Former Watford coach Gianfranco Zola ranks highly in club's history

This Is Local London: Gianfranco Zola had the third highest win percentage record at Watford: Action Images Gianfranco Zola had the third highest win percentage record at Watford: Action Images

Gianfranco Zola finished with the third highest win percentage ever for a Watford manager and the highest since Steve Harrison departed Vicarage Road in 1990.

In Zola’s 66 league matches with the Hornets, he oversaw 29 wins, 15 draws and 22 defeats giving the Italian a win percentage of 43.94 per cent.

Only two bosses in Watford’s history have a better record.

Bill McGarry tops the list after winning 45.61 per cent of his 57 games in charge from 1963 to 1964.

And Harrison, who managed the Golden Boys for 80 league games from 1988, won 45 per cent of his matches.

Zola sits ahead of Watford legend Graham Taylor, who is fifth best with 42.93 per cent.

Taylor’s record however is particularly impressive given it includes two separate spells and 622 league matches as well as one season in the Premier League and seven overall in the top flight.

Zola’s win percentage dropped after the Championship play-off final defeat to Crystal Palace in May.

Last season he won 50 per cent of his league matches in charge but after the extra-time defeat at Wembley, that figure dropped to 30 per cent.

In Zola’s 66 league games in charge, Watford scored 115 goals at an average of 1.74 per game and conceded 86.

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10:54am Fri 20 Dec 13

exeterhornet says...

I have kept out of the Zola in/out debate as I could'nt make my mind up. Honestly felt that if just one or two little things had gone his way or players had not defended so poorly, he could have been 12 points better off and we would have been reasonably/very happy with the situation going in to Christmas, particularly considering our injury situation this year (training methods need looking at?). I still cant say with any certainty whether or not I am pleased with the change - the new guy seems underwhelmingly average at best - but I will give him my support as I hope everybody will. I had written this year off but have just remembered Palarse under Dowie some years ago - virtually bottom when they came to the Vic over Christmas, mullered us big time ( 1-5?) and ended up getting promotion.
I also think that the Championship is weak this year and that if we had last years performances, we would have walked it.
Compliments of the season to one and all
I have kept out of the Zola in/out debate as I could'nt make my mind up. Honestly felt that if just one or two little things had gone his way or players had not defended so poorly, he could have been 12 points better off and we would have been reasonably/very happy with the situation going in to Christmas, particularly considering our injury situation this year (training methods need looking at?). I still cant say with any certainty whether or not I am pleased with the change - the new guy seems underwhelmingly average at best - but I will give him my support as I hope everybody will. I had written this year off but have just remembered Palarse under Dowie some years ago - virtually bottom when they came to the Vic over Christmas, mullered us big time ( 1-5?) and ended up getting promotion. I also think that the Championship is weak this year and that if we had last years performances, we would have walked it. Compliments of the season to one and all exeterhornet

11:12am Fri 20 Dec 13

Dr,Oftaw says...

zola did the honourable thing but lets not forget some of the exciting times last season, he can walk away with his head held high and our gratitude .also welcome GS do us proud.
zola did the honourable thing but lets not forget some of the exciting times last season, he can walk away with his head held high and our gratitude .also welcome GS do us proud. Dr,Oftaw

11:31am Fri 20 Dec 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Win %'s are the most pointless and irrelevant way of measuring a manager. Win promotion to the prem, keep the team up for 2-3 seasons, and your win % will be rubbish. Finish top half of the championship for 3 seasons and your win % is higher. Dave Jones win % at Cardiff will be higher than Malky's would have been by the end of this season. Was he a better manager for Cardiff ? It's complete nonsense. Grrrrrr.
ps - Christmas ? Bar humbug....
Win %'s are the most pointless and irrelevant way of measuring a manager. Win promotion to the prem, keep the team up for 2-3 seasons, and your win % will be rubbish. Finish top half of the championship for 3 seasons and your win % is higher. Dave Jones win % at Cardiff will be higher than Malky's would have been by the end of this season. Was he a better manager for Cardiff ? It's complete nonsense. Grrrrrr. ps - Christmas ? Bar humbug.... Mickey Quinn, not so thin

11:35am Fri 20 Dec 13

exeterhornet says...

Absolutely Dr
Never thought I would witness that style of football at the Vic and, more importantly, away from home. Ended sadly but one of my favourite all time seasons since I became hooked in 1969 as a 10 year old surrounded at school by Spurs and Arse fans
Absolutely Dr Never thought I would witness that style of football at the Vic and, more importantly, away from home. Ended sadly but one of my favourite all time seasons since I became hooked in 1969 as a 10 year old surrounded at school by Spurs and Arse fans exeterhornet

12:33pm Fri 20 Dec 13

hogweed says...

It's all about current form and our's under Zola was shocking and he had to go. There is no room for sentiment in football.

I am also underwhelmed by the appointment of an unknown Italian as manager. Am going to Ipswich tomorrow. See you all there

Hog out
It's all about current form and our's under Zola was shocking and he had to go. There is no room for sentiment in football. I am also underwhelmed by the appointment of an unknown Italian as manager. Am going to Ipswich tomorrow. See you all there Hog out hogweed

12:34pm Fri 20 Dec 13

stevyweavy says...

Unfortunately for Zola, his demise was his own doing and that is why he resigned. He took his buddy on as assistant coach when his existing staff had done a fantastic job. I am sure the Pozzos took some persuading to do that and probably he was told that it would be on his head if it didn't work out. Well it didn't work out and he did the honourable thing. Would I liked him to stay - yes but only if there were changes to his coaching staff. Were the Pozzos looking to change the coaching staff prior to Zola's departure - quite probably. Do I think the new manager and coaching staff will be a success - I have no idea, but change can sometimes be good and something most definitely had to change. I am confident that with the Pozzos previous track record that they have considered this carefully and believe this to be the best course of action. Only time will tell but I for one have gone from being depressed as to what the future held for Watford for the rest of the season to one of excitement as to what the future might behold. We may not win on Saturday but it cannot be any worse than where we are at the moment with the players at our disposal. COYH!!!!
Unfortunately for Zola, his demise was his own doing and that is why he resigned. He took his buddy on as assistant coach when his existing staff had done a fantastic job. I am sure the Pozzos took some persuading to do that and probably he was told that it would be on his head if it didn't work out. Well it didn't work out and he did the honourable thing. Would I liked him to stay - yes but only if there were changes to his coaching staff. Were the Pozzos looking to change the coaching staff prior to Zola's departure - quite probably. Do I think the new manager and coaching staff will be a success - I have no idea, but change can sometimes be good and something most definitely had to change. I am confident that with the Pozzos previous track record that they have considered this carefully and believe this to be the best course of action. Only time will tell but I for one have gone from being depressed as to what the future held for Watford for the rest of the season to one of excitement as to what the future might behold. We may not win on Saturday but it cannot be any worse than where we are at the moment with the players at our disposal. COYH!!!! stevyweavy

1:06pm Fri 20 Dec 13

francowatford says...

SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO
SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO
OOOOOOOO SAN NINO
SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO OOOOOOOO SAN NINO francowatford

1:13pm Fri 20 Dec 13

stevyweavy says...

francowatford wrote:
SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO
SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO
OOOOOOOO SAN NINO
Poor effort please try harder next time :)
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO OOOOOOOO SAN NINO[/p][/quote]Poor effort please try harder next time :) stevyweavy

1:49pm Fri 20 Dec 13

hexhamhornet says...

Statistics do tell a story, of sorts, but the more telling is the team's form since losing in the play-offs. I would be interested to know how many of the players that have been through the club in the last 17 months were Zola's choice, as he has had to bed in 2 teams in 2 seasons.
The style of football has been good to watch, but the lack of concentration at the back and some of the finishing leave a bit to be desired. Will the new regime keep playing the attractive style and then sort out the other bits, or will they change everything? With the new transfer window due to open soon will we see another influx of players who have never played in England before or will there be some English experience coming in to bolster up the team.
Zola did the honourable thing, but I don't think he should have. He will not benefit from not seeing it through and turning things round. I think he should toughen up and be more demanding of his team and that includes the coaching staff.
Statistics do tell a story, of sorts, but the more telling is the team's form since losing in the play-offs. I would be interested to know how many of the players that have been through the club in the last 17 months were Zola's choice, as he has had to bed in 2 teams in 2 seasons. The style of football has been good to watch, but the lack of concentration at the back and some of the finishing leave a bit to be desired. Will the new regime keep playing the attractive style and then sort out the other bits, or will they change everything? With the new transfer window due to open soon will we see another influx of players who have never played in England before or will there be some English experience coming in to bolster up the team. Zola did the honourable thing, but I don't think he should have. He will not benefit from not seeing it through and turning things round. I think he should toughen up and be more demanding of his team and that includes the coaching staff. hexhamhornet

2:59pm Fri 20 Dec 13

smeg says...

stevyweavy wrote:
Unfortunately for Zola, his demise was his own doing and that is why he resigned. He took his buddy on as assistant coach when his existing staff had done a fantastic job. I am sure the Pozzos took some persuading to do that and probably he was told that it would be on his head if it didn't work out. Well it didn't work out and he did the honourable thing. Would I liked him to stay - yes but only if there were changes to his coaching staff. Were the Pozzos looking to change the coaching staff prior to Zola's departure - quite probably. Do I think the new manager and coaching staff will be a success - I have no idea, but change can sometimes be good and something most definitely had to change. I am confident that with the Pozzos previous track record that they have considered this carefully and believe this to be the best course of action. Only time will tell but I for one have gone from being depressed as to what the future held for Watford for the rest of the season to one of excitement as to what the future might behold. We may not win on Saturday but it cannot be any worse than where we are at the moment with the players at our disposal. COYH!!!!
Do I hate it when people ask themselves questions? Yes I do.
[quote][p][bold]stevyweavy[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately for Zola, his demise was his own doing and that is why he resigned. He took his buddy on as assistant coach when his existing staff had done a fantastic job. I am sure the Pozzos took some persuading to do that and probably he was told that it would be on his head if it didn't work out. Well it didn't work out and he did the honourable thing. Would I liked him to stay - yes but only if there were changes to his coaching staff. Were the Pozzos looking to change the coaching staff prior to Zola's departure - quite probably. Do I think the new manager and coaching staff will be a success - I have no idea, but change can sometimes be good and something most definitely had to change. I am confident that with the Pozzos previous track record that they have considered this carefully and believe this to be the best course of action. Only time will tell but I for one have gone from being depressed as to what the future held for Watford for the rest of the season to one of excitement as to what the future might behold. We may not win on Saturday but it cannot be any worse than where we are at the moment with the players at our disposal. COYH!!!![/p][/quote]Do I hate it when people ask themselves questions? Yes I do. smeg

9:23pm Fri 20 Dec 13

francowatford says...

stevyweavy wrote:
francowatford wrote:
SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO
SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO
OOOOOOOO SAN NINO
Poor effort please try harder next time :)
It rhymes its simple and it will catch on! I will bet you a hot dog! San in Italian translates to saint therefore mono is our Christmas savior
[quote][p][bold]stevyweavy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO OOOOOOOO SAN NINO[/p][/quote]Poor effort please try harder next time :)[/p][/quote]It rhymes its simple and it will catch on! I will bet you a hot dog! San in Italian translates to saint therefore mono is our Christmas savior francowatford

9:25pm Fri 20 Dec 13

francowatford says...

francowatford wrote:
stevyweavy wrote:
francowatford wrote:
SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO
SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO
OOOOOOOO SAN NINO
Poor effort please try harder next time :)
It rhymes its simple and it will catch on! I will bet you a hot dog! San in Italian translates to saint therefore mono is our Christmas savior
Nino not mono
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevyweavy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO SAN NINO MYLORD SAN NINO OOOOOOOO SAN NINO[/p][/quote]Poor effort please try harder next time :)[/p][/quote]It rhymes its simple and it will catch on! I will bet you a hot dog! San in Italian translates to saint therefore mono is our Christmas savior[/p][/quote]Nino not mono francowatford

12:11am Sat 21 Dec 13

Poppet Bear says...

I miss him already !!!!
I miss him already !!!! Poppet Bear

9:56am Sat 21 Dec 13

andyandyandy says...

The worrying thing for me is that Zola attracted a lot of players to come to the club who otherwise may not have.
It could turn out to be a disaster in that respect, maybe it was the back room staff and coaches that needed to go not Zola. Only time will tell.
The worrying thing for me is that Zola attracted a lot of players to come to the club who otherwise may not have. It could turn out to be a disaster in that respect, maybe it was the back room staff and coaches that needed to go not Zola. Only time will tell. andyandyandy

12:38pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Colin.Foster's.Left.Boot says...

Sannino now has the best win rate of any watford manager! 50% win rate. no loses. Stats are silly. Can be used to tweak any fact!
Sannino now has the best win rate of any watford manager! 50% win rate. no loses. Stats are silly. Can be used to tweak any fact! Colin.Foster's.Left.Boot

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