Gino Pozzo interview part two: Watford owner stresses everything is geared towards long-term success

Picture: Holly Cant

Picture: Holly Cant

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When Gino Pozzo sat down with me recently, there was a real emphasis on the fact his family are at Watford for the long haul and that everything was geared towards the long-term success of their newly-acquired club.

Whether it was the Hornets’ finances, the recruitment of players or the appointment of Gianfranco Zola, Pozzo spoke of the importance of stability and how things will take time.

The Premier League is the target, of course it is. That is why they took over the club. But as many before them have found, throwing money at football rarely solves the problem or achieves the desired results.

“We would love to win every game but that doesn’t mean we will not give Gianfranco Zola time,” Pozzo stated during our interview at the Hornets’ London Colney training base, hours before he headed home to Barcelona.

The Italian family have owned Udinese since 1986, Granada for the last three years, and they have transformed both clubs. Pozzo believes their track record in football shows they provide managers, or head coach in this instance, with stability and is confident Zola fits their philosophy “perfectly”.

Pozzo said: “The thing with football, and I have seen it over and over again in my 25 years in football, a new owner comes in and will tell you his vision about stability and all the good things they are going to do. In our case, you can look at our history and have a good feeling about how we approach football in terms of development, long-term commitment and stability.

“We have always created stability around the manager which is not always the case in Italy and Spain. You tend to have great changes in the management. Whereas in Italy, you look at Udinese and it is a stable club and we have maintained stability. Most of the times where we have changed manager it is because the manager has left the club.

“We take our time to choose the manager we think fits into our philosophy and Zola fits perfectly. So regardless of the short-term results, I think he will do an excellent job for us and we are looking forward to him being with us for a long time because it is a good match for him and it is a good match for us. That is what brings us together.

“We thought a lot about this before signing him and that is why we are convinced that it is the right match to maximise the kind of project we have with foreign players coming in and young players being able to develop alongside experienced players.

“He has very good knowledge of English football and he has a good understanding of what it means for a foreign player coming to this country and the difficulties they will face. And he is committed to the development of young players. So it is the perfect mix and that is why we think he will succeed and that is why we are looking long term.

“All these elements make it not so dependant on the short-term results. We will eventually look at being successful on the pitch and all this is part of Zola and his knowledge and the way he approaches football.”

During the summer transfer window, and afterwards, Zola indicated he would have prefered if Watford had not signed so many players. He has often referred to his 42-man squad being too large and the club have been working hard to send players out on loan.

The Hornets chief executive Scott Duxbury claimed Pozzo was keen to provide Zola with the best group of players possible and the delay in the takeover completion was a major factor in the extraordinary number of arrivals.

Watford have relied heavily on a ‘head of recruitment’ type figure for several years, with the manager ultimately making the final decision. The Hornets are now even closer to the European model when it comes to buying, or loaning, players but Pozzo stated “in general the policy is that the manager is involved in all the signings”.

He said: “I think both systems [traditional European recruitment and British] have their pros and cons and we hope to bring those two aspects together. If you are looking at the long term, especially in a smaller club, you want to retain as much knowledge on how to recruit a player as possible. If you only give that to a manager, then once the manager leaves he leaves with all that knowledge. It is not the club’s knowledge.

“So we would really like to have a stable structure which means you need to be involved directly in the process for looking for the best players. That does not mean the manager can not participate in that process, but it should be run by people who work within the organisation.

“In order for the long-term commitment of this project, we need people to be involved in the long term and whilst it is easy to retain a manager if you are Manchester United, in a smaller club the manager will eventually get a better offer and he will leave. At that point you do not want to lose all your knowledge just because one guy has left the club.

“That is why we have used this mixed approach in Udinese, in order to be able to retain the best knowledge internally. So while the manager has been changing over and over again, the overall style in signing players and developing players has been consistent. And this is why we have chosen a club the size of Watford because the idea could work here.”

The Hornets have recently signed a 14-year-old boy from Australia who has attracted interest from all the leading clubs in Europe since he was a young boy and has spent the last few years at AC Milan’s Academy in Australia.

Pozzo explains the relevant clubs’ head coaches do not have a huge say in which youngsters the club sign because of the likelihood of that person leaving in the future.

He said: “When you are looking at the very young players, those are the decisions that are normally made by the scouting staff because it is a different vision and you are considering things two years down the line. So it would be unfair for the coach to make a choice that he might not be able to support.

“In order to give the best support to the young players, we always appreciate the managers’ ideas and visions on that. But it has to be our commitment to grow the young players because the time for development could be longer than the time the coach stays with the individual club, especially when it comes to Italy. It is not the tradition for the manager to stay at the club as long as in England.

“When you are looking at the first-team squad, you are probably asking a lot more questions and the manager is much more involved. When you are talking about the youth development programme or young players you are buying, you would definitely ask for their opinion but you are more directly committed to the signing.”

There have been misconceptions in the national media when it comes to the way Watford operate under the Pozzos and in particular how many still believe the 14 loanees are all set to return to their parent clubs at the end of this season.

The Watford Observer revealed last week how the Hornets are likely to sign Daniel Pudil, Almen Abdi, Fernando Forestieri and Matej Vydra on permanent contracts in January.

But what would happen if Udinese supremo Gianpaolo Pozzo or the Italian club’s head coach Francesco Guidolin wanted one of the Watford loanees to return to Italy, such as Forestieri or Vydra?

Reassuringly, Gino Pozzo replied: “If you look at Granada, the players that performed the best, at the highest level, remained in Granada. Why? Because once the player has found the right environment to develop, the best move is to keep him there.

“We are expecting the players we have sent here to exceed expectations. We really believe they have the potential to become top players at Watford.

Watford Observer: Fernando Forestieri. Picture: Holly Cant

“If someone comes back then it is because the situation is such that we all understand the best move for him is to go back. But, for example, if Fernando Forestieri is doing extremely well at Watford, we do not see why we should bring him back. We have all the resources and we have all the players [Udinese need] and we prefer to start a new project instead of trying to jeopardise that project by sending him back [to Italy].

“It would be a danger to bring the player back and it would be the wrong move if he is doing so well here.

“If he is doing well, it means he has found the right environment to fully develop and we should stick to that and support that decision.”

Watford’s lack of funds means they have relied heavily on the support of Udinese, and to a lesser extent Granada, in the transfer market so far and that is likely to continue, in the short term at least.

But it would be incorrect to suggest Udinese will always sign the best players from the Pozzos’ world-renowned scouting network and then leave Watford with the rest – particularly in the future when Watford are better off financially.

When asked if Watford will be signing players from Udinese’s scouting network, Pozzo replied: “Why not? It is a matter of the resources available and Udinese, as a Serie A club, have a lot more available so it’s easier for them to invest.

“But that does not mean that at a certain point in the player’s development they could also be bought by Udinese and go on loan to Granada or Watford. That does not mean that Watford are not able to sign their own players. They have done so this year already (Manuel Almunia and Fitz Hall).

“As their [Watford’s] financial situation becomes more stable, we will be able to make greater investments. The starting point financially requires a very sound policy in terms of the investment we are able to make. We are in the Championship, we have a limited budget and we like to maintain a financial vision of not over spending, and that means that the resources available to Watford are limited.”

He continued: “For example, Granada in their first year were using most of our loans and now they are buying their own players and have lent some of them to Udinese. So it has gone the other way around.

“You have to make the project grow. So probably, a couple of years down the road, if everything goes well, you can expect Watford to buy players and maybe even loan them to Udinese. It can be the other way around.”

Watford have had owners in the past who have failed to fulfil their promises and provided false hope. So time will ultimately tell but with more than 25 years experience in football, one suspects our trust is better placed with the Pozzos and the future seems bright.

Read part one of our interview with Gino Pozzo here.

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10:10am Thu 22 Nov 12

Alex Hilcroft says...

An interesting piece. But, more importantly, does anyone know where I can buy a Udinese shirt? Any advice - shops or websites - gratefully received
An interesting piece. But, more importantly, does anyone know where I can buy a Udinese shirt? Any advice - shops or websites - gratefully received Alex Hilcroft
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10:23am Thu 22 Nov 12

Bringe says...

Alex Hilcroft wrote:
An interesting piece. But, more importantly, does anyone know where I can buy a Udinese shirt? Any advice - shops or websites - gratefully received
I imagine Udinese's site might be a good start .... in fact probably the best choice because you will know it's genuine.
Alternatively badger the WFC shop to make them available, they will if there are enough enquiries.
[quote][p][bold]Alex Hilcroft[/bold] wrote: An interesting piece. But, more importantly, does anyone know where I can buy a Udinese shirt? Any advice - shops or websites - gratefully received[/p][/quote]I imagine Udinese's site might be a good start .... in fact probably the best choice because you will know it's genuine. Alternatively badger the WFC shop to make them available, they will if there are enough enquiries. Bringe
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10:32am Thu 22 Nov 12

Bush Hornet says...

So in conclusion: Zola is def better off sticking with the 'orns than being seduced by that Russian chimp at Chelsea in a few months' time when he sacks Benitez and fails to attract Guardiola
So in conclusion: Zola is def better off sticking with the 'orns than being seduced by that Russian chimp at Chelsea in a few months' time when he sacks Benitez and fails to attract Guardiola Bush Hornet
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10:33am Thu 22 Nov 12

Bringe says...

On the subject - a split Hornets, Zebras, Graná's shirt would be a thing of beauty ... get the sewing kit out :)
On the subject - a split Hornets, Zebras, Graná's shirt would be a thing of beauty ... get the sewing kit out :) Bringe
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10:41am Thu 22 Nov 12

Alex Hilcroft says...

Bringe wrote:
Alex Hilcroft wrote:
An interesting piece. But, more importantly, does anyone know where I can buy a Udinese shirt? Any advice - shops or websites - gratefully received
I imagine Udinese's site might be a good start .... in fact probably the best choice because you will know it's genuine.
Alternatively badger the WFC shop to make them available, they will if there are enough enquiries.
Thanks
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alex Hilcroft[/bold] wrote: An interesting piece. But, more importantly, does anyone know where I can buy a Udinese shirt? Any advice - shops or websites - gratefully received[/p][/quote]I imagine Udinese's site might be a good start .... in fact probably the best choice because you will know it's genuine. Alternatively badger the WFC shop to make them available, they will if there are enough enquiries.[/p][/quote]Thanks Alex Hilcroft
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10:44am Thu 22 Nov 12

Bringe says...

Chelsea will soon find themselves as a club that no manager worth his salt will ever want to be involved with.

Mind you if he's successful with us I can definitely see Zola earmarked by them for the future even without CL experience.
Chelsea will soon find themselves as a club that no manager worth his salt will ever want to be involved with. Mind you if he's successful with us I can definitely see Zola earmarked by them for the future even without CL experience. Bringe
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10:53am Thu 22 Nov 12

Bush Hornet says...

Bringe wrote:
Chelsea will soon find themselves as a club that no manager worth his salt will ever want to be involved with.

Mind you if he's successful with us I can definitely see Zola earmarked by them for the future even without CL experience.
Abramovic will always attract someone because of the money. Benitez will be able to retire after he's fired in a few months. Anyway for now Zola is ours and he's loving having one of the best jobs in football. And we love him and put his Chelsea past out of mind
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: Chelsea will soon find themselves as a club that no manager worth his salt will ever want to be involved with. Mind you if he's successful with us I can definitely see Zola earmarked by them for the future even without CL experience.[/p][/quote]Abramovic will always attract someone because of the money. Benitez will be able to retire after he's fired in a few months. Anyway for now Zola is ours and he's loving having one of the best jobs in football. And we love him and put his Chelsea past out of mind Bush Hornet
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11:22am Thu 22 Nov 12

aefevans says...

I counted the word 'project' five times.
I counted the word 'project' five times. aefevans
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11:35am Thu 22 Nov 12

Travelling Hornet says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
Bringe wrote:
Chelsea will soon find themselves as a club that no manager worth his salt will ever want to be involved with.

Mind you if he's successful with us I can definitely see Zola earmarked by them for the future even without CL experience.
Abramovic will always attract someone because of the money. Benitez will be able to retire after he's fired in a few months. Anyway for now Zola is ours and he's loving having one of the best jobs in football. And we love him and put his Chelsea past out of mind
He may be earmarked by Chelsea in the future, but for now GZ has a job to do here, and as a man of integrity he will see it through , however far that is !
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: Chelsea will soon find themselves as a club that no manager worth his salt will ever want to be involved with. Mind you if he's successful with us I can definitely see Zola earmarked by them for the future even without CL experience.[/p][/quote]Abramovic will always attract someone because of the money. Benitez will be able to retire after he's fired in a few months. Anyway for now Zola is ours and he's loving having one of the best jobs in football. And we love him and put his Chelsea past out of mind[/p][/quote]He may be earmarked by Chelsea in the future, but for now GZ has a job to do here, and as a man of integrity he will see it through , however far that is ! Travelling Hornet
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12:35pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Bringe says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
Bringe wrote:
Chelsea will soon find themselves as a club that no manager worth his salt will ever want to be involved with.

Mind you if he's successful with us I can definitely see Zola earmarked by them for the future even without CL experience.
Abramovic will always attract someone because of the money. Benitez will be able to retire after he's fired in a few months. Anyway for now Zola is ours and he's loving having one of the best jobs in football. And we love him and put his Chelsea past out of mind
He may be earmarked by Chelsea in the future, but for now GZ has a job to do here, and as a man of integrity he will see it through , however far that is !
Lol, I think the earliest would be after we stuff le bleu's at the bridge next season, so don't panic .... not yet!
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: Chelsea will soon find themselves as a club that no manager worth his salt will ever want to be involved with. Mind you if he's successful with us I can definitely see Zola earmarked by them for the future even without CL experience.[/p][/quote]Abramovic will always attract someone because of the money. Benitez will be able to retire after he's fired in a few months. Anyway for now Zola is ours and he's loving having one of the best jobs in football. And we love him and put his Chelsea past out of mind[/p][/quote]He may be earmarked by Chelsea in the future, but for now GZ has a job to do here, and as a man of integrity he will see it through , however far that is ![/p][/quote]Lol, I think the earliest would be after we stuff le bleu's at the bridge next season, so don't panic .... not yet! Bringe
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1:18pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Hampshire hornet says...

Every day I feel prouder to be following the club I have done so for 30 years plus... This is what dreams are made of..

Thank You Mr Pozzo.....
Every day I feel prouder to be following the club I have done so for 30 years plus... This is what dreams are made of.. Thank You Mr Pozzo..... Hampshire hornet
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2:08pm Thu 22 Nov 12

jasonwatford says...

It feels great knowing you have this backing don't you all think ? We have very good players here who will stay if we and they want too and we will get better and better...only down side is 6 homegrown in squad matchday !!! Murray..Smith...Hogg
...Eustace....Deeney
...Doyley....Anya...
..Yeats errrrrr coz i have too...McGinn will always be in the squad !
It feels great knowing you have this backing don't you all think ? We have very good players here who will stay if we and they want too and we will get better and better...only down side is 6 homegrown in squad matchday !!! Murray..Smith...Hogg ...Eustace....Deeney ...Doyley....Anya... ..Yeats errrrrr coz i have too...McGinn will always be in the squad ! jasonwatford
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2:17pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Colin West's mullet says...

aefevans wrote:
I counted the word 'project' five times.
What's the problem with that? Better a proven football businessman who takes a pragmatic, project-based approach to achieving success than a numbskull fan with a few million who gets starstruck and blows the lot.

In these days of small clubs walking a financial tightrope, I for one am relieved and delighted to hear the word 'project' rather than 'boyhood dream'.

I'm not sure some fans realise that with owners who have a proven track record, a sound approach to the commercial and operational running of our club yet still intend for us to become a permanent member of the PL, we have the best possible set-up imaginable, and we should count our blessings every day. We are at the dawn of the second WFC Golden Age, and I think that means if you can't welcome a little 'management-speak' then you can at least forgive it.
[quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]What's the problem with that? Better a proven football businessman who takes a pragmatic, project-based approach to achieving success than a numbskull fan with a few million who gets starstruck and blows the lot. In these days of small clubs walking a financial tightrope, I for one am relieved and delighted to hear the word 'project' rather than 'boyhood dream'. I'm not sure some fans realise that with owners who have a proven track record, a sound approach to the commercial and operational running of our club yet still intend for us to become a permanent member of the PL, we have the best possible set-up imaginable, and we should count our blessings every day. We are at the dawn of the second WFC Golden Age, and I think that means if you can't welcome a little 'management-speak' then you can at least forgive it. Colin West's mullet
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2:24pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Alex Hilcroft says...

Colin West's mullet wrote:
aefevans wrote:
I counted the word 'project' five times.
What's the problem with that? Better a proven football businessman who takes a pragmatic, project-based approach to achieving success than a numbskull fan with a few million who gets starstruck and blows the lot.

In these days of small clubs walking a financial tightrope, I for one am relieved and delighted to hear the word 'project' rather than 'boyhood dream'.

I'm not sure some fans realise that with owners who have a proven track record, a sound approach to the commercial and operational running of our club yet still intend for us to become a permanent member of the PL, we have the best possible set-up imaginable, and we should count our blessings every day. We are at the dawn of the second WFC Golden Age, and I think that means if you can't welcome a little 'management-speak' then you can at least forgive it.
Hear hear. What a contrast Gino's words make to the burblings of the catalogue of bunglers and chancers that have held sway at the Vic since Elton sold up
[quote][p][bold]Colin West's mullet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]What's the problem with that? Better a proven football businessman who takes a pragmatic, project-based approach to achieving success than a numbskull fan with a few million who gets starstruck and blows the lot. In these days of small clubs walking a financial tightrope, I for one am relieved and delighted to hear the word 'project' rather than 'boyhood dream'. I'm not sure some fans realise that with owners who have a proven track record, a sound approach to the commercial and operational running of our club yet still intend for us to become a permanent member of the PL, we have the best possible set-up imaginable, and we should count our blessings every day. We are at the dawn of the second WFC Golden Age, and I think that means if you can't welcome a little 'management-speak' then you can at least forgive it.[/p][/quote]Hear hear. What a contrast Gino's words make to the burblings of the catalogue of bunglers and chancers that have held sway at the Vic since Elton sold up Alex Hilcroft
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2:46pm Thu 22 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Pozzo has the potential to be our greatest ever owner! I could never of dreamed six months ago that our club would be what it is today!
Pozzo has the potential to be our greatest ever owner! I could never of dreamed six months ago that our club would be what it is today! DuffmanWFC
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3:11pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Oracledave says...

Colin West's mullet wrote:
aefevans wrote:
I counted the word 'project' five times.
What's the problem with that? Better a proven football businessman who takes a pragmatic, project-based approach to achieving success than a numbskull fan with a few million who gets starstruck and blows the lot.

In these days of small clubs walking a financial tightrope, I for one am relieved and delighted to hear the word 'project' rather than 'boyhood dream'.

I'm not sure some fans realise that with owners who have a proven track record, a sound approach to the commercial and operational running of our club yet still intend for us to become a permanent member of the PL, we have the best possible set-up imaginable, and we should count our blessings every day. We are at the dawn of the second WFC Golden Age, and I think that means if you can't welcome a little 'management-speak' then you can at least forgive it.
Also of course even if you apply maximum cynicism, there is a massive financial incentive to get WFC promoted. The article mentions Udinese's greater resources but they will look like loose change to any team that gets established in the Prem. Most of you will have read about the enormous new deal struck to show prem games across SE Asia - the gravy train gets bigger and bigger ! The impending 'fair play' finance rules will probably have some impact but difficult to assess that yet.
[quote][p][bold]Colin West's mullet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]What's the problem with that? Better a proven football businessman who takes a pragmatic, project-based approach to achieving success than a numbskull fan with a few million who gets starstruck and blows the lot. In these days of small clubs walking a financial tightrope, I for one am relieved and delighted to hear the word 'project' rather than 'boyhood dream'. I'm not sure some fans realise that with owners who have a proven track record, a sound approach to the commercial and operational running of our club yet still intend for us to become a permanent member of the PL, we have the best possible set-up imaginable, and we should count our blessings every day. We are at the dawn of the second WFC Golden Age, and I think that means if you can't welcome a little 'management-speak' then you can at least forgive it.[/p][/quote]Also of course even if you apply maximum cynicism, there is a massive financial incentive to get WFC promoted. The article mentions Udinese's greater resources but they will look like loose change to any team that gets established in the Prem. Most of you will have read about the enormous new deal struck to show prem games across SE Asia - the gravy train gets bigger and bigger ! The impending 'fair play' finance rules will probably have some impact but difficult to assess that yet. Oracledave
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3:40pm Thu 22 Nov 12

buck-stops says...

Oracledave wrote:
Colin West's mullet wrote:
aefevans wrote:
I counted the word 'project' five times.
What's the problem with that? Better a proven football businessman who takes a pragmatic, project-based approach to achieving success than a numbskull fan with a few million who gets starstruck and blows the lot.

In these days of small clubs walking a financial tightrope, I for one am relieved and delighted to hear the word 'project' rather than 'boyhood dream'.

I'm not sure some fans realise that with owners who have a proven track record, a sound approach to the commercial and operational running of our club yet still intend for us to become a permanent member of the PL, we have the best possible set-up imaginable, and we should count our blessings every day. We are at the dawn of the second WFC Golden Age, and I think that means if you can't welcome a little 'management-speak' then you can at least forgive it.
Also of course even if you apply maximum cynicism, there is a massive financial incentive to get WFC promoted. The article mentions Udinese's greater resources but they will look like loose change to any team that gets established in the Prem. Most of you will have read about the enormous new deal struck to show prem games across SE Asia - the gravy train gets bigger and bigger ! The impending 'fair play' finance rules will probably have some impact but difficult to assess that yet.
Last time I looked, I didn't know of any club owners who ran a club as a charity. Of course pozzo's need to make money. can't just be for love...
[quote][p][bold]Oracledave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colin West's mullet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]What's the problem with that? Better a proven football businessman who takes a pragmatic, project-based approach to achieving success than a numbskull fan with a few million who gets starstruck and blows the lot. In these days of small clubs walking a financial tightrope, I for one am relieved and delighted to hear the word 'project' rather than 'boyhood dream'. I'm not sure some fans realise that with owners who have a proven track record, a sound approach to the commercial and operational running of our club yet still intend for us to become a permanent member of the PL, we have the best possible set-up imaginable, and we should count our blessings every day. We are at the dawn of the second WFC Golden Age, and I think that means if you can't welcome a little 'management-speak' then you can at least forgive it.[/p][/quote]Also of course even if you apply maximum cynicism, there is a massive financial incentive to get WFC promoted. The article mentions Udinese's greater resources but they will look like loose change to any team that gets established in the Prem. Most of you will have read about the enormous new deal struck to show prem games across SE Asia - the gravy train gets bigger and bigger ! The impending 'fair play' finance rules will probably have some impact but difficult to assess that yet.[/p][/quote]Last time I looked, I didn't know of any club owners who ran a club as a charity. Of course pozzo's need to make money. can't just be for love... buck-stops
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3:50pm Thu 22 Nov 12

mooneysmagic says...

jasonwatford wrote:
It feels great knowing you have this backing don't you all think ? We have very good players here who will stay if we and they want too and we will get better and better...only down side is 6 homegrown in squad matchday !!! Murray..Smith...Hogg

...Eustace....Deeney

...Doyley....Anya...

..Yeats errrrrr coz i have too...McGinn will always be in the squad !
Why doesn't Hoban count as a home grown player?
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: It feels great knowing you have this backing don't you all think ? We have very good players here who will stay if we and they want too and we will get better and better...only down side is 6 homegrown in squad matchday !!! Murray..Smith...Hogg ...Eustace....Deeney ...Doyley....Anya... ..Yeats errrrrr coz i have too...McGinn will always be in the squad ![/p][/quote]Why doesn't Hoban count as a home grown player? mooneysmagic
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4:13pm Thu 22 Nov 12

aefevans says...

Colin West's mullet wrote:
aefevans wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.
What's the problem with that? Better a proven football businessman who takes a pragmatic, project-based approach to achieving success than a numbskull fan with a few million who gets starstruck and blows the lot. In these days of small clubs walking a financial tightrope, I for one am relieved and delighted to hear the word 'project' rather than 'boyhood dream'. I'm not sure some fans realise that with owners who have a proven track record, a sound approach to the commercial and operational running of our club yet still intend for us to become a permanent member of the PL, we have the best possible set-up imaginable, and we should count our blessings every day. We are at the dawn of the second WFC Golden Age, and I think that means if you can't welcome a little 'management-speak' then you can at least forgive it.
Oh, there wasn't a problem. I was just making a tongue-in-cheek reference to the chap who said at the Fans' Forum that he didn't like the term 'project'.
[quote][p][bold]Colin West's mullet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]What's the problem with that? Better a proven football businessman who takes a pragmatic, project-based approach to achieving success than a numbskull fan with a few million who gets starstruck and blows the lot. In these days of small clubs walking a financial tightrope, I for one am relieved and delighted to hear the word 'project' rather than 'boyhood dream'. I'm not sure some fans realise that with owners who have a proven track record, a sound approach to the commercial and operational running of our club yet still intend for us to become a permanent member of the PL, we have the best possible set-up imaginable, and we should count our blessings every day. We are at the dawn of the second WFC Golden Age, and I think that means if you can't welcome a little 'management-speak' then you can at least forgive it.[/p][/quote]Oh, there wasn't a problem. I was just making a tongue-in-cheek reference to the chap who said at the Fans' Forum that he didn't like the term 'project'. aefevans
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4:39pm Thu 22 Nov 12

mattymashup says...

Udinese shirt is 50 quid! Keep asking my Italian colleagues to get me a fake one but shops in Italy ain't the same as over here, really u have to go to udine to get a real or fake one for the right money. I too wanna get a udinese shirt and stich it up with one of my old Watford shirts. It would make a wicked hybrid just like our team!
I have never been more happy to be a Watford fan, the players we have signed, the owners in charge, and the fans starting to really band together (remember the negative posts when the pozzos first took over) is truly a thing of beauty!
If this club were a woman it would be one I would have an affair with and later marry, cos baby this club is beautiful plus a keeper! The horns are going up cha cha!
Udinese shirt is 50 quid! Keep asking my Italian colleagues to get me a fake one but shops in Italy ain't the same as over here, really u have to go to udine to get a real or fake one for the right money. I too wanna get a udinese shirt and stich it up with one of my old Watford shirts. It would make a wicked hybrid just like our team! I have never been more happy to be a Watford fan, the players we have signed, the owners in charge, and the fans starting to really band together (remember the negative posts when the pozzos first took over) is truly a thing of beauty! If this club were a woman it would be one I would have an affair with and later marry, cos baby this club is beautiful plus a keeper! The horns are going up cha cha! mattymashup
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4:46pm Thu 22 Nov 12

jasonwatford says...

Yes of course Hoban !!!!!
Yes of course Hoban !!!!! jasonwatford
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5:33pm Thu 22 Nov 12

buckler says...

mattymashup wrote:
Udinese shirt is 50 quid! Keep asking my Italian colleagues to get me a fake one but shops in Italy ain't the same as over here, really u have to go to udine to get a real or fake one for the right money. I too wanna get a udinese shirt and stich it up with one of my old Watford shirts. It would make a wicked hybrid just like our team!
I have never been more happy to be a Watford fan, the players we have signed, the owners in charge, and the fans starting to really band together (remember the negative posts when the pozzos first took over) is truly a thing of beauty!
If this club were a woman it would be one I would have an affair with and later marry, cos baby this club is beautiful plus a keeper! The horns are going up cha cha!
What a dim low! Bet you stamp your feet at games and bring a flask of hot choc choc!
[quote][p][bold]mattymashup[/bold] wrote: Udinese shirt is 50 quid! Keep asking my Italian colleagues to get me a fake one but shops in Italy ain't the same as over here, really u have to go to udine to get a real or fake one for the right money. I too wanna get a udinese shirt and stich it up with one of my old Watford shirts. It would make a wicked hybrid just like our team! I have never been more happy to be a Watford fan, the players we have signed, the owners in charge, and the fans starting to really band together (remember the negative posts when the pozzos first took over) is truly a thing of beauty! If this club were a woman it would be one I would have an affair with and later marry, cos baby this club is beautiful plus a keeper! The horns are going up cha cha![/p][/quote]What a dim low! Bet you stamp your feet at games and bring a flask of hot choc choc! buckler
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5:51pm Thu 22 Nov 12

WessexLad says...

What a sensible and well balanced interview, asking and addressing all the points that rightly concerned Hornet's supporters. Not any more!

As Zola himself says, we are ahead of the plan, and the more game time that the core players have together the better it will get. By the end of the season we shall be unstoppable.

So I have a new concern: that we may win promotion this year, and not yet be ready for the step up. That said, I could live with a couple of roller coaster seasons before we establish ourselves as a Premiership club in every respect. COYH!
What a sensible and well balanced interview, asking and addressing all the points that rightly concerned Hornet's supporters. Not any more! As Zola himself says, we are ahead of the plan, and the more game time that the core players have together the better it will get. By the end of the season we shall be unstoppable. So I have a new concern: that we may win promotion this year, and not yet be ready for the step up. That said, I could live with a couple of roller coaster seasons before we establish ourselves as a Premiership club in every respect. COYH! WessexLad
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6:12pm Thu 22 Nov 12

mattymashup says...

Screw it if we get promoted, we get more better players. If we then go down we still have the better players and yo yo back up again! Will be good for the money, the stadium and of course the media attention. Didn't seem to bother west brom much lol and I don't bring my choc choc or stamp my feet, I go **** mental at the back of the rookery with the other die hard fans! Uuuuuuuoooooorrrrnnn
nssss
Gianfranco oh oh oh
Gianfranco oh oh oh
He's only five foot three
He comes from Italy
Gianfranco oh oh oh

Lmao quality chant!
Screw it if we get promoted, we get more better players. If we then go down we still have the better players and yo yo back up again! Will be good for the money, the stadium and of course the media attention. Didn't seem to bother west brom much lol and I don't bring my choc choc or stamp my feet, I go **** mental at the back of the rookery with the other die hard fans! Uuuuuuuoooooorrrrnnn nssss Gianfranco oh oh oh Gianfranco oh oh oh He's only five foot three He comes from Italy Gianfranco oh oh oh Lmao quality chant! mattymashup
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8:20pm Thu 22 Nov 12

SAHornet says...

aefevans wrote:
I counted the word 'project' five times.
....and your point is....?
[quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]....and your point is....? SAHornet
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9:48pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Hampshire hornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
aefevans wrote:
I counted the word 'project' five times.
....and your point is....?
Irony I think SAH.... I got it...
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]....and your point is....?[/p][/quote]Irony I think SAH.... I got it... Hampshire hornet
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10:14pm Thu 22 Nov 12

lockerbiehornet says...

Bringe wrote:
Alex Hilcroft wrote:
An interesting piece. But, more importantly, does anyone know where I can buy a Udinese shirt? Any advice - shops or websites - gratefully received
I imagine Udinese's site might be a good start .... in fact probably the best choice because you will know it's genuine.
Alternatively badger the WFC shop to make them available, they will if there are enough enquiries.
http://www.ebay.co.u
k/sch/i.html?_trksid
=p5197.m570.l1313&_n
kw=UDINESE+HOME+SHIR
T&_sacat=0&_from=R40


#sad
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alex Hilcroft[/bold] wrote: An interesting piece. But, more importantly, does anyone know where I can buy a Udinese shirt? Any advice - shops or websites - gratefully received[/p][/quote]I imagine Udinese's site might be a good start .... in fact probably the best choice because you will know it's genuine. Alternatively badger the WFC shop to make them available, they will if there are enough enquiries.[/p][/quote]http://www.ebay.co.u k/sch/i.html?_trksid =p5197.m570.l1313&_n kw=UDINESE+HOME+SHIR T&_sacat=0&_from=R40 #sad lockerbiehornet
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4:01am Fri 23 Nov 12

PhilippineOrn says...

So now we find ourselves in the somewhat peculiar position of hoping Udinese knock Liverpool out the Europa League this December?
So now we find ourselves in the somewhat peculiar position of hoping Udinese knock Liverpool out the Europa League this December? PhilippineOrn
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7:07am Fri 23 Nov 12

Bringe says...

PhilippineOrn wrote:
So now we find ourselves in the somewhat peculiar position of hoping Udinese knock Liverpool out the Europa League this December?
Come on u Zebraaaaaaaaaaas!!!!
[quote][p][bold]PhilippineOrn[/bold] wrote: So now we find ourselves in the somewhat peculiar position of hoping Udinese knock Liverpool out the Europa League this December?[/p][/quote]Come on u Zebraaaaaaaaaaas!!!! Bringe
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1:48pm Fri 23 Nov 12

worthing_hornet says...

I read all the comments about the lack of home grown players in the squad currently and I don't necessarily disagree. I think the owners are also understanding of this ( hopefully ) as in a few years time when we get promotion. We will come under much more telling scrutiny than sarton manuals in the mirror about our loans policy. Let's get the club stable and get some much needed money in the coffers. Look at the prem teams. Which of them has more than 5 homegrown players in the starting lineup? We need to start aiming higher than little family club Watford. 2020 champ league final Watford v Udinese - why not aim high.
I read all the comments about the lack of home grown players in the squad currently and I don't necessarily disagree. I think the owners are also understanding of this ( hopefully ) as in a few years time when we get promotion. We will come under much more telling scrutiny than sarton manuals in the mirror about our loans policy. Let's get the club stable and get some much needed money in the coffers. Look at the prem teams. Which of them has more than 5 homegrown players in the starting lineup? We need to start aiming higher than little family club Watford. 2020 champ league final Watford v Udinese - why not aim high. worthing_hornet
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5:56pm Fri 23 Nov 12

SAHornet says...

Hampshire hornet wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
aefevans wrote:
I counted the word 'project' five times.
....and your point is....?
Irony I think SAH.... I got it...
I'm from SA, Hants and I regret that I didn't.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]....and your point is....?[/p][/quote]Irony I think SAH.... I got it...[/p][/quote]I'm from SA, Hants and I regret that I didn't. SAHornet
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6:21pm Fri 23 Nov 12

paultheshrink says...

I'm loving it!!!
I was in north east Italy this summer & looking for a Udinese shirt on the market stalls, but even though we were close to what I now consider to be my second spiritual home, the only black and white striped shirts I saw for sale were either Juventus or Newcastle Utd.
Lets get em in the hornets shop.
I'm loving it!!! I was in north east Italy this summer & looking for a Udinese shirt on the market stalls, but even though we were close to what I now consider to be my second spiritual home, the only black and white striped shirts I saw for sale were either Juventus or Newcastle Utd. Lets get em in the hornets shop. paultheshrink
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10:42am Sat 24 Nov 12

Hampshire hornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
Hampshire hornet wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
aefevans wrote:
I counted the word 'project' five times.
....and your point is....?
Irony I think SAH.... I got it...
I'm from SA, Hants and I regret that I didn't.
Lol no worries ... Keep the faith... Nice to have a global fan base... Get yourself on twitter.. I didn't understand it... Lutondown will help you through
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]....and your point is....?[/p][/quote]Irony I think SAH.... I got it...[/p][/quote]I'm from SA, Hants and I regret that I didn't.[/p][/quote]Lol no worries ... Keep the faith... Nice to have a global fan base... Get yourself on twitter.. I didn't understand it... Lutondown will help you through Hampshire hornet
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10:43am Sat 24 Nov 12

Hampshire hornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
Hampshire hornet wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
aefevans wrote:
I counted the word 'project' five times.
....and your point is....?
Irony I think SAH.... I got it...
I'm from SA, Hants and I regret that I didn't.
Lol no worries ... Keep the faith... Nice to have a global fan base... Get yourself on twitter.. I didn't understand it... Lutondown will help you through
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]....and your point is....?[/p][/quote]Irony I think SAH.... I got it...[/p][/quote]I'm from SA, Hants and I regret that I didn't.[/p][/quote]Lol no worries ... Keep the faith... Nice to have a global fan base... Get yourself on twitter.. I didn't understand it... Lutondown will help you through Hampshire hornet
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10:43am Sat 24 Nov 12

Hampshire hornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
Hampshire hornet wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
aefevans wrote:
I counted the word 'project' five times.
....and your point is....?
Irony I think SAH.... I got it...
I'm from SA, Hants and I regret that I didn't.
Lol no worries ... Keep the faith... Nice to have a global fan base... Get yourself on twitter.. I didn't understand it... Lutondown will help you through
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: I counted the word 'project' five times.[/p][/quote]....and your point is....?[/p][/quote]Irony I think SAH.... I got it...[/p][/quote]I'm from SA, Hants and I regret that I didn't.[/p][/quote]Lol no worries ... Keep the faith... Nice to have a global fan base... Get yourself on twitter.. I didn't understand it... Lutondown will help you through Hampshire hornet
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8:04pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Roy Stockdill says...

What I am not clear about is whether Watford are Udinese's second team or their third team after Granada. Does anyone seriously care, since scarcely anyone born in this country appears to play for them anyway?

I preferred football when clubs like Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest and Derby County could win the title under managers like Alf Ramsey and Brian Clough with players who were all born in Britain.

What we have now is an international conglomerate of mercenaries - mercenary owners, mercenary managers and mercenary players who are here only for the money and who have no loyalty whatsoever except to whoever happens to be paying their extortionate wages at the time.

Plus, of course, fans who are far too thick, stupid, ignorant and moronic to understand any of this entire scenario!

Mark my words, the entire house of cards will come crashing down eventually and a lot of clubs will go out of business. I just hope Watford aren't among them.
What I am not clear about is whether Watford are Udinese's second team or their third team after Granada. Does anyone seriously care, since scarcely anyone born in this country appears to play for them anyway? I preferred football when clubs like Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest and Derby County could win the title under managers like Alf Ramsey and Brian Clough with players who were all born in Britain. What we have now is an international conglomerate of mercenaries - mercenary owners, mercenary managers and mercenary players who are here only for the money and who have no loyalty whatsoever except to whoever happens to be paying their extortionate wages at the time. Plus, of course, fans who are far too thick, stupid, ignorant and moronic to understand any of this entire scenario! Mark my words, the entire house of cards will come crashing down eventually and a lot of clubs will go out of business. I just hope Watford aren't among them. Roy Stockdill
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