Sunderland link flatters Zola
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola says he is flattered to be named among the bookmakers' favourites to succeed Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager.
Di Canio was sacked on Sunday following a poor start to the season that saw the club take only one point from five Premier League games - and only hours after a training ground inquest into Saturday's 3-0 defeat at West Brom.
Kevin Ball has been appointed caretaker manager but Zola has been linked along with former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, Gus Poyet, Tony Pulis and Alex McLeish.
Zola is happy to be mentioned as a contender, but he is also focused on his job at Watford.
The Italian told Sky Sports News: "Of course I am flattered that I have been considered but I am really happy over here and like what I am doing.
"I think my growth as a manager has been massive and so I want to fulfil this task that I will be here."