Watford expects several of their loanees to make the move permanent

Watford Observer: Picture: Holly Cant Picture: Holly Cant

Watford’s chief executive has stressed the high number of loan players who joined the club this season are not “mercenaries” and he expects several of them to make the move to Hertfordshire permanent.

The Hornets signed 16 players in the summer, 14 of which were on loan and 12 were from the Pozzo family’s other clubs Udinese and Granada.

But Chief executive Scott Duxbury stated: “These are not normal loan players, they are players who passionately chose to come to Watford and they want to play here long term. It is just a matter of practicality because we came in very late.

“Gino Pozzo has gone on record as saying that he wanted to give Gianfranco the biggest pool of players possible with the window closing.

“The players wanted to come here and if everything works out and we want them to stay then we will make the moves permanent.

“We have options on all of them and it was purely a technicality when the window was closing.

“The game against Charlton away showed the passion; these players want to be here and they are not mercenaries who will suddenly go back. They want to stay and they are Watford players.

“The squad should be smaller, around 25 or 26, and next season that will be the case. But all the players who want to stay, and we want to stay, will stay.”

Duxbury was speaking at last night’s fans’ forum at Vicarage Road and was on the top table alongside head coach Gianfranco Zola, captain John Eustace and technical director Gian Luca Nani.

Nani added that the club consider Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah to be their only loan player as he also reiterated they have options to buy the other 13 loanees.

Zola admitted training is very difficult with such a large squad and said it would be “the impossible job” if it wasn’t for the “wonderful bunch of players”.

The Italian said he was grateful to the work of Sean Dyche in relation to the squad’s attitude and added that he was pleased to see Dyche back in football at Burnley.

One of the issues raised last night was the independence of Watford and the influence that Udinese and Granada have over the running of the club. Duxbury stated the Hornets are completely independent of the Pozzo’s other teams and whilst Gino Pozzo is there to offer support and the Italian does receive regular updates, he does not interfere with the day-to-day running of the club.

Zola also indicated that Watford could end up becoming the Pozzos’ main priority, ahead of Udinese and Granada.

He said: “When I took this job, one of the first things I was told is that this club is going to become one of the top clubs for the Pozzos. At present the Pozzos own [Watford], Udinese, Granada and also another club I believe. They are planning to make Watford one of the top teams for them, if not the top.

“The reason being, the fan base over here is quite big and the importance of football in this country is huge.

“We have a lot of loan players at the moment but they are players that belong to Watford and if we believe they are good enough, then they are going to stay. If they are not good enough or they are not going to fulfil the expectation that we have, then they will go somewhere else.

“I am here not because, in all due respect, I want to spend my life in the Championship, which is a very high level. I am an ambitious manager and I want us to play at a higher level and at this club there are players who share my ambition.

“That is where we are heading to and the Pozzo family have no interest in Watford playing in the Championship for a long time.”

The fans’ forum had a good blend of serious answers and humour. The night started with a joke about the well-being of the panel, after Laurence Bassini’s no-show last year.

Zola’s poor memory was an on-going feature following his inability to remember John Eustace’s name, having to refer to him as “the skipper”.

Another funny moment was when a school teacher asked the panel what the club were going to do about the majority of his class supporting bigger clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. Zola turned the tables by stating that he should give those children more homework.

There will be more from the fans forum published on our website early next week.

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12:01pm Fri 2 Nov 12

WatfordTalk says...

Vydra, Forestieri, Abdi, Geijo and Pudil would do nicely.
Vydra, Forestieri, Abdi, Geijo and Pudil would do nicely. WatfordTalk

12:17pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Holly68 says...

WatfordTalk wrote:
Vydra, Forestieri, Abdi, Geijo and Pudil would do nicely.
All done deals !
[quote][p][bold]WatfordTalk[/bold] wrote: Vydra, Forestieri, Abdi, Geijo and Pudil would do nicely.[/p][/quote]All done deals ! Holly68

12:19pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Holly68 says...

For those that missed the forum or want to re-listen you can get it here (forward to approx 3 minutes in)

http://www.bbc.co.uk
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The Forum was excellent (albeit a couple of numpty questions). The panel answered very well, the FUTURE IS VERY BRIGHT AND SECURE
For those that missed the forum or want to re-listen you can get it here (forward to approx 3 minutes in) http://www.bbc.co.uk /mobile/iplayer/epis ode/p0103n2q/Three_C ounties_Sport_Watfor d_Fans_Forum The Forum was excellent (albeit a couple of numpty questions). The panel answered very well, the FUTURE IS VERY BRIGHT AND SECURE Holly68

1:39pm Fri 2 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Glad to hear a lot of positives!
I have said on previous posts that the Pozzo's will be great owners and I've also said that the best loan players will be signed permenantly!
This is a real project from really good owners!
This is also the first step to a brighter future and is something I'm really enjoying at the moment!
Come on you orns for tomorrow!
Glad to hear a lot of positives! I have said on previous posts that the Pozzo's will be great owners and I've also said that the best loan players will be signed permenantly! This is a real project from really good owners! This is also the first step to a brighter future and is something I'm really enjoying at the moment! Come on you orns for tomorrow! DuffmanWFC

1:55pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Listened on the radio. I thought the answers were but very well answered generally, and managed our expectations. Some of the questions I found baffling, to be honest, but were still answered respectfully. Zola seems like such a decent bloke - I wish him every success. Excellent news about the SW corner, movement of family area, and pay on the day turnstiles. These guys are hungry for success, but seem to have their feet firmly on the ground.
Listened on the radio. I thought the answers were but very well answered generally, and managed our expectations. Some of the questions I found baffling, to be honest, but were still answered respectfully. Zola seems like such a decent bloke - I wish him every success. Excellent news about the SW corner, movement of family area, and pay on the day turnstiles. These guys are hungry for success, but seem to have their feet firmly on the ground. Only 2 Ross Jenkins

2:57pm Fri 2 Nov 12

holtonian says...

We now have a club that will be going places. Quality owners, a manager that is totally committed and honest beyond redemption. All we have to do is give them a fair chance as they have done by coming to our club.They took a huge gamble on us.
Hopefully fans open there eyes and notice just how many clubs gain promotion to the premier only to get relegated after one season. You only have to look at the likes of Southampton and Reading, both are struggling along with QPR. To make the transition is huge and we are a long way from that status just now.
We certainly have aquired 3 or 4 players that could grace higher levels but you need 15 or so if this type at least.It is hard to compete with the hugely supported sides as we will have to on a financial basis, 15 thousand plus against 40 thousand gates. We need sell out gates of 22 thousand a the least to just to compete and that is a pure fact. Good players deserve good wages and unless we put bums on seats it would be unfair to drain the pozzos of even more cash. Tomorrow we face one of the leagues favourites so give our boys a chance with a bit of patience.
We now have a club that will be going places. Quality owners, a manager that is totally committed and honest beyond redemption. All we have to do is give them a fair chance as they have done by coming to our club.They took a huge gamble on us. Hopefully fans open there eyes and notice just how many clubs gain promotion to the premier only to get relegated after one season. You only have to look at the likes of Southampton and Reading, both are struggling along with QPR. To make the transition is huge and we are a long way from that status just now. We certainly have aquired 3 or 4 players that could grace higher levels but you need 15 or so if this type at least.It is hard to compete with the hugely supported sides as we will have to on a financial basis, 15 thousand plus against 40 thousand gates. We need sell out gates of 22 thousand a the least to just to compete and that is a pure fact. Good players deserve good wages and unless we put bums on seats it would be unfair to drain the pozzos of even more cash. Tomorrow we face one of the leagues favourites so give our boys a chance with a bit of patience. holtonian

3:02pm Fri 2 Nov 12

JoeWFC_12 says...

Think I will have another little listen to it again, if I can get off Football Manager at somepoint today! Exciting times ahead of us people...embrace & enjoy the ride!

The story about the one time Zola got angry in the West Ham dressing room involving the pen & fitness trainer had me in stiches.

I would also like to share a story from last week. After the match at Blackburn last week, we was able to get Zola's attention at the players entrance. My friend had yelled across that it was my 25th birthday and whether he would come over.

He happily came over wished me happy birthday and posed for photo's. Was extremely touched by this..guess this example says it all really in how much of a great guy Zola is! COYH
Think I will have another little listen to it again, if I can get off Football Manager at somepoint today! Exciting times ahead of us people...embrace & enjoy the ride! The story about the one time Zola got angry in the West Ham dressing room involving the pen & fitness trainer had me in stiches. I would also like to share a story from last week. After the match at Blackburn last week, we was able to get Zola's attention at the players entrance. My friend had yelled across that it was my 25th birthday and whether he would come over. He happily came over wished me happy birthday and posed for photo's. Was extremely touched by this..guess this example says it all really in how much of a great guy Zola is! COYH JoeWFC_12

3:06pm Fri 2 Nov 12

lutondown says...

JoeWFC_12 wrote:
Think I will have another little listen to it again, if I can get off Football Manager at somepoint today! Exciting times ahead of us people...embrace & enjoy the ride!

The story about the one time Zola got angry in the West Ham dressing room involving the pen & fitness trainer had me in stiches.

I would also like to share a story from last week. After the match at Blackburn last week, we was able to get Zola's attention at the players entrance. My friend had yelled across that it was my 25th birthday and whether he would come over.

He happily came over wished me happy birthday and posed for photo's. Was extremely touched by this..guess this example says it all really in how much of a great guy Zola is! COYH
You know Joe for one of the greatest players to have graced our shores (sir Alex's words) and one of the nicest modern days superstars he really is a gracious and humble guy. I want him to succeed as much for being such a man as anything else.
His gesture to you does not surprise me at all.
[quote][p][bold]JoeWFC_12[/bold] wrote: Think I will have another little listen to it again, if I can get off Football Manager at somepoint today! Exciting times ahead of us people...embrace & enjoy the ride! The story about the one time Zola got angry in the West Ham dressing room involving the pen & fitness trainer had me in stiches. I would also like to share a story from last week. After the match at Blackburn last week, we was able to get Zola's attention at the players entrance. My friend had yelled across that it was my 25th birthday and whether he would come over. He happily came over wished me happy birthday and posed for photo's. Was extremely touched by this..guess this example says it all really in how much of a great guy Zola is! COYH[/p][/quote]You know Joe for one of the greatest players to have graced our shores (sir Alex's words) and one of the nicest modern days superstars he really is a gracious and humble guy. I want him to succeed as much for being such a man as anything else. His gesture to you does not surprise me at all. lutondown

3:28pm Fri 2 Nov 12

JoeWFC_12 says...

lutondown - Made my day without doubt...from him to come over like he did as he had attention elsewhere...was a special touch. Shout out also goes out to Doyley, who was also welcoming and stepped away from the bus to pose for pictures & autographs.

We are part of something special here..its safe to say after the forum last night that there should no longer be doubts on the credibility of the owners!
lutondown - Made my day without doubt...from him to come over like he did as he had attention elsewhere...was a special touch. Shout out also goes out to Doyley, who was also welcoming and stepped away from the bus to pose for pictures & autographs. We are part of something special here..its safe to say after the forum last night that there should no longer be doubts on the credibility of the owners! JoeWFC_12

3:58pm Fri 2 Nov 12

jimbowfc says...

The future is bright the future is YELLOW!!!!
The future is bright the future is YELLOW!!!! jimbowfc

4:35pm Fri 2 Nov 12

apatters says...

What a great night last night. I thought the first question was particularly incisive!!

I came away with a warm glow. Every question was answered clearly and truthfully.

Highlights for me
1) the "why don't you acknowledge the crowd" question, and the totally honest follow up ..." what about after the game has finished"
2) The look in Gianluca's eye when he was reminded that every previous regime has promised an East Stand and not delivered. It suddenly went from a financial decision to an emotional one.

Great night, the future's bright, the future's yellow.
What a great night last night. I thought the first question was particularly incisive!! I came away with a warm glow. Every question was answered clearly and truthfully. Highlights for me 1) the "why don't you acknowledge the crowd" question, and the totally honest follow up ..." what about after the game has finished" 2) The look in Gianluca's eye when he was reminded that every previous regime has promised an East Stand and not delivered. It suddenly went from a financial decision to an emotional one. Great night, the future's bright, the future's yellow. apatters

4:48pm Fri 2 Nov 12

lutondown says...

apatters wrote:
What a great night last night. I thought the first question was particularly incisive!!

I came away with a warm glow. Every question was answered clearly and truthfully.

Highlights for me
1) the "why don't you acknowledge the crowd" question, and the totally honest follow up ..." what about after the game has finished"
2) The look in Gianluca's eye when he was reminded that every previous regime has promised an East Stand and not delivered. It suddenly went from a financial decision to an emotional one.

Great night, the future's bright, the future's yellow.
The first question incisive? I think that was mr Bushey Wails with his life history and how much he loves Sean.
I found it cringeworthy, along with Plumber, the wicked witch of the East and that little thing that needs to be clapped to sleep.
But yes it was a great forum. I do think Duxberry said they looked at our three sided ground and it was a sort of, yes there's a legacy we can build here.
If Zola got all dewy eyed over it all the better!
[quote][p][bold]apatters[/bold] wrote: What a great night last night. I thought the first question was particularly incisive!! I came away with a warm glow. Every question was answered clearly and truthfully. Highlights for me 1) the "why don't you acknowledge the crowd" question, and the totally honest follow up ..." what about after the game has finished" 2) The look in Gianluca's eye when he was reminded that every previous regime has promised an East Stand and not delivered. It suddenly went from a financial decision to an emotional one. Great night, the future's bright, the future's yellow.[/p][/quote]The first question incisive? I think that was mr Bushey Wails with his life history and how much he loves Sean. I found it cringeworthy, along with Plumber, the wicked witch of the East and that little thing that needs to be clapped to sleep. But yes it was a great forum. I do think Duxberry said they looked at our three sided ground and it was a sort of, yes there's a legacy we can build here. If Zola got all dewy eyed over it all the better! lutondown

6:00pm Fri 2 Nov 12

apatters says...

First question was me!! What's your biggest surprise etc. !!!!! Not that idiot who told everyone how important he was.
First question was me!! What's your biggest surprise etc. !!!!! Not that idiot who told everyone how important he was. apatters

8:16pm Fri 2 Nov 12

lutondown says...

apatters wrote:
First question was me!! What's your biggest surprise etc. !!!!! Not that idiot who told everyone how important he was.
Sorry mate, your right I meant Colonel Blimp. Your question was good but the real unsaid answer was 'the empty Safe!'
I do now remember you, sat to my left.
[quote][p][bold]apatters[/bold] wrote: First question was me!! What's your biggest surprise etc. !!!!! Not that idiot who told everyone how important he was.[/p][/quote]Sorry mate, your right I meant Colonel Blimp. Your question was good but the real unsaid answer was 'the empty Safe!' I do now remember you, sat to my left. lutondown

12:33am Sat 3 Nov 12

croxley46 says...

Didn't attend the Fans' Forum and wasn't able to listen to 3CR coverage of it.
Rather than listen to 3 hours of it on i-player could the Wat. Observer give a short precis on their website on items revealed by the panel such as the East Stand, S.W.corner and pay-on-the-day turnstiles, as one of the posters above touched on briefly but without any details.
No doubt full coverage of the FF will be in next Friday's paper but would appreciate some info before then please! Thanks.
Didn't attend the Fans' Forum and wasn't able to listen to 3CR coverage of it. Rather than listen to 3 hours of it on i-player could the Wat. Observer give a short precis on their website on items revealed by the panel such as the East Stand, S.W.corner and pay-on-the-day turnstiles, as one of the posters above touched on briefly but without any details. No doubt full coverage of the FF will be in next Friday's paper but would appreciate some info before then please! Thanks. croxley46

7:26am Sat 3 Nov 12

lutondown says...

croxley46 wrote:
Didn't attend the Fans' Forum and wasn't able to listen to 3CR coverage of it.
Rather than listen to 3 hours of it on i-player could the Wat. Observer give a short precis on their website on items revealed by the panel such as the East Stand, S.W.corner and pay-on-the-day turnstiles, as one of the posters above touched on briefly but without any details.
No doubt full coverage of the FF will be in next Friday's paper but would appreciate some info before then please! Thanks.
I can elaborate, though Holly 68 has given details on another thread.
SW corner, deal done or work to commence January and ready for next season.
East stand, aim is to get 15000 fans in the Vic then it will become a necessity to build.
They are looking at moving family end into the Lower Rous and an un allocated pay as you go are in the Vic Rd end next to away fans.
They are also looking at Saturday only season tickets or those that can't make night games.
There was no greater detail in reality. I hope this helps!
[quote][p][bold]croxley46[/bold] wrote: Didn't attend the Fans' Forum and wasn't able to listen to 3CR coverage of it. Rather than listen to 3 hours of it on i-player could the Wat. Observer give a short precis on their website on items revealed by the panel such as the East Stand, S.W.corner and pay-on-the-day turnstiles, as one of the posters above touched on briefly but without any details. No doubt full coverage of the FF will be in next Friday's paper but would appreciate some info before then please! Thanks.[/p][/quote]I can elaborate, though Holly 68 has given details on another thread. SW corner, deal done or work to commence January and ready for next season. East stand, aim is to get 15000 fans in the Vic then it will become a necessity to build. They are looking at moving family end into the Lower Rous and an un allocated pay as you go are in the Vic Rd end next to away fans. They are also looking at Saturday only season tickets or those that can't make night games. There was no greater detail in reality. I hope this helps! lutondown

11:06am Sat 3 Nov 12

croxley46 says...

Thanks lutondown!
Has the new pitch been paid for yet?! I trust the Pozzo's were aware of Bassini 's
initial "investment" in it (2p ?). I see Sarries are playing on it tomorrow before our Millwall fixture on Tues. eve. = 3 games in 4 days, be interesting to see how it stands up to it, but I believe Sarries have only got 4 more games on it before they move to Barnet in Feb......?
Thanks lutondown! Has the new pitch been paid for yet?! I trust the Pozzo's were aware of Bassini 's initial "investment" in it (2p ?). I see Sarries are playing on it tomorrow before our Millwall fixture on Tues. eve. = 3 games in 4 days, be interesting to see how it stands up to it, but I believe Sarries have only got 4 more games on it before they move to Barnet in Feb......? croxley46

11:50am Sat 3 Nov 12

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Basically, whatever situation big fat Baz left us in financially will be sorted by the new owners. SD didn;t go into detail on that, but said the accounts were due end of November, so I believe we will know more then. We still have the debt to pay off, however. Sarries will play just 5 games this season, then disappear for good.
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Also, to add to LD's post, the dugouts will be moved to the Rous Stand I believe. The health campus could have a fundamental affect on the stadium, ie the Rookery end becomes the front of the stadium, with proper parking facility potentially too.
Basically, whatever situation big fat Baz left us in financially will be sorted by the new owners. SD didn;t go into detail on that, but said the accounts were due end of November, so I believe we will know more then. We still have the debt to pay off, however. Sarries will play just 5 games this season, then disappear for good. - Also, to add to LD's post, the dugouts will be moved to the Rous Stand I believe. The health campus could have a fundamental affect on the stadium, ie the Rookery end becomes the front of the stadium, with proper parking facility potentially too. Only 2 Ross Jenkins

6:04pm Sat 3 Nov 12

lutondown says...

croxley46 wrote:
Thanks lutondown!
Has the new pitch been paid for yet?! I trust the Pozzo's were aware of Bassini 's
initial "investment" in it (2p ?). I see Sarries are playing on it tomorrow before our Millwall fixture on Tues. eve. = 3 games in 4 days, be interesting to see how it stands up to it, but I believe Sarries have only got 4 more games on it before they move to Barnet in Feb......?
They confirmed after Sarries 6 games are up they are out for good. Good!
[quote][p][bold]croxley46[/bold] wrote: Thanks lutondown! Has the new pitch been paid for yet?! I trust the Pozzo's were aware of Bassini 's initial "investment" in it (2p ?). I see Sarries are playing on it tomorrow before our Millwall fixture on Tues. eve. = 3 games in 4 days, be interesting to see how it stands up to it, but I believe Sarries have only got 4 more games on it before they move to Barnet in Feb......?[/p][/quote]They confirmed after Sarries 6 games are up they are out for good. Good! lutondown

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