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Steven Finn Watford football shirt

Finn when you're winning! England cricket star pays tribute to hometown club Watford on tour in New Zealand

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Steven Donaldson

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00:50 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

08:09 GMT, 1 March 2013

Steven Finn can be forgiven for smiling.

Things have been going pretty well for the England bowler of late.

Not only has he forged a reputation for himself as one of the most feared pacemen in world cricket, but his beloved Watford are closing in on promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.

Golden boy: Finn proudly shows off his Watford shirt in Queenstown

Golden boy: Finn proudly shows off his Watford shirt in Queenstown

Finn, born and bred in the Hertfordshire town, has made no secret of his love for his hometown club and he proudly tweeted this picture of himself with a Hornets shirt with his name on the back while on tour with England in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The 23-year-old has been rested for
England's only warm-up match before the three-Test series starting next
week in Dunedin, where Finn is almost certain to join James Anderson and
Stuart Broad in England's pace attack.

By
then Watford, currently second in the Championship, could have moved another step closer to the
Premier League with fixtures against Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday
coming up.

Flying Finn: The Middlesex seamer starred in the ODI series and is expected to play a key role in the Tests

Flying Finn: The Middlesex seamer starred in the ODI series and is expected to play a key role in the Tests

Flying Finn: The Middlesex seamer starred in the ODI series and is expected to play a key role in the Tests

Bristol City v Watford abandoned: players dive in water

Water performance! Watford stars bring Christmas cheer to fans after match is abandoned

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UPDATED:

16:38 GMT, 26 December 2012

Watford's players gave their fans something to cheer about on Boxing Day after their npower Championship fixture at Bristol City had been abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

With their supporters facing the prospect of completing a 250-mile round trip without seeing a minute of action, Gianfranco Zola's men ran over to their faithful and dived into the water standing on the pitch in front of the stand.

Making a splash: Watford's players dive into the water in front of their fans

Making a splash: Watford's players dive into the water in front of their fans

Making a splash: Watford's players dive into the water in front of their fans

The fixture had been due to kick off at Ashton Gate at 3pm but torrential afternoon rain led to first the game being pushed back to 3.15pm, and then to it being postponed minutes after the rescheduled kick-off time had passed.

The Hornets will be hoping for better luck on Saturday when they travel down to Brighton, while Bristol City welcome Peterborough to Ashton Gate on the same day.

Abandoned: The game will be rescheduled for a later date

Abandoned: The game will be rescheduled for a later date

Abandoned: The game will be rescheduled for a later date

NBA: James Harden inspires Houston Rockets to beat Detroit Pistons

50m Rocket man Harden starts NBA season with a bang as Houston beat Detroit

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10:26 GMT, 1 November 2012

Houston Rockets opened their NBA season with a stirring 105-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday thanks to James Harden's 37 points and 12 assists.

Houston acquired Harden on Saturday in a trade with Oklahoma City and agreed a five-year, 50million contract extension with him.

Detroit led 83-72 early in the fourth before Carlos Delfino's four three-pointers and Harden shifted the momentum to Houston.

A pretty penny: Houston Rockets signed James Harden (right) on an eye-watering 50m contract

A pretty penny: Houston Rockets signed James Harden (right) on an eye-watering 50m contract

Star man: Harden (left) goes to the basket past Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight

Rocket man: Harden (13) drives past Detroit Pistons centre Greg Monroe

Star man: Harden drives to the basket on his way to a big haul of 37 points against Detroit Pistons

Brandon Knight led Detroit's scoring with 15 points.

At Toronto, George Hill scored the winning basket with two seconds left to complete the Indiana Pacers' rally for a season-opening 90-88 win over the Raptors.

David West scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Paul George had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed 84-74 with just under six minutes left. Roy Hibbert added 14 points for Indiana.

Kyle Lowry shone for Toronto with 21 points, and Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 10 rebounds in his NBA debut. Andrea Bargnani had 16 points, and Jose Calderon added 15 for the Raptors.

Decisive: Indiana Pacers' George Hill (right) scored the winning basket against the Toronto Raptors

Decisive: Indiana Pacers' George Hill (right) scored the winning basket against the Toronto Raptors

Three-pointer: San Antonio's Tony Parker

Three-pointer: San Antonio's Tony Parker

San Antonio's Tim Duncan scored 24 points and Tony Parker hit a huge three-pointer as the Spurs opened the season with a 99-95 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in the debut for top draft pick Anthony Davis. Davis scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

In other games, Joakim Noah scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Chicago Bulls' 93-87 win over Sacramento Kings. Richard Hamilton added 19 points, while Carlos Boozer chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to an 84-75 win over the Denver Nuggets, while Mo Williams and Marvin Williams each scored 21 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 113-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Golden State's Carl Landry scored 12 of his 17 points in the in the fourth quarter as the Warriors overcame an awful post-contract night by Stephen Curry to edge past the Phoenix Suns 87-85 in the teams' season opener.

Curry, who earlier in the day agreed to a four-year, 27million extension with the Warriors, missed his first 10 shots from the field and wound up two of 14 with five points.

Sports pictures of the day: October 8

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

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12:56 GMT, 8 October 2012

Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

Enjoy today's selection right here…

Bobby Labonte and David Gilliland crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway

Bobby Labonte and David Gilliland crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway

A cheerleader of the New Orleans Hornets slam dunks the ball during the half time show at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico

A cheerleader of the New Orleans Hornets slam dunks the ball during the half time show at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico

Real Madrid's Pepe heads the ball over teammate Xabi Alonso

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) cannot make a catch over Buffalo Bills free safety

Up in the air: Pepe heads the ball as Real Madrid take on Barcelona (left) while San Francisco 49ers take on Buffalo Bills (right)

Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick hits a solo home run during the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants

Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick hits a solo home run during the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants

Huddersfield 2 Watford 3: Deeney keeps his cool to seal stunning fightback

Huddersfield 2 Watford 3: Deeney keeps his cool to seal stunning fightback

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17:23 GMT, 29 September 2012

Huddersfield squandered the chance to go top of the npower
Championship as Troy Deeney's late penalty earned Watford a dramatic
win.

Oliver Norwood's stunning free-kick handed the hosts, unbeaten in
six, the advantage, but Simon Grayson's men were stunned by a
second-half fightback from their struggling visitors.

Just cool: Watford's Troy Deeney (right) celebrates his winner

Just cool: Watford's Troy Deeney (right) celebrates his winner

MATCH FACTS

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Dixon, Norwood (Arfield 79), Clayton (Scannell 72), Southern, Ward, Novak, Beckford (Lee 79). Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Wallace, Spencer.

Goals: Norwood 25,Lee 84.

Watford: Almunia, Cassetti, Neuton, Hall, Pudil, Hoban, Hogg, Abdi (Yeates 76), Chalobah (Smith 81), Deeney, Forestieri (Murray 90). Subs Not Used: Bond, Iwelumo, Forsyth, Doyley.

Booked: Cassetti,Smith.

Goals: Forestieri 68, Hall 83, Deeney 87 pen.

Att: 14,564

Ref: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).

Udinese loanee Fernando Forestieri netted his first goal for the club, Fitz Hall put the Hornets ahead and although substitute Alan Lee levelled, Deeney – making only his second appearance since being released from prison – kept his cool to win it from the spot.

The home side handed a debut to on-loan Leicester striker Jermaine Beckford and looked threatening early on, Keith Southern's header was destined for the back of the net only for Piccoli Neuton to clear off the line.

The Hornets' first chance arrived from a corner which was delivered by Forestieri and headed over by fellow Italian Marco Cassetti.

And they pressed again minutes later as Forestieri danced his way past Peter Clarke and hit a superb curling effort just wide of the far upright.

But it was the Terriers who broke the deadlock, and in some style too. Almen Abdi fouled Beckford and Norwood stepped up to steer home a breathtaking free-kick from 30 yards out.

It was the midfielder's third goal in as many matches, having only scored three in his fledgling career prior to that run, and it took his side temporarily top of the pile.

As the home fans rejoiced in that fact, Deeney, who served three months for affray, almost curtailed their celebrations but his header cleared the bar.

Forestieri should have sparked his team back to life early in the second half but he miscued wide when well placed.

Cool head: Deeney scores from the penalty spot

Cool head: Deeney scores from the penalty spot

The miss nonetheless served as encouragement to Gianfranco Zola's side and they drew level after 68 minutes when Forestieri's shot deflected off Clarke and crept past Alex Smithies.

Beckford's underwhelming afternoon was brought to an end 11 minutes from time as he made way for Lee but it was the away side who struck next before the veteran striker could make his mark.

Hall turned home substitute Mark Yeates' cross from close range and an upset was on the cards.

Lee, however, had other ideas and having replaced the man who made all the headlines pre-match, he looked set to have written one of his own when he netted a bullet header with six minutes left.

The final say went to Watford, though, when Cassetti was fouled in the box and Deeney converted the subsequent spot-kick for his first goal of the season.

Watford 0 Ipswich 1 – match report

Watford 0 Ipswich 1: Last-gasp Chopra strikes to sink Tractor Boys' bogey side

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UPDATED:

21:08 GMT, 21 August 2012

Ipswich finally ended their losing sequence against bogey side Watford, thanks to a late strike from former Vicarage Road loanee Michael Chopra.

The ex-Newcastle striker had not found the net in his previous 12 outings, but popped up in the 90th minute to turn in a low cross from Carlos Edwards from six yards.

The effort made up for an earlier bad miss when Chopra sent a 69th-minute shot over the crossbar from 12 yards.

Match-winner: Michael Chopra (left) celebrates scoring past Manuel Almunia

Match-winner: Michael Chopra (left) celebrates scoring past Manuel Almunia

MATCH FACTS:

Watford: Almunia, Hodson, Taylor, Nosworthy, Pudil, Yeates (Beleck 90), Hogg, Abdi, Murray (Anya 68), Vydra, Garner (Iwelumo 57).

Subs Not Used: Bond, Dickinson, Doyley, Smith.

Booked: Yeates.

Ipswich: Loach, Edwards, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Luongo, Hyam, Carson (Scotland 76), Emmanuel-Thomas (Drury 79),
Chopra (Delaney 90), Martin.

Subs Not Used: Lee-Barrett, Stevenson, Murray, Ainsley.

Goals: Chopra 90.

Attendance: 12,422

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

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Paul Jewell's Tractor Boys had lost
their last five matches against the Hornets – and were without a victory
over their Championship rivals in their previous 15 meetings. But they
held the upper hand for long periods.

The Hornets, now under the
stewardship of Italian Gianfranco Zola, had won their opening two
matches of the season, a 1-0 success over Wycombe in the Capital One Cup
and a 3-2 victory away to Crystal Palace in the league, but it was
Ipswich who had the better of the first half.

A right-footed 30-yarder from Lee
Martin was superbly tipped over the crossbar by Hornets keeper Manuel
Almunia in the third minute.

Both Martin and striker Michael
Chopra then sent edge-of-the-box drives flashing narrowly wide, before a
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas 25-yard free-kick flew past Almunia's left-hand
upright.

And Emmanuel-Thomas drove another 20-yard shot wide as Ipswich continued to have the edge in terms of possession.

After 29 minutes Massimo Luongo
produced a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area but again
Almunia was not called upon to make a save.

But five minutes later Almunia was alert to punch clear an inswinging free-kick from Martin.

Ipswich also had the first real
effort of the second half, the impressive Emmanuel-Thomas lashing
another left-foot shot from outside the penalty area wide of the target.

Almunia then pulled off a good save in the 55th minute to keep out Luongo's left-footer.

Watford needed to try and gain the
initiative and Zola opted to bring on Chris Iwelumo for the ineffective
Joe Garner, and the big substitute immediately created an opening for
Almen Abdi, who fired over the crossbar from 12 yards.

After 65 minutes a shot by Matej
Vydra from the left-hand side of the penalty area was well blocked by
Ipswich midfielder Luke Hyam.

Ipswich goalkeeper Scott Loach, who
had left Watford for Portman Road in the summer, was called into action
four minutes from the end of normal to deal with a 20-yard shot from
Matej Vydra.

Ipswich had conceded 45 goals on
their Championship travels last term, more than any other club in the
division, but Loach was all smiles on the final whistle as he gained a
clean sheet on his return to Vicarage Road.

Gianfranco Zola new Watford manager

Zola ushers in new era at Watford with two-year deal

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UPDATED:

17:51 GMT, 7 July 2012

Gianfranco Zola has been appointed as manager of Watford, the club have announced.

The Italian has signed a two-year deal at the npower Championship club after the Hornets' new owners confirmed the sacking of Sean Dyche on Friday.

Watford deal: Gianfranco Zola receives a two-year contract

Watford deal: Gianfranco Zola receives a two-year contract

'Everyone knows how Gianfranco Zola
likes football to be played,' Watford technical director Gianluca Nani
told the club's official website.

'I think Watford's fans can expect an exciting and attacking style from his team. Gianfranco represents this project perfectly.'

The appointment completes Zola's return to English football two years after he left West Ham.

Sacked: Sean Dyche faced the harsh realities of a takeover

Sacked: Sean Dyche faced the harsh realities of a takeover

It had been expected since the Pozzo family, who completed their takeover of the club from Laurence Bassini last week, revealed the 46-year-old Italian was their preferred candidate.

The Pozzo family also own Serie A side Udinese and La Liga outfit Granada.

The former Chelsea player had two seasons in charge of the Hammers, impressing in the first as he led the club to ninth place in the Premier League in the 2008/09 season.

He struggled badly the following campaign, though, as his side finished just one place above the bottom three and he left his post two days after the end of the season.

Zola, who previously coached the Italy Under-21 side, is best known for a seven-year spell as a player with Chelsea, though, when he established himself as one of the most talented and possibly the best loved foreign player to play in the Premier League.

But he will not have an easy act to follow at Watford, with Dyche helping them finish a respectable 11th in his only season at the helm after succeeding Malky Mackay.

GIANFRANCO ZOLA FACTFILE
Italian favourite: Gianfranco Zola loved by Cagliari fans

Italian favourite: Gianfranco Zola loved by Cagliari fans

1966: Born in Oliena, Sardinia on July 5.

1984: Signs first professional contract with Nuorese, for whom he scores 10 goals in 31 appearances.

1987: Remains in Sardinia and signs for Serie C outfit Sassari Torres and nets 21 times in 88 games.

1989: Joins Serie A side Napoli, where he serves as an understudy to Diego Maradona.

1990: April – Part of the Napoli side which wins the Scudetto for only the second time in their history. August – Helps Napoli win the Italian Super Cup with a 5-1 win over Juventus.

1991: November – Called up to the full Italy squad and makes his debut in a friendly against Norway.

1993: Joins Parma after Napoli finish a disappointing 11th in Serie A.

1994: June – Part of Italy's squad for the World Cup in the USA. Italy reach the final but Zola only features in the 2-1 extra-time victory over Nigeria in the last 16. 1995: Plays in both legs of Parma's 2-1 win over Juventus in the UEFA Cup final.

1996: New Parma coach Carlo Ancelotti decides Zola will not fit into his system and he is signed by Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit for 4.5million.

1997: February – Scores the only goal of the game with a superb strike from a narrow angle past Ian Walker to give Italy a 1-0 win over England in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. May – Named Football Writers' Association player of the year. October – Wins the last of his 35 caps against England in a World Cup qualifier in Rome.

Simply the best: Chelsea fans rated Zola the tops

Simply the best: Chelsea fans rated Zola the tops

1998: Left out of Italy's squad for France '98. 2000: May 20 – Helps Chelsea land the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley.

2003: January – Overwhelmingly voted Chelsea's best player ever in a fans' poll, ahead of Peter Osgood, Dennis Wise and Jimmy Greaves. July – Swaps Chelsea for Serie B side Cagliari despite an 11th-hour bid from new Blues owner Roman Abramovich to keep him at the club.

2004: Achieves promotion to Serie A with the Sardinian club.

2005: June – Retires at the age of 38. 2006: Accepts role as assistant to Italy Under-21 boss Pierluigi Casiraghi.

2008: March – Admits he would be interested in managing in the Premier League, preferably with old club Chelsea.

September 10 – Agrees a three-year deal to become West Ham manager.

Playing the right way: Zola brought back attractive football to Upton Park

Playing the right way: Zola brought back attractive football to Upton Park

2009: April 25 – Signs new contract to keep him at Upton Park until 2013. May – Leads Hammers to ninth-place finish in Premier League.

2010: March 25 – West Ham co-owner David Sullivan slammed the club's performance in their 3-1 home defeat to Wolves as “shambolic” and “pathetic”.

March 27 – Zola says he will consider his future after the home loss to Stoke – a sixth defeat in succession.

March 29 – Zola tells the club's website he is “determined to carry on” as West Ham manager.

April 24 – West Ham beat Wigan 3-2 to all but confirm their safety, easing the pressure on Zola.

April 30 – Zola admits he had not been consulted about the club's 4million bid for West Brom's Graham Dorrans, or Sullivan's announcement the entire squad was for sale except Scott Parker.

May 3 – West Ham's safety is confirmed as Hull fail to beat Wigan.

May 9 – Season ends with 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

May 11 – Has contracted terminated by West Ham.

2012: July 7 – Named manager of Watford, signing a two-year deal with the Championship 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.'

Gianfranco Zola faces Watford backlash after Sean Dyche sacking

New boss Zola facing a Hornets nest at Watford after Dyche sacking

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22:14 GMT, 3 July 2012

Gianfranco Zola's first job as Watford boss will be to quell a player backlash after Sean Dyche was ruthlessly sacked on Tuesday.

The club’s new owners, the Pozzo family, have a verbal agreement with the Italian to take over at Vicarage Road after completing their takeover last week. Zola’s only other club managerial experience was a 21-month spell at West Ham.

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

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

But, despite leading the Hornets to a top-half Championship finish last season on limited funds, Dyche, 41, was axed to make way for the former Chelsea star. Dyche’s sacking has been met with huge disappointment from several members of the club’s playing squad, angered by his treatment.

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

The manager was a popular figure among the squad and several players were said to be infuriated by the decision to boot Dyche out of the club.

Bolton and Team GB striker Marvin Sordell, who worked under Dyche at Vicarage Road last season, said on Twitter: ‘I can’t believe Sean Dyche has been sacked by Watford. They have lost a very talented manager.’

Gianfranco Zola on brink of Watford job

Zola on brink of Watford job as Pozzo family eye overhaul following takeover

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12:59 GMT, 2 July 2012


New role: Gianfranco Zola is set for Watford

New role: Gianfranco Zola is set for Watford

Gianfranco Zola is set to replace Sean Dyche as Watford manager following the club's takeover by the Pozzo family.

The deal to buy the Hornets was completed on Saturday and the new Italian owners, who already have control of Serie A side Udinese and Spanish club Granada, look to be moving quickly to install a new regime.

Gianmpaolo Pozzo has told Italian media that Zola will be Watford's new head coach.

'The Watford deal was conducted by my son (Gino), who works a lot in London,' Pozzo said.

'We are trying to revive a historic club and to bring it back to the Premier League.

'Zola We are on the right path and hence, I believe he will be our new coach. We have a verbal agreement.

Italian job: Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo has taken charge at Championship club Watford

Italian job: Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo has taken charge at Watford

Taking over: Italian businessman Giampaolo Pozzo

New project: Italian businessman Giampaolo Pozzo

'The English coaches are different to that of the Italians in terms of managing.

'Before deciding on the coach we needed time.

'My son will be in London as well tomorrow and there should be no problem.'

The Chelsea legend and former West
Ham boss could be joined at Vicarage Road by director of football
Gianluca Nani — a former colleague at Upton Park.

Scott Duxbury, West Ham's chief executive during Zola's time as manager, is thought to be in line for a role at Watford and is said to have brokered the deal.

Dyche can consider himself unfortunate should he lose his job, having guided an unfancied Watford squad to 11th place in the Championship last season.

Zola has been out of work since being dismissed by West Ham in May 2010.