Wilkins backs Mazzarri to succeed at Watford

Ray Wilkins With Beer

Walter Mazzarri is reportedly on the brink of taking over at Vicarage Road following the sacking of Quique Flores, and Wilkins is certain he will be a success.

Ray Wilkins has backed Walter Mazzarri to be a success at Watford, amid reports the Italian is poised to take over at Vicarage Road following the controversial sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores.

Despite guiding the Hornets to Premier League survival and a first FA Cup semi-final in nearly a decade, Flores was relieved of his duties at Vicarage Road on Friday, with the club's owners seemingly concerned by the side's poor form in the second half of the season.

According to the Mirror, the club had initially intended on announcing the Spaniard's departure after Sunday's home game with Sunderland but have since decided to act early, with former Napoli and Inter boss Mazzarri believed to be on the brink of taking the helm.

Reports have suggested the 54-year was at the club's training ground on Thursday to hold advanced talks over signing a two-year contract, and former AC Milan player Wilkins is under no doubt it will be a good move.

According to WDSport, Wilkins told Sky Sports: He’s [Mazzarri] thought of in high esteem in Italy. If you are a coach of those two sides [Napoli and Inter] then you do have some quality, there are no two ways about that."

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