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Gianfranco Zola interested in Chelsea role but remains committed to Watford

Zola coy on Chelsea job as Blues legend admits club are still 'special' to him

having sold the Hornets to the Pozzo family.

The Hertfordshire outfit have this season sustained a serious bid for promotion to the Barclays Premier League and are currently third in the npower Championship table, just two points off the automatic promotion places, safe in the knowledge they have not received a points deduction.

They have, however, been hit with a transfer embargo of sorts, which still allows them to buy and sell players but only with prior authorisation of football authorities.

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

A statement on the Football League
website read: 'A Football Disciplinary Commission, in the case of The
Football League vs Watford Football Club and Mr Laurence Bassini, has
determined that both defendants breached Football League regulations
regarding the securitisation of future transfer fees and central
distributions.'

A further club statement on Watford's official website read: 'Following the publication today of the independent Football Disciplinary Commission's judgement, Watford FC is pleased to confirm that it has not received a points deduction or a fine.

'Former owner and director Mr Laurence Bassini has been banned from any participation in football for three years.'

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

The statement continued: 'The club has been made the subject of a transfer embargo, but wishes to emphasise that the embargo referred to falls under Regulation 19 of the Football League Regulations.

'This is not an absolute bar on transfers, but rather a mechanism by which transfer business can be conducted by the club provided that the prior authorisation of the relevant football authorities has been obtained.

'It is clear from the decision of the Football Disciplinary Commission that the offences which the club has been found guilty of were committed by one or two individuals who are no longer associated with the club – and without the knowledge of the full board of the club.'

Watford confirm Sean Dyche sacking as Gianfranco Zola waits

Watford confirm Dyche sacking as Zola waits in the wings for Hornets chance

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17:45 GMT, 6 July 2012

Watford's new owners have officially confirmed the sacking of manager Sean Dyche, with Italian Gianfranco Zola now set to be installed as his successor.

The Hornets have ended Dyche's 12-month tenure at the helm after he guided the club to an 11th-placed finish in the npower Championship last term.

His replacement is likely to be former West Ham boss Zola after the Pozzo family, who completed their takeover from Laurence Bassini last week, suggested in a TV interview that he would take charge at Vicarage Road.

Game over: Dyche has been sacked by Watford - despite a fine season

Game over: Dyche has been sacked by Watford – despite a fine season

A statement from the new owners on the club's website read: 'Watford football club confirms that it has terminated the contract of first-team manager Sean Dyche, with immediate effect.

'On behalf of the club, the Pozzo family acknowledges that Sean's positive contribution to Watford FC dates back long before his appointment as manager in June 2011.

'His achievements under difficult circumstances mean that he will rightly be held in high regard by Watford supporters.

'Everyone at the club extends their warmest wishes to Sean for the future.'
Dyche, who made more than 230 appearances for Chesterfield as a centre-half in the 1990s and had spells at Bristol City and Millwall, joined Watford in 2002.

Back in the game: Zola has been out of football since leaving West Ham

Back in the game: Zola has been out of football since leaving West Ham

He went on to make 72 appearances in three years as a player and, after two years at Northampton, returned to Vicarage Road as youth-team coach in 2007.

Dyche was made assistant to Malky Mackay in 2009 and succeeded him as boss in 2011.

His departure paves the way for Zola to return to English football following his two-year spell with the Hammers in May 2010.

Giampaolo Pozzo had hinted at the 45-year-old's appointment on Monday, telling Sky Italia: 'Zola We are on the right path and hence, I believe he will be our new coach. We have a verbal agreement.'