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New Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino says working in England is a dream come true
Giuseppe Sannino says taking charge of Watford is a dream come true and believes he showed his passion during today’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town.
Sannino led the Hornets for the first time this afternoon after he was appointed as Gianfranco Zola’s successor on Wednesday.
The Italian held his first press conference as Golden Boys boss after today’s match, with head of medical Marco Cesarini acting as translator.
Sannino said: “It was a dream for me to land in England. This game was 90 minutes of my life that I was dreaming of.
“Tactically, we were good and we got a point but I will be honest with you, the job is not done and we need much more effort and it is important to move in the table.
“We played against a very good squad who are on a good run recently.
“This is a starting point for us.”
Today’s match was a scrappy affair. The Hornets restricted Town’s threat for much of the match but also struggled to maintain possession for the majority of the contest.
However, Sannino stressed: “I would like to play the kind of football where the ball is on the floor and we create lots of chances.
“This is the kind of football that I was always watching from Italy and I think I can adapt quickly to this culture.”
Ipswich took the lead on 73 minutes when the home team were awarded a controversial penalty due to a handball decision given against Gabriele Angella.
But Sannino would not be drawn on the matter, saying: “I am the type of coach who accepts the decisions of the referee so I have nothing to say about it. Even if we lost 1-0, I would say the same thing.”
Sannino took charge of the Hornets for the first time on Wednesday and accepted his impact has been minimal this week.
The 56-year-old used his first interview in England to pay tribute to his predecessor, Zola.
Sannino said: “It was only two days. I am not a magician. [But] we know the kind of football in the Championship.
“My first thought is for Gianfranco Zola because he did a great job here. Last season it was amazing that Watford achieved the Play-Off final.
“I think the position now is not where Watford should be at the moment and in two days I couldn’t do any more than I did and if we had of picked up three points today, it would have been because of Gianfranco.
“What I gave was my way on the touchline and the way I am with the lads - to live the game with passion.”
Read a match report from today's game here.
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