Torino turn to Mazzarri

05 January 2018 10:25:02 EST

Torino have named the former Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri as their new manager after parting company with Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Mazzarri left the Hornets at the end of last season after spending just one campaign at Vicarage Road.

Earlier in his career he guided Sampdoria to the Coppa Italia final in 2009 before winning the competition with Napoli in 2012.

Torino are currently 10th in Serie A, having only won five games all season. They face Bologna in Mazzarri's first fixture on Saturday and are 1/1 to win the match.

Torino president Urbano Cairo said: "I hadn't sacked a coach since 2011 but unfortunately we had to make this choice, and it's never a nice thing.

"Consistency is very important and that applies to everyone, even a football club. In this case we had to make a decision.

"I'm sorry for Mihajlovic, but I'm happy because we've finally managed to get a coach like Mazzarri, who I've been thinking of since 2007.

"Although I didn't know him very well personally, I've always followed him and I saw a person with great attention to detail."

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