Watford's new owner says former West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola will likely become the club's new coach.
Giampaolo Pozzo said on Monday there is a verbal agreement with Zola and "we are at a good point, so I think he will be our coach".
Zola has been out of work for two years, after being sacked by West Ham United in May 2010.
The Pozzo family, who also owns Italian side Udinese and Granada in Spain, completed its takeover of Watford last weekend.
The 45-year-old Zola's only previous managerial experience was as assistant coach of Italy Under-21.
Zola replaces Sean Dyche, who led Watford to an 11th place finish in the second-tier Championship last season, the club's highest finish since 2008.
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