Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has no regrets over missed Lazio chance

Gianfranco Zola: Says he has no regrets over unsuccessful Lazio talks

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Watford manager Gianfranco Zola insists he has no regrets after talks to take over as Lazio coach earlier this year were unsuccessful.

Reports suggest the 46-year-old had contact with the Serie A club in February when Edy Reja offered his resignation, but the talks did not come to fruition, with Reja eventually staying on until the end of the season.

Italian boss Zola, who took over at Watford in July in his first managerial job since he was sacked by West Ham in 2010, says he is happy at Vicarage Road and has no regrets over the missed opportunity at Lazio.

He told tuttomercatoweb.com: "(Do I) regret the missed opportunity to coach Lazio (last season)? No. These things happen.

"The talks were not successful and I am happy to be here. I have no regrets."

Zola says he is enjoying life at Watford, who sit 16th in the Championship, and is pleased to be reunited with technical director Gianluca Nani, with whom he worked at West Ham.

"I'm absolutely delighted at Watford. Gianluca Nani and I are a good team," he added.

"We have made progress from the point of view of the game. The last performances were encouraging and we are confident for the future."

He added: "Maybe we could get a few more points, but the team was very different at the end of August and it takes time.

"There's a great atmosphere and we all feel like we are participating and involved in this project."