Watford's new Italian boss is sacking specialist

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Watford's new manager Giuseppe Sannino worked his way up from the bottom of Italian football but is no stranger to the axe.

When Watford announced that household name Gianfranco Zola would be replaced by Giuseppe Sannino it is safe to assume that there was a fair amount of head scratching in Hertfordshire, so who is Sannino?

Sannino's last appointment was at Chievo Verona - the Cinderella club of Serie A who remain in the top flight despite being a village team in the 1990s and have made unlikely relegation escapes their trademark.

But even humble Chievo lost patience with Sannino in November with the club rock bottom of the table having just one win and six points to their name after 12 games.

And his Veronese disappointment certainly wasn't the first sacking of Sannino's career.

Sannino was a victim of Palermo's notoriously ruthless President Maurizio Zamparini.

The 56-year-old was appointed coach of the Sicilian side in June 2012 on a two-year deal but was gone in September after just three games, from which he had picked up one point.

But the fickle Zamparini brought Sannino back in March 2013 and fought gamely to keep the Rosanero in Serie A but ultimately failed and left the club by mutual consent, although he wasn't given much choice.

A forgettable player who spent the entirety of his career in lower-league obscurity in Italy, Sannino clawed his way up the managerial ladder one rung at a time and met several sackings en route.

His first professional break came at Serie C2 Biellese, but he was quickly dismissed after a dismal run of results.

Unfazed, Sannino enjoyed his first triumph at fifth division FC Sudtirol, leading them up to Serie C2 and keeping them there but sackings followed in his next two roles at Varese and Cosenza.

Sannino's rise to the bright lights of top flight football came via three successive promotions - one with tiny Pergocrema and two with Varese in his second stint at the Lombardy club.

This allowed him the chance to succeed Juventus boss Antonio Conte at newly promoted Serie A side Siena. Sannino kept the Tuscans up and led them to the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

Sannino's career has been a mixed one. He has fought his way from the very bottom to the big leagues, but on the way he has been given his marching orders frequently and often failed to deliver.

Watford will undoubtedly be a high-pressure environment for Sannino, but anyone who has worked for the fiery Maurizio Zamparini will fear nobody.

It remains to be seen though whether Watford will get the Sannino who masterminded Siena's success or the Sannino whose P45 was so often in the post.

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