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Watford confirm Mazzarri as new head coach

Walter Mazzarri. Credit: PA

Watford have announced the appointment of Walter Mazzarri as their new head coach on a three-year contract.

The 54-year-old replaces Quique Sanchez Flores at Vicarage Road to become the Hornets' eighth manager in the last four years.

Italian Mazzarri arrives with plenty of coaching experience having managed Sampdoria, Napoli and Inter Milan amongst others in his home country.

Watford's chief executive Scott Duxbury told the club's official website: "Walter has been the target of a number of approaches for his services, so we're delighted to secure him as head coach here at Watford.

"We're thoroughly looking forward to working with such a highly-regarded coach, with the progress and development of the club always remaining the highest priority."

Premier League team of the year based on stats

With the exception of Man United's clash with Bournemouth tonight, the most remarkable Premier League campaign to date came to an entertaining end on Sunday.

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are the only English players in the team. Credit: Oulala

Our friends over at Oulala have since totted up the numbers and worked out the 2015/16 Premier League team of Year based on stats alone.

Petr Cech lines up in goal after his first season in an Arsenal shirt having joined from Chelsea in the summer, with his 21 year-old team-mate Hector Bellerin filling the right-back position.

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld and Southampton's Virgil van Dijk form a partnership in defence, with Leicester's Christian Fuchs included as left-back.

PFA Players' Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez makes the team, along with Foxes team-mate N'Golo Kante, Arsenal assists king Mesut Ozil, and West Ham's French magician, Dimitri Payet.

The only two English inclusions take up the attacking positions, where Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy form a partnership that many would like to see Roy Hodgson lead with at Euro 2016.

For a full break down of the stats visit the Oulala website.


Francesco Guidolin signs new Swansea City contract

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin. Credit: PA

Francesco Guidolin is to remain as Swansea boss after agreeing a new two-year contract with the Premier League club.

Swansea confirmed that Guidolin's deal was ratified at a board meeting on Wednesday.

The 60-year-old Italian took over from a sacked Garry Monk in January on a short-term contract until the end of this season, and has since guided Swansea to Premier League safety by winning seven and drawing three of his 15 games in charge.

Champions Leicester City let Jamie Vardy lookalike on board team bus

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy appeared delighted to meet a lookalike on board the Foxes' team bus, as the Premier League champions headed into the city centre for lunch at an Italian restaurant.


Spurs boss warns Leicester City: Excitement can be dangerous for title chances

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. Credit: PA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned Leicester it would be dangerous to assume they have won the title already.

The Foxes need only three points from their three matches left to be crowned Premier League champions and they can complete the fairytale on Sunday with a win at Manchester United.

Even if Leicester drop points at Old Trafford this weekend, the expectation is they will finish the job, with champions scarves on sale in the city and plans in place for a trophy presentation the following week.

Spurs will be watching anxiously ahead of their game at Chelsea on Monday, and Pochettino insists there could yet be a late twist.

"It is difficult to stop the excitement they have now in Leicester. That can be dangerous," the Argentinian said.

"I hope that it is, but we need to win our game and do our job.

"The gap is seven points and there are nine points to play for. It is not easy, it is difficult, but we need to believe.

"The most important thing is not only that Leicester drop points but we need to win our game."

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