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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.

'Sannino was a Jekyll and Hyde personality but I admired him'

Watford Observer:

6:28pm Monday 1st September 2014

Keith Andrews has described Beppe Sannino as a 'Jekyll and Hyde' type personality but was also keen to stress his admiration for the Italian.

Reasons why Sannino departed Watford

Watford Observer:

3:26pm Monday 1st September 2014

The resignation of Beppe Sannino will surprise many in English football, with Watford second in the Championship, but his departure had nothing to do with the club's results or player power.

Watford one of three clubs in talks with Garcia

Watford Observer:

9:48am Monday 1st September 2014

If Watford do decide they want to hire Oscar Garcia as Beppe Sannino's replacement, we have been told they will face competition from two other clubs for the Spaniard's services.

Watford bid for Juanfran

Watford Observer:

12:41am Monday 1st September 2014

The Hornets have submitted a £1.2m bid for Real Betis’ versatile player Juanfran, the Watford Observer understands.

Garcia one of three candidates to replace Sannino at Watford

Watford Observer: Picture: Action Images

11:01pm Sunday 31st August 2014

The Hornets are currently speaking to three different men about the vacant head coach position and one of those is ex-Brighton & Hove Albion manager Oscar Garcia, the Watford Observer understands.

Sannino: I resigned for the benefit of myself and Watford

Watford Observer: Beppe Sannino. Picture: Holly Cant

10:18pm Sunday 31st August 2014

Beppe Sannino stated he resigned as Watford’s head coach for the benefit of himself and the club and said “I feel I have gone as far as I can”.

Watford confirm Sannino has resigned

Watford Observer: Picture: Action Images

8:12pm Sunday 31st August 2014

Watford have confirmed Beppe Sannino has resigned as head coach and released a statement with comments from the Italian, which can be read here.

Sannino has resigned as Watford's head coach

Watford Observer: Picture: Dave Peters

7:49pm Sunday 31st August 2014

Beppe Sannino has resigned as the Hornets’ head coach, the Watford Observer understands.

Sannino has not asked Watford to clarify his future

Watford Observer:

9:18pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino says he has not asked the club to clarify if his future is in doubt because he believes “the results are speaking clearly”.

HALF-TIME: Deeney's excellent form continues as Watford lead

Watford Observer:

3:53pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Troy Deeney was at his devastating best during the first half against Huddersfield Town and his goal – his 12th in the last 12 home matches – means Watford currently lead 1-0 at half-time.

Deeney discusses his potential departure from Watford and new contract

Watford Observer:

11:30am Friday 29th August 2014

Troy Deeney's honesty is what continues to make him a superb interview and it would have been easy for the striker to toe the party line when asked about the events which led to him signing a new four-year contract at Watford this week. But he didn't.

Millwall among clubs chasing Ranegie's signature

Watford Observer: Ranegie says he'll leave if Deeney remains with Hornets

10:29am Thursday 28th August 2014

Mathias Ranegie looks set to leave Watford on loan, with several clubs, including Millwall, in talks with the striker.

Deeney targeting promotion after signing new Watford contract

Watford Observer: Hot shot: Troy Deeney was the equal third highest scorer in the Football League last season. Picture: Holly Cant

5:43pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Troy Deeney says he is fully focussed on securing promotion to the Premier League after signing a new four-year contract at Watford.

UPDATED: Watford close to agreeing new contract with Deeney

Watford Observer: If Deeney does leave, who could replace him?

11:13am Wednesday 27th August 2014

The Hornets are close to agreeing a new contract with their captain Troy Deeney, the Watford Observer understands.

Tamas latest to reignite international career at Watford

Watford Observer:

2:27pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Gabriel Tamas has become the latest player to reignite his international career whilst at Watford.

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