LONDON: Gianluca Vialli has launched legal proceedings against English First Division Watford who sacked the Italian as their manager after just one season last June.
“On Jan 30 2003, former manager Gianluca Vialli issued court proceedings ... relating to the termination of his contract by Watford FC,” the club's parent company Watford Leisure said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange on Friday.
The former Juventus and Italy striker, now 38, took over at Watford on a three-year contract in June 2001, less than two years after he was sacked as manager by Chelsea, where he finished his playing career.
Ambitious for a return to the Premier League – they were relegated from the top flight under former England boss Graham Taylor in June 2000 – Watford backed Vialli as he invested in new players.
But they were disappointed with a 14th place finish at the end of the 2001-2002 season and replaced Vialli with Ray Lewington in June last year. – Reuters