Last Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:06
Gianfranco Zola has stepped down from his role as manager at Watford after a run of five successive home defeats.
Zola helped the Hornets reach the Championship play-off final last season but he has been unable to rediscover the same kind of form that carried his team to Wembley this term.
Watford were beaten at home by struggling Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, leaving them mid table and as close to the bottom three as they are to the top six.
The Italian hinted after the match that he may no longer be the right man for the job at Vicarage Road and it was confirmed on Monday that he had handed in his resignation after 18 months in charge.
In an open letter to supporters, Zola wrote: "I am writing this with a very heavy heart and after a lot of consideration, to tell you that I have resigned.
"First of all, this decision has not been made quickly. I mentioned after the game on Saturday that I wanted to think about things overnight and that is exactly what I have done.
"I must place Watford Football Club first in my thoughts and it is for this reason that I have taken my action.
"I feel that it is in the best interests of the team that somebody new is given the chance to bring the success which we have all hoped for and worked very hard for."
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