Watford appoints Mazzarri to replace Sanchez Flores

FILE - A Sunday, Nov. 9 , 2014 photo from files showing Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri waiting for the start of a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Hellas verona, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. English Premier League team Watford has appointed Walter Mazzarri as its new head coach on a three-year contract, starting July 1. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
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WATFORD, England (AP) English Premier League team Watford has appointed Walter Mazzarri as its new head coach on a three-year contract, starting July 1.

The 54-year-old Italian, whose previous clubs include Inter Milan, Sampdoria and Napoli, replaces Quique Sanchez Flores, who departed after what the Spaniard called a conflict of views over the club's achievements in his first year in charge.

Watford was promoted from the second-tier League Championship last season and secured its survival in the lucrative Premier League with ease – finishing 13th with 45 points – and reached the semifinals of the FA Cup, losing to Crystal Palace.

Mazzarri is the Hornets' eighth manager in the last four years.