Beppe Sannino claims Lloyd Dyer’s angry reaction following his goal tonight was “normal” and downplayed the suggestion some of his squad are unhappy with him.
Dyer rejected the chance to play Premier League football with Leicester City in favour of a longer contract at Watford.
However, Dyer – arguably the best winger in the Championship last season – has yet to start a league match for his new club, being limited to three substitute appearances, with his only start coming in the League Cup.
Dyer scored against Stevenage last Tuesday and was one of the Golden Boys’ best players at Norwich City on Saturday following his introduction at half-time.
But the 31-year-old was left on the bench at Rotherham United tonight and when he scored after coming on, the former MK Dons man ran halfway across the pitch and shouted angrily at the Watford bench, seemingly in the direction of his head coach.
Sannino claimed: “I think he was happy but a player who is on the bench and comes on has that reaction. This behaviour is normal.
“I was a player in the past and I know that is normal. The important thing is that we go back to Watford with the three points.”
He continued: “I didn’t hear what he said because I was too far away. I didn’t see it to be honest. I speak about it because you asked the question.
“I was watching our fans because our fans are fantastic.”
The Watford Observer understands several first team players are unhappy with Sannino and it isn’t only because of a lack of game time.
Sannino was asked if the players are happy and if the dressing room is united after the 2-0 victory at Rotherham.
He replied: “I believe that in all dressing rooms the atmosphere is very good when you win. We lost one match and that means there is a little sadness, but that is normal.
“Watford has a very big squad, has a big group and has big players.”
“This job [keeping everyone happy] is not easy, if you knew that you wouldn’t ask me this question,” Sannino said.
“For me it would be fantastic if I could put all my players on the pitch. But I can only pick 11 and I am paid to pick those players. I pick for the club, my squad and the fans.
“Tonight, to have 1,100 fans here, is very important. Now is the moment for me to go and relax.”
Read why Sannino believes his selection at Rotherham was justified here.
And here Dyer discusses his move to Watford.