Report: Watford could appoint Francesco Guidolin to replace Slavisa Jokanovic

Watford could look to Guidolin should Slavisa Jokanovic fail to agree a new contract.

According to MondoUdinese, Watford could appoint Guidolin this summer, if Jokanovic fails to come to terms with the Hornets concerning a new contract.

Jokanovic has yet to agree a new deal at Vicarage Road, despite overseeing the Hornets’ rise to the Premier League, with the Watford Observer claiming that ‘wage demands’ are stalling any potential deal.

Guidolin is best known for his spells in charge of Udinese, sister club of Watford, and owner by the Pozzo family. With the now-59-year-old in charge, the Serie A outfit reached incredible heights for a club of their size, including a Champions League appearance.

He left the Stadio Friuli last summer to move into a more advisory role with the three Pozzo clubs, and the report claims that he could be asked to step in at management level at Watford should they fail to agree a deal with Jokanovic.

He is keen on managing in the Premier League, is well aware of the Pozzo methods, and has spent the last season overseeing goings on at the club. Appointing him guarantees as much continuity as possible when hiring a new manager, although he has never managed in England before.

Jokanovic’s contract stalls have suggested that his future may lie away from Vicarage Road, despite the impressive work that the Serb has done at the club.

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