Beppe Sannino says it is important Watford can change shape to adapt to different teams and situations next season

Watford Observer: Beppe Sannino directs his side from the touchline last season. Picture: Dave Peters Beppe Sannino directs his side from the touchline last season. Picture: Dave Peters

Beppe Sannino hopes Watford will be able to switch formations depending on the opposition this season as the Hornets continue their preparations for the new Championship season in Austria.

The Hornets head coach decided to keep the 3-5-2 system employed by predecessor Gianfranco Zola following his appointment last December, despite favouring the 4-4-2 formation during his time in Italy.

Sannino said that was because he wanted to keep things simple for the Hornets players and that he didn’t have the time to overhaul the formation midway through a campaign.

Watford have utilised a 4-3-3 formation in their first two pre-season matches, with the two forwards flanking the central striker providing the width, as opposed to the wing-backs used in the 3-5-2 shape.

Speaking to the club's website, Sannino said: "I am searching for a team who can change formation and work in different systems like 4-3-3 or 3-5-2, for example. It is important for us that we are ready to change depending on the opposition.

"At this stage I am looking more at how the team moves the ball around the pitch and the shape of the team, not the goals scored," he explained, after seeing his side run in eight goals in victories over SV Feldkirchen and SK Austria Klagenfurt.

The 57-year-old also highlighted the importance of the group bonding ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Watford have already made six additions to the side. Heurelho Gomes, Gabriel Tamas, Craig Cathcart and Lloyd Dyer are all new to the group and Sannino says pre-season is the time for the players to gel away from the field as well as on it.

"The pre-season, is for me, decisive, because day after day we are together for training, for dinner and then to have a coffee," explained Sannino.

"The players are boys, some are young, some older, for me I want them to speak to each other and get to know one another, to spend time together and to be compact."

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4:19pm Thu 10 Jul 14

HornetJJ says...

Most definitely! This has been our downfall over the last two seasons!
Most definitely! This has been our downfall over the last two seasons! HornetJJ
  • Score: 12

4:29pm Thu 10 Jul 14

SAHornet says...

On a different thread, I just looked at the time lapse camera thingymajig and they have made a lot of progress in the past few days. Looks as tho the demolition is almost complete to the south of the almost complete stand and the steel works to the north has come on a-pace. As you correctly said endean2, it won't be complete for the start of the season but I reckon it won't be too late. All great news coming out of the club just recently. Quite exciting, no ?
On a different thread, I just looked at the time lapse camera thingymajig and they have made a lot of progress in the past few days. Looks as tho the demolition is almost complete to the south of the almost complete stand and the steel works to the north has come on a-pace. As you correctly said endean2, it won't be complete for the start of the season but I reckon it won't be too late. All great news coming out of the club just recently. Quite exciting, no ? SAHornet
  • Score: 10

4:38pm Thu 10 Jul 14

helGODson says...

Exactly 'HornetJJ' - in fact I think the last WFC manger to switch formations/ tactics during a season was Aidy!!! - being able to switch formations & player positions game to game, and even mid-game will add so much more to our season & make us a greater threat.

And having Dyer & Anya who can play either wing will be great - and perhaps switching them during a game, will keep opposition defences on their toes!!!

Looking forward to 2014/ 15 season... COYH :-)
Exactly 'HornetJJ' - in fact I think the last WFC manger to switch formations/ tactics during a season was Aidy!!! - being able to switch formations & player positions game to game, and even mid-game will add so much more to our season & make us a greater threat. And having Dyer & Anya who can play either wing will be great - and perhaps switching them during a game, will keep opposition defences on their toes!!! Looking forward to 2014/ 15 season... COYH :-) helGODson
  • Score: 12

4:50pm Thu 10 Jul 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Agree with all of the above

Zola's team - much as I still love him - became extremely predictable; and once one team worked us out, they all followed suit

I would say that Zola suffered massively from Vydra's absence. Not his goals so much as the one dimensional nature of the style that resulted from it - everything was played in front of the opposition back line and we were extremely easy to defend against

Unpredicability is a major key to success.
Agree with all of the above Zola's team - much as I still love him - became extremely predictable; and once one team worked us out, they all followed suit I would say that Zola suffered massively from Vydra's absence. Not his goals so much as the one dimensional nature of the style that resulted from it - everything was played in front of the opposition back line and we were extremely easy to defend against Unpredicability is a major key to success. JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 24

5:15pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Agree with all of the above

Zola's team - much as I still love him - became extremely predictable; and once one team worked us out, they all followed suit

I would say that Zola suffered massively from Vydra's absence. Not his goals so much as the one dimensional nature of the style that resulted from it - everything was played in front of the opposition back line and we were extremely easy to defend against

Unpredicability is a major key to success.
completely agree - we played a style to suit a vydra, without a vydra....
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Agree with all of the above Zola's team - much as I still love him - became extremely predictable; and once one team worked us out, they all followed suit I would say that Zola suffered massively from Vydra's absence. Not his goals so much as the one dimensional nature of the style that resulted from it - everything was played in front of the opposition back line and we were extremely easy to defend against Unpredicability is a major key to success.[/p][/quote]completely agree - we played a style to suit a vydra, without a vydra.... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 7

5:49pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Big Cliff was King says...

Every day in every way it's getting better and better.
Vydra back, Tozser signed up for 2 years, a new east stand and now changing to 4 at the back !
Happy days.
Every day in every way it's getting better and better. Vydra back, Tozser signed up for 2 years, a new east stand and now changing to 4 at the back ! Happy days. Big Cliff was King
  • Score: 15

5:55pm Thu 10 Jul 14

MainStandShambles says...

Isn't the English language wonderful. Rereading the opening paragraph of this article it seems as if we are competing in the Austrian Championship next season.

Maybe it will be easier to gain promotion from!

Sorry, i just got a bit bored with the cricket this afternoon, roll on the start of the PROPER football.
Isn't the English language wonderful. Rereading the opening paragraph of this article it seems as if we are competing in the Austrian Championship next season. Maybe it will be easier to gain promotion from! Sorry, i just got a bit bored with the cricket this afternoon, roll on the start of the PROPER football. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 1

6:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Agree with all of the above

Zola's team - much as I still love him - became extremely predictable; and once one team worked us out, they all followed suit

I would say that Zola suffered massively from Vydra's absence. Not his goals so much as the one dimensional nature of the style that resulted from it - everything was played in front of the opposition back line and we were extremely easy to defend against

Unpredicability is a major key to success.
completely agree - we played a style to suit a vydra, without a vydra....
Bang on pal

Much more variety up front this season in terms of style
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Agree with all of the above Zola's team - much as I still love him - became extremely predictable; and once one team worked us out, they all followed suit I would say that Zola suffered massively from Vydra's absence. Not his goals so much as the one dimensional nature of the style that resulted from it - everything was played in front of the opposition back line and we were extremely easy to defend against Unpredicability is a major key to success.[/p][/quote]completely agree - we played a style to suit a vydra, without a vydra....[/p][/quote]Bang on pal Much more variety up front this season in terms of style JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 2

8:15pm Thu 10 Jul 14

soulfulhornet says...

Unless you are a Barcelona you need a plan B - and even Barc's Plan A has to some degree been rumbled. I think the squad we are assembling has the capacity, at least in principle, to play in several different styles/ formations.

Now footballers (most) are not candidates to be brains of Britain, but I have always thought that players are more adaptable than most coaches/ pundits give them credit for.

4-4-2, 3-5-2, 4-3-3 you choose the best formation for the players available and best suited to defeat the opposition. In the end it is the players not the formation that wins matches.
Unless you are a Barcelona you need a plan B - and even Barc's Plan A has to some degree been rumbled. I think the squad we are assembling has the capacity, at least in principle, to play in several different styles/ formations. Now footballers (most) are not candidates to be brains of Britain, but I have always thought that players are more adaptable than most coaches/ pundits give them credit for. 4-4-2, 3-5-2, 4-3-3 you choose the best formation for the players available and best suited to defeat the opposition. In the end it is the players not the formation that wins matches. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 3

12:09am Fri 11 Jul 14

bornyellow says...

the last formation did see the opposition catch us out so be be able to switch formation can be a good thing...last season teams see us as 3-5-2 and set up accordingly,if Sannino can diversify throughout a match than i think we will do very well...lets keep fingers crossed
the last formation did see the opposition catch us out so be be able to switch formation can be a good thing...last season teams see us as 3-5-2 and set up accordingly,if Sannino can diversify throughout a match than i think we will do very well...lets keep fingers crossed bornyellow
  • Score: 0

6:49am Fri 11 Jul 14

endean2 says...

SAHornet wrote:
On a different thread, I just looked at the time lapse camera thingymajig and they have made a lot of progress in the past few days. Looks as tho the demolition is almost complete to the south of the almost complete stand and the steel works to the north has come on a-pace. As you correctly said endean2, it won't be complete for the start of the season but I reckon it won't be too late. All great news coming out of the club just recently. Quite exciting, no ?
Yep, that's all very positive news
apoligises for my somewhat ott response of late!
must be the excitement for the new season.
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: On a different thread, I just looked at the time lapse camera thingymajig and they have made a lot of progress in the past few days. Looks as tho the demolition is almost complete to the south of the almost complete stand and the steel works to the north has come on a-pace. As you correctly said endean2, it won't be complete for the start of the season but I reckon it won't be too late. All great news coming out of the club just recently. Quite exciting, no ?[/p][/quote]Yep, that's all very positive news apoligises for my somewhat ott response of late! must be the excitement for the new season. endean2
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

Big Cliff was King wrote:
Every day in every way it's getting better and better.
Vydra back, Tozser signed up for 2 years, a new east stand and now changing to 4 at the back !
Happy days.
Vydra playing wide on the right of a front 3 would be a total waste. He may not get into enough scoring areas.
[quote][p][bold]Big Cliff was King[/bold] wrote: Every day in every way it's getting better and better. Vydra back, Tozser signed up for 2 years, a new east stand and now changing to 4 at the back ! Happy days.[/p][/quote]Vydra playing wide on the right of a front 3 would be a total waste. He may not get into enough scoring areas. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 0
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