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Sir Elton John was reportedly opposed to the dismissal of Gianluca Vialli

Tuesday 25 June 2002 @ 16:53 - GMT

Sir Elton John was reportedly opposed to the dismissal of Gianluca Vialli as manager and had given the Italian his backing.

The singer resigned last month after he was criticised in the national press for not doing enough to solve Watford's financial worries and Vialli was sacked only two weeks after the chairman walked out of Vicarage Road.

But it has emerged that Sir Elton had insisted that he was prepared to offer Vialli his support despite a poor first season in charge.

Meanwhile, there is still no word on who will replace Vialli in the Hornets hot-seat, although chief executive Tim Shaw has hinted that reserve-team coach Ray Lewington may take over on a permanent basis with the likes of Peter Taylor or Steve Coppell deemed too expensive for the cash-strapped club.