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Walter Mazzarri appointment at Watford is “good news”

Valon Behrami has expressed his delight at the fact he will be reunited with Walter Mazzarri this summer after the Italian agreed a three-year-deal to become Watford’s new head coach.

Mazzarri was Watford’s No 1 choice to replace Quique Sanchez Flores and he has been handed a longer contract than any of the previous six coaches who have worked under the Pozzo-Duxbury reign at Watford, a sign of faith in the Italian and perhaps also Mazzarri’s wish for some job security.

Behrami was one of several players who didn’t see eye to eye with Sanchez Flores and he pushed to leave in January. Along with Miguel Britos, Behrami worked under Mazzarri at Napoli and will meet up with his old boss, who officially starts work on July 1, after the Euros.

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Mazzarri had been interesting Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and the Italian FA bosses, according to his agent, but he chose to work with his countryman Gino Pozzo at Watford.

“He chose the quality of the project and his faith in the Pozzo family ahead of other offers,” Andrea D’Amico told calciomercato.com. “He will certainly do very well.”