Watford say Francesco Guidolin will co-ordinate foreign scouts for Udinese and Granada

Watford Observer: Francesco Guidolin in conversation with then Southampton manager Nigel Adkins. Picture: Action Images Francesco Guidolin in conversation with then Southampton manager Nigel Adkins. Picture: Action Images

Francesco Guidolin will focus on co-ordinating the foreign scouts for Udinese and Granada after being appointed as “supervisor” of the three Pozzo-owned clubs.

The 58-year-old retired as coach of Udinese on Tuesday after a 13th-place finish in Serie A and his new role was revealed by the club’s sporting director Christian Giaretta at a press conference.

“From next season he will no longer be the coach of Udinese, but take on the role of technical supervisor,” Giaretta said, as reported by football-italia.net. “Guidolin will supervise the three teams of the Pozzo family. We wish him all the best.”

It was not clear at that stage what Guidolin’s new role would involve, or what it potentially meant for Watford, but the Hornets have confirmed it will be primarily focusing on co-ordinating the foreign scouts for the Pozzo’s two other European clubs.

This may have some consequences for Watford if a player is scouted and he ultimately plays for them but we understand Guidolin’s new position will have no immediate impact on the day-to-day activities at London Colney.

Guidolin, who will still be based in Italy, guided Udinese to fourth and third place in the Italian top flight after returning to the club in 2010 and, in comments we first reported on Tuesday, he told the media: “This is a wonderful day for me, because I will no longer be a coach, but I can remain here.

“I am pleased to stay here, give my contribution and face this new challenge. A new adventure begins and I am curious to see how it goes.

“It’s no coincidence I chose to wear a jacket at this conference, because there are going to be some changes. It’s a new phase of my life.

“I have so many games behind me. I don’t know how I will settle into this new role. I also feel a little sadness, but I want to underline this is entirely my choice. It is what’s best for me.

“Over the next few days I will be at the disposal of the club, then I’ll begin a lovely vacation and after that start working on this new job.”

Hailing from Castelfranco Veneto in the province of Treviso, Guidolin will bring a wealth of managerial experience to his new role.

The Italian took up the reins at Udinese in 2010 and oversaw a period of success for the Friuli-Venezia Giulia-based club, guiding the Zebrette to fourth place in Serie A in his first season, finishing only behind Milan, Internazionale and Napoli to qualify for the Champions League play-offs.

Beaten by Arsenal over two legs to miss out on a place in the group stages of Europe’s premier competition, Guidolin improved the side the following summer and secured a third-place finish.

The 2012/13 campaign saw the Biaconeri finish fifth in Serie A, confirming their place in the Europa League.

Guidolin had previously managed Udinese for a year between 1998 and 1999.

Prior to succeeding Pasquale Marino at the Stadio Friuli, Guidolin spent two years coaching Parma, where he returned the club to Serie A at the first time of asking.

Head coach at Beppe Sannino’s former employers Palermo no fewer than four times, Guidolin’s first management role came at Giorgione in 1988.

A midfielder during his playing days, Guidolin spent nine years with Hellas Verona before retiring at Venezia in 1986.

Comments (13)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:01pm Fri 23 May 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

So all the best pozzo prospects will be syphoned off to U or G by Guidolin and we will be left with what Nani can find us. Terrific !
So all the best pozzo prospects will be syphoned off to U or G by Guidolin and we will be left with what Nani can find us. Terrific ! Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -33

12:42pm Fri 23 May 14

corbindallas says...

Well thats clear then, not. He supervises Watford as well but he does not? Was the quote re his involvement with Watford from Nani trying to protect his position, lol.
Well thats clear then, not. He supervises Watford as well but he does not? Was the quote re his involvement with Watford from Nani trying to protect his position, lol. corbindallas
  • Score: 3

12:45pm Fri 23 May 14

Meadey39 says...

Watford will become Udinese's development team
Watford will become Udinese's development team Meadey39
  • Score: -63

12:58pm Fri 23 May 14

endean2 says...

I said in a earlier post on this subject that this may well lead to even more
confusion within our club.
Well it seems were well on the way already, sometimes the simpler things
in life just work that much better.
I said in a earlier post on this subject that this may well lead to even more confusion within our club. Well it seems were well on the way already, sometimes the simpler things in life just work that much better. endean2
  • Score: -27

2:10pm Fri 23 May 14

not a regular says...

Erm, sounds to me like the Pozzos have established that what works on the continent doesn't necessarily work here. They aren't going to flat out say "Guidolin is staying on but we don't want him near WFC". Supervisory role over all three clubs but realistically only concentrating on two while allowing us to get on with it.
Erm, sounds to me like the Pozzos have established that what works on the continent doesn't necessarily work here. They aren't going to flat out say "Guidolin is staying on but we don't want him near WFC". Supervisory role over all three clubs but realistically only concentrating on two while allowing us to get on with it. not a regular
  • Score: 12

2:48pm Fri 23 May 14

lockerbiehornet says...

Meadey39 wrote:
Watford will become Udinese's development team
More like the other way round considering the rewards of The Premiership compared to the pittance Serie A clubs receive every season, most of which is now coming from BT Sport and Eurosport for the coverage rights
[quote][p][bold]Meadey39[/bold] wrote: Watford will become Udinese's development team[/p][/quote]More like the other way round considering the rewards of The Premiership compared to the pittance Serie A clubs receive every season, most of which is now coming from BT Sport and Eurosport for the coverage rights lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 12

4:06pm Fri 23 May 14

watford1881 says...

The real money for the Pozzos will be in getting Watford tothe Premiership..
The real money for the Pozzos will be in getting Watford tothe Premiership.. watford1881
  • Score: 12

4:51pm Fri 23 May 14

Crashcarter says...

His time was up at Udinese, and they 'found' him a position due to his great record. Doubt it is anything to get worked up about
His time was up at Udinese, and they 'found' him a position due to his great record. Doubt it is anything to get worked up about Crashcarter
  • Score: 8

6:39pm Fri 23 May 14

buckler says...

Heard he's mates with Jimmy Russos..
Heard he's mates with Jimmy Russos.. buckler
  • Score: -5

8:13am Sat 24 May 14

madhorn says...

Nani -are his hands tied or has he not been given the money? Does he need a supervisor?

The indications were that Guidolin would oversee all three Pozzo clubs, now it appears that he won't be involved here.
Nani has not exactly been successful at WFC or his previous club, West Ham.
He joined them during the Curbishley era and then took on Zola.
He had a reputation for finding players through his worldwide contacts, and I understand that he was given responsibility for reorganising the club which was considered a long term project. They parted company within 2 years.
He will have completed 2 years here in July and during that period many of the signings have been from Udinese or Granada - some have been good, but others unsuited to WFC.
Nani is an obviously intelligent man who can speak several languages perhaps he has objected to 'supervision' by Guidolin .
Nani -are his hands tied or has he not been given the money? Does he need a supervisor? The indications were that Guidolin would oversee all three Pozzo clubs, now it appears that he won't be involved here. Nani has not exactly been successful at WFC or his previous club, West Ham. He joined them during the Curbishley era and then took on Zola. He had a reputation for finding players through his worldwide contacts, and I understand that he was given responsibility for reorganising the club which was considered a long term project. They parted company within 2 years. He will have completed 2 years here in July and during that period many of the signings have been from Udinese or Granada - some have been good, but others unsuited to WFC. Nani is an obviously intelligent man who can speak several languages perhaps he has objected to 'supervision' by Guidolin . madhorn
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Sat 24 May 14

soulfulhornet says...

Whilst not being Nani's greatest fan, he has done some good things too. If he was responsible for bringing in players that ultimately proved to be not up to the job, then he was also responsible for bringing in the good ones too.

After all, he made a contribution with signings such as Abdi, Fessi, Chalobah, Almunia, Cassetti, Vydra, Anya etc to an unforgettable season of arguably the best football ever played by any Watford side in our history! Abdi is regarded by many fans as one of the best Watford midfielders ever and Vydra the best finisher! And Zola reckoned Forestieri is better than himself at the same age. Were we complaining that season ? And there were a few signings in 12/13 that did not cut it - for whatever reason.

I also agree that some (not all - Tozser/ Angella) of 2013/14 signings hinted at desperation, but let's see if he gets it right in the close season. So far so good (Gomes/ Dyer + the youngsters).

As regards his West Ham days, he was there when the club was in melt down. Due to the international banking crisis, the Icelandic owners could not sustain the club. As a result, the quality of the playing staff suffered and not surprisingly so did performances. Gianfranco and Nani were not responsible for the club's financial predicament at that time.

Had Sullivan and Gold not stepped in West Ham might have done a Leeds, Coventry of god forbid a Portsmouth! The new owners (from Jan 2010) wanted their own appointees so got rid of Nani in Feb 2010 and GFZ in June. Just like the Pozzos did in 2012 - hence Sean Dyche and staff leaving. I don't think any of us would suggest that Sean's departure was down to his incompetence.

West Ham appointed Avram Grant and promptly got relegated.

Now unless Nani is guilty of intiating the banking crisis, then the West Ham situation was not down to him! Everyone loves a pantomine villian and I know it is unfashionable to put things into perspective, but is Nani really the main/only problem at WFC .
Whilst not being Nani's greatest fan, he has done some good things too. If he was responsible for bringing in players that ultimately proved to be not up to the job, then he was also responsible for bringing in the good ones too. After all, he made a contribution with signings such as Abdi, Fessi, Chalobah, Almunia, Cassetti, Vydra, Anya etc to an unforgettable season of arguably the best football ever played by any Watford side in our history! Abdi is regarded by many fans as one of the best Watford midfielders ever and Vydra the best finisher! And Zola reckoned Forestieri is better than himself at the same age. Were we complaining that season ? And there were a few signings in 12/13 that did not cut it - for whatever reason. I also agree that some (not all - Tozser/ Angella) of 2013/14 signings hinted at desperation, but let's see if he gets it right in the close season. So far so good (Gomes/ Dyer + the youngsters). As regards his West Ham days, he was there when the club was in melt down. Due to the international banking crisis, the Icelandic owners could not sustain the club. As a result, the quality of the playing staff suffered and not surprisingly so did performances. Gianfranco and Nani were not responsible for the club's financial predicament at that time. Had Sullivan and Gold not stepped in West Ham might have done a Leeds, Coventry of god forbid a Portsmouth! The new owners (from Jan 2010) wanted their own appointees so got rid of Nani in Feb 2010 and GFZ in June. Just like the Pozzos did in 2012 - hence Sean Dyche and staff leaving. I don't think any of us would suggest that Sean's departure was down to his incompetence. West Ham appointed Avram Grant and promptly got relegated. Now unless Nani is guilty of intiating the banking crisis, then the West Ham situation was not down to him! Everyone loves a pantomine villian and I know it is unfashionable to put things into perspective, but is Nani really the main/only problem at WFC . soulfulhornet
  • Score: 3

5:55pm Sat 24 May 14

PozzoHornet says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
Whilst not being Nani's greatest fan, he has done some good things too. If he was responsible for bringing in players that ultimately proved to be not up to the job, then he was also responsible for bringing in the good ones too.

After all, he made a contribution with signings such as Abdi, Fessi, Chalobah, Almunia, Cassetti, Vydra, Anya etc to an unforgettable season of arguably the best football ever played by any Watford side in our history! Abdi is regarded by many fans as one of the best Watford midfielders ever and Vydra the best finisher! And Zola reckoned Forestieri is better than himself at the same age. Were we complaining that season ? And there were a few signings in 12/13 that did not cut it - for whatever reason.

I also agree that some (not all - Tozser/ Angella) of 2013/14 signings hinted at desperation, but let's see if he gets it right in the close season. So far so good (Gomes/ Dyer + the youngsters).

As regards his West Ham days, he was there when the club was in melt down. Due to the international banking crisis, the Icelandic owners could not sustain the club. As a result, the quality of the playing staff suffered and not surprisingly so did performances. Gianfranco and Nani were not responsible for the club's financial predicament at that time.

Had Sullivan and Gold not stepped in West Ham might have done a Leeds, Coventry of god forbid a Portsmouth! The new owners (from Jan 2010) wanted their own appointees so got rid of Nani in Feb 2010 and GFZ in June. Just like the Pozzos did in 2012 - hence Sean Dyche and staff leaving. I don't think any of us would suggest that Sean's departure was down to his incompetence.

West Ham appointed Avram Grant and promptly got relegated.

Now unless Nani is guilty of intiating the banking crisis, then the West Ham situation was not down to him! Everyone loves a pantomine villian and I know it is unfashionable to put things into perspective, but is Nani really the main/only problem at WFC .
Very good and balanced post. Posts like this help to slow the uncanny ability for people on this site to gang up on people and go on witch hunts. Nani has made predominantly poor signings this season, but he cannot be the scapegoat for the players' and managers' failings as well.
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: Whilst not being Nani's greatest fan, he has done some good things too. If he was responsible for bringing in players that ultimately proved to be not up to the job, then he was also responsible for bringing in the good ones too. After all, he made a contribution with signings such as Abdi, Fessi, Chalobah, Almunia, Cassetti, Vydra, Anya etc to an unforgettable season of arguably the best football ever played by any Watford side in our history! Abdi is regarded by many fans as one of the best Watford midfielders ever and Vydra the best finisher! And Zola reckoned Forestieri is better than himself at the same age. Were we complaining that season ? And there were a few signings in 12/13 that did not cut it - for whatever reason. I also agree that some (not all - Tozser/ Angella) of 2013/14 signings hinted at desperation, but let's see if he gets it right in the close season. So far so good (Gomes/ Dyer + the youngsters). As regards his West Ham days, he was there when the club was in melt down. Due to the international banking crisis, the Icelandic owners could not sustain the club. As a result, the quality of the playing staff suffered and not surprisingly so did performances. Gianfranco and Nani were not responsible for the club's financial predicament at that time. Had Sullivan and Gold not stepped in West Ham might have done a Leeds, Coventry of god forbid a Portsmouth! The new owners (from Jan 2010) wanted their own appointees so got rid of Nani in Feb 2010 and GFZ in June. Just like the Pozzos did in 2012 - hence Sean Dyche and staff leaving. I don't think any of us would suggest that Sean's departure was down to his incompetence. West Ham appointed Avram Grant and promptly got relegated. Now unless Nani is guilty of intiating the banking crisis, then the West Ham situation was not down to him! Everyone loves a pantomine villian and I know it is unfashionable to put things into perspective, but is Nani really the main/only problem at WFC .[/p][/quote]Very good and balanced post. Posts like this help to slow the uncanny ability for people on this site to gang up on people and go on witch hunts. Nani has made predominantly poor signings this season, but he cannot be the scapegoat for the players' and managers' failings as well. PozzoHornet
  • Score: 1

8:14pm Sun 25 May 14

soulfulhornet says...

Pozzohornet, agree it is easy to make one individual the scapegoat. In the 80's it always seemed to be Nigel Callaghan. Took the rap for a bad display (usually unfairly). As an aside, I thought he was a better crosser of a ball than Beckham and in some situations better than Barnesy.

There is another issue. Players (like managers) seem to be expected to hit the ground running. Fans and journos slate players that don't - but if you look at those who didn't, then there are some fantastic players - for example Thierry Henry, Dennis Berkamp and Didier Drogba all took time to adapt to the Premier league. All of those would be in the top 10/20 players ever to play in it, yet would they be given the space and time today!

In recent years at Watford, John Eustace was slaughtered when he first arrived from Stoke, probably by the same people who state he shouldn't have been allowed to leave last summer. Look at Troy - his first season and a half he was well below par. Now look at him 45 goals or so in one and three quarter seasons.

And Ross Jenkins, George Reilly and even Luther were slow off the blocks initially (not with his pace however). I am certain all of them had this forum been in existence at the time, would have been crucified by some posters.

Are we expecting too much from the incoming foreign players. Yes some adapt quickly, Abdi, Forestieri, Vydra, but others need time to take in a new country, language and culture. I have worked abroad an lived alone in hotels, so I speak from personal experience.

Patience is a virtue, I think it also a necessity especially for the fans who can help the players or hinder them. It's up to us. Nani is responsible for signings but not for the time it takes for adaptation. Cut him and the players some slack at least.

I think some of the signings just need time, Faraoni for example, Udinese/Juventus paid £5m for him so he can't be all bad. Iriney was starting to get to grips with the Championship when Tozser arrived etc.
Others like Fabbrini might not have the physical attributes, but it is a suck it and see approach that's needed. You don't know until you try. And before some suggest we should have tried and tested Championship players - in many cases we can't afford the fees and the salaries.

It is very easy to jump to conclusions, some of which are right and some of which are less so. I believe we all need to get a grip and wake up and smell the coffee. Think where we might have been!
Pozzohornet, agree it is easy to make one individual the scapegoat. In the 80's it always seemed to be Nigel Callaghan. Took the rap for a bad display (usually unfairly). As an aside, I thought he was a better crosser of a ball than Beckham and in some situations better than Barnesy. There is another issue. Players (like managers) seem to be expected to hit the ground running. Fans and journos slate players that don't - but if you look at those who didn't, then there are some fantastic players - for example Thierry Henry, Dennis Berkamp and Didier Drogba all took time to adapt to the Premier league. All of those would be in the top 10/20 players ever to play in it, yet would they be given the space and time today! In recent years at Watford, John Eustace was slaughtered when he first arrived from Stoke, probably by the same people who state he shouldn't have been allowed to leave last summer. Look at Troy - his first season and a half he was well below par. Now look at him 45 goals or so in one and three quarter seasons. And Ross Jenkins, George Reilly and even Luther were slow off the blocks initially (not with his pace however). I am certain all of them had this forum been in existence at the time, would have been crucified by some posters. Are we expecting too much from the incoming foreign players. Yes some adapt quickly, Abdi, Forestieri, Vydra, but others need time to take in a new country, language and culture. I have worked abroad an lived alone in hotels, so I speak from personal experience. Patience is a virtue, I think it also a necessity especially for the fans who can help the players or hinder them. It's up to us. Nani is responsible for signings but not for the time it takes for adaptation. Cut him and the players some slack at least. I think some of the signings just need time, Faraoni for example, Udinese/Juventus paid £5m for him so he can't be all bad. Iriney was starting to get to grips with the Championship when Tozser arrived etc. Others like Fabbrini might not have the physical attributes, but it is a suck it and see approach that's needed. You don't know until you try. And before some suggest we should have tried and tested Championship players - in many cases we can't afford the fees and the salaries. It is very easy to jump to conclusions, some of which are right and some of which are less so. I believe we all need to get a grip and wake up and smell the coffee. Think where we might have been! soulfulhornet
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree