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Monday, 30 September, 2002, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Watford admit Vialli error
Gianluca Vialli began his managerial career at Chelsea
Vialli had little time to reverse flagging fortunes at Watford
Watford chairman Graham Simpson has admitted the club made a "misjudgement" when they appointed Gianluca Vialli as manager.

Vialli failed to restore the Vicarage Road club's Premiership status and was sacked in the summer as financial problems struck.

"I think it was perhaps a misjudgement and it won't happen again. But I still think at times last year we saw some lovely football," Simpson said.

"If we had been able to afford Luca, who knows what he might have achieved in two more years?

"He didn't get the chance he needed because we couldn't afford him.

"Maybe if we'd been wiser we'd have done things differently but we did it for the good of Watford. It was a punt and it didn't work."

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