Reading and Watford will wear black armbands and observe a minute's applause ahead of their FA Cup clash in memory of former Hornets manager Gianluca Vialli.

The Italian, formerly of Chelsea and Sampdoria, passed away today of pancreatic cancer aged just 58.

As a player, he enjoyed a decorated career with Italian giants Juventus and the national team, as well as becoming a popular figure at London giants Chelsea.

Becoming the first Italian to manage in the Premier League when taking over at Stamford Bridge in 1998, he won the UEFA Super Cup and League Cup in 1998, as well as the 1999 FA Cup.

Not as successful with Watford, the former striker lead the Hornets to a 14th placed finish in the second tier during his only season in charge.

Releasing a statement expressing their sympathy, the Hertfordshire-based club said: "All at Watford FC are saddened to learn of the passing of our former manager Gianluca Vialli. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."