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Vydra as technically gifted as any Championship player, says McKinlay

Watford Observer:

11:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Matej Vydra has struggled for much of this season but after showing signs of his old self at Blackburn Rovers, he was back with a bang on Tuesday night.

AUDIO: McKinlay's first post-match press conference as Hornets boss

Watford Observer:

1:13pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Listen to the large majority of Billy McKinlay's first post-match press conference as Watford's head coach.

VIDEO: Matej fires home early goal of the season contender

Watford Observer:

12:51pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

As the ball dropped to Matej Vydra on the edge of the penalty area there was no hesitation. He rifled his half volley into the net. It proved enough to secure a 2-1 win over Brentford and is an early contender for goal of the season.

McKinlay: Monday was a difficult day for Watford's players

Watford Observer:

12:38pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Watford head coach Billy McKinlay admitted Oscar Garcia’s shock resignation made preparing for last night’s match difficult for his players.

McKinlay unable to completely enjoy his managerial debut

Watford Observer:

1:40am Wednesday 1st October 2014

New Watford boss Billy McKinlay admitted he was unable to completely enjoy his first game in management despite securing a 2-1 victory against Brentford.

HALF-TIME: Watford impress in McKinlay's opener

Watford Observer:

8:48pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Watford have impressed in Billy McKinlay’s first game in charge of the club and lead Brentford 1-0 at the break.

Cathcart lands date with the Faroes

Watford Observer:

4:03pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Watford defender Craig Cathcart has been called up by Northern Ireland for their EURO 2016 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Greece.

Watford return first fixture Warburton looked for after 'very shabby' treatment

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Brentford boss Mark Warburton believes he was treated badly by Watford and admitted tonight's game was the first he looked for when the fixtures were released. He is unlikely to be alone at the Bees.

McKinlay replaces Oscar Garcia as Watford's head coach

Watford Observer:

12:52pm Monday 29th September 2014

Billy McKinlay has replaced Oscar Garcia as Watford's head coach.

HIGHLIGHTS: Hornets' draw 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Watch the highlights from yesterday's 2-2 draw between Watford and Blackburn Rovers. 

McKinlay: 'Don't get too bogged down that we were pulled back to 2-2'

Watford Observer: Billy McKinlay Watford

8:02pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Watford’s first team coach Billy McKinlay believes it is important not to become “too bogged down” with the Hornets giving away a two-goal lead during their 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Same old problems result in Watford sacrificing two-goal lead

Watford Observer: Blackburn Rovers vs Watford

5:09pm Saturday 27th September 2014

The inability to maintain possession and poor defending cost Watford this afternoon as they gave away a two-goal lead to draw with Blackburn Rovers and were fortunate not to leave empty handed.

Mensah considered his future in football after second knee surgery

Watford Observer: Picture: Alan Cozzi/Watford FC

3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Bernard Mensah admits a second knee operation in just over two years left him questioning whether he had a future in professional football but he is back and impressed during his first outing for six months.

Oscar Garcia given the all-clear by doctors

Watford Observer:

5:37pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Oscar Garcia has been given the all-clear by doctors and today (Thursday) returned to Watford’s training ground.

Watford striker Mensah impresses after six months out

Watford Observer: Picture: Andrew Scott/Watford FC

9:01pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

It has been more than six months since Bernard Mensah’s last competitive game following knee surgery but you couldn’t tell as he proved to be the catalyst for Watford as they progressed to the next round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup with a 1-0 victory over Peterborough United.

Martinez admits Watford missed Deeney

Watford Observer:

5:50pm Saturday 20th September 2014

Watford’s assistant coach Ruben Martinez admitted the Hornets missed the injured Troy Deeney during their 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

Who was your man-of-the-match against Bournemouth?

Watford Observer:

10:20am Sunday 21st September 2014

Watford were far from their best against Bournemouth and there were not many stand-out performers. But did anyone catch your eye?

HALF-TIME: Sloppy Watford fortunate to go into the break level

Watford Observer:

1:22pm Saturday 20th September 2014

The last week for Watford has been dominated by penalty decisions and that continued to be the case during the first half against Bournemouth this afternoon.

Oscar still in hospital but hopeful he will return to work 'very soon'

Watford Observer:

11:38am Saturday 20th September 2014

Oscar Garcia – who is expected out of hospital today - has expressed his pride in Watford’s players and staff and is hopeful he will return to work “very soon”.

East Stand part opening in two weeks

Watford Observer:

9:10am Friday 19th September 2014

The part-opening of the new East Stand at Vicarage Road is now scheduled to take place in two weeks time and a full opening is expected on November 1.

Ekstrand: Players were patient with Sannino and tried to play his way

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

Joel Ekstrand enjoyed a good relationship with Beppe Sannino but disagreed with his former head coach’s claim that Watford’s players were reluctant to work on tactics and believes his teammates were patient with the Italian.

COMMENT: Assombalonga is looking like the girlfriend you let slip away

Watford Observer:

3:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Britt Assombalonga is starting to remind me of the girlfriend you let get away.

BALLOT: Who was Watford's stand-out performer at Blackpool

Watford Observer:

8:10am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Watford's 1-0 win at Blackpool was another contest where few players stood out and almost everyone had a reasonable game. But who was your pick of the bunch?

Riga: Oyston's communication is one thing, acting is another

Watford Observer:

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

The situation at Blackpool – Watford’s opponents last night – has been as turbulent as any in the Football League and despite chairman Karl Oyston finally backing his manager publically yesterday, Jose Riga has warned “communication is one thing, acting is another”.

Oscar's absence was not used in team talk

Watford Observer:

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

One of Watford’s assistant coaches believes the club’s players wanted to secure three points against Blackpool for Oscar Garcia but stated winning for their absent head coach was not used as motivation in the pre-match team talk.

Watford refuse to confirm if Oscar Garcia remains in hospital

Watford Observer:

12:10am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Watford refused to confirm whether Oscar Garcia was still in hospital tonight following his admission for minor chest pains on Sunday.

Vydra back among the goals on the coast

Watford Observer:

10:36pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

For a while it looked like another case of déjà vu at Bloomfield Road for Watford but Matej Vydra’s first goal in seven games for club and country proved the difference against Blackpool. However, the travelling support had to endure an agonising finish to the 1-0 win and the worrying sight of their captain hobbling off injured in the dying moments.

HALF-TIME: Deja vu for dominant Hornets

Watford Observer:

8:47pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Similar to 12 months ago, Watford created the better chances during the first half against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road but, like that afternoon, the score remains goalless at the break.

Oscar 'sorry and disappointed' as hospital stay ensures he will miss Pool clash

Watford Observer:

6:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Minor chest pains forced Oscar Garcia to spend yesterday in hospital but that didn’t stop Watford’s new head coach from speaking to the club’s coaching staff and helping finalise plans for today’s trip to Blackpool.

Ex-Manchester United trialist signs with Watford

Watford Observer:

8:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Watford's young striker Ogo Obi - who spent time this summer on trial at Manchester United - has today signed his first professional contract with the Hornets.

Experienced midfielder to miss Watford's trip to the coast

Watford Observer:

5:13pm Monday 15th September 2014

Keith Andrews has been ruled out of tomorrow's trip to Blackpool as two other Watford players face a race against time to be fit.

HIGHLIGHTS: Hornets stung by failure to finish

Watford Observer:

10:24am Monday 15th September 2014

Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic was a frustrating afternoon for Watford and their supporters. But if you missed the match at The Valley, you can watch brief highlights here.

Sannino back to business

Watford Observer: Getting his point across: Beppe Sannino. Picture: Action Images

10:00am Monday 15th September 2014

Former Watford boss Beppe Sannino only had to wait two weeks for a return to football; with Serie B strugglers Catania announcing he has become their new head coach.

Abdi: 'I've only been 80 to 85 per cent fit'

Watford Observer:

11:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Almen Abdi believes he has only been 80 to 85 per cent fit so far this season and admits he has struggled to recapture the form which made him one of the best players in the Championship.

Hornets plan to part open East Stand next Saturday on test basis

Watford Observer:

6:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Watford have confirmed they do plan to have a part opening of the new East Stand at Vicarage Road for next weekend’s game with Bournemouth but on “a test basis”.

Charlton preparation hasn't been ideal for Oscar

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

Oscar Garcia admits preparation for his first game as Watford’s head coach has not been ideal but does not plan to make dramatic changes to the way the Hornets were playing under his predecessor Beppe Sannino.

Munari out of Oscar's curtain-raiser

Watford Observer:

5:18pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Gianni Munari has been ruled out of Oscar Garcia's first game in charge of Watford and Fernando Forestieri is a doubt for Saturday's trip to Charlton Athletic.

Oscar wouldn't have joined Hornets if promotion decided future

Watford Observer:

7:00am Friday 5th September 2014

Finishing in the top six is Oscar Garcia’s target this season but Watford’s new head coach insists he wouldn’t have joined the club if failure to reach the play-offs would cost him his job.

UPDATED: Pozzo's increased influence major factor in Nani departure

Watford Observer:

8:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

Gian Luca Nani – one of the most important men behind the scenes at Watford in recent years – handed in his resignation this week.

Hornets confident of partial East Stand opening for next home game

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Watford remain confident part of the East Stand will be open for their next home game in two weeks time and are hopeful it will be fully complete a fortnight later.

Watford not looking to strengthen after ending interest in Chelsea youngster

Watford Observer:

11:06am Thursday 4th September 2014

The Hornets do not currently plan to make any more signings once the loan window reopens next week after deciding against pursuing their interest in Chelsea's Lewis Baker.

Garcia not given Seagulls credit he deserves

Watford Observer:

4:18pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

New Watford head coach Oscar Garcia arguably did a better job at Brighton & Hove Albion than he will be remembered for.

UPDATED: Watford to appoint Dowling as Nani's replacement

Watford Observer: Giampaolo Pozzo (right) with Gian Luca Nani. Picture: Holly Cant

11:15pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The Watford Observer can confirm that Luke Dowling will be the man to replace Gian Luca Nani at Vicarage Road.

Goalkeeping coach appears to confirm place in Garcia's staff

Watford Observer:

10:21pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Goalkeeping coach Ruben Martinez appears to have confirmed he has joined Oscar Garcia’s coaching staff at Watford.

Agent: 'First team football main reason Rosenthal wanted to leave Watford'

Watford Observer: Under-21s game to be played behind closed doors

7:18pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Tom Rosenthal's agent has stressed the attacking midfielder left Watford to secure regular first team football and not because of an ill family member.

Nani resigns as technical director

Watford Observer: Picture: Holly Cant

5:46pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Watford's technical director Gian Luca Nani has resigned after admitting he has been considering his position for some time.

Garcia: 'I come back to England to help Watford achieve their goals'

Watford Observer:

12:48pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Oscar Garcia is the first Watford boss to use Twitter and he has wasted no time in posting his first message, and selfie, as Hornets boss.

Garcia appointed as Watford's new head coach

Watford Observer:

9:05am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The Watford Observer can confirm the Hornets have reached an agreement with Oscar Garcia for the Spaniard to become their new head coach and it will be announced later today.

Watford reluctantly allow Rosenthal to sign first pro deal with Belgian club

Watford Observer: Under-21s game to be played behind closed doors

11:22pm Monday 1st September 2014

Watford say they reluctantly allowed talented youngster Tom Rosenthal to join SV Zulte Waregem in a permanent deal so he could be near a close family member who is ill in Belgium.

Not the Juan this time around but Hornets secure deal for next summer

Watford Observer:

10:42pm Monday 1st September 2014

Watford were unable to secure a deal for Juanfran before tonight’s 11pm transfer window deadline but have reached an agreement to sign the player next summer.


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