray, Fiorentina, Lazio and the Italy job. “The interest is also from abroad, but at the moment nothing concrete. Does that include Premier League clubs? Yes, but not only them. We’ll see what happens.”