Gianfranco Zola feels his Watford side are in better shape than at this point last season after early summer signings

Diego Fabbrini joined the Hornets from Udinese. Picture: Action Images

Diego Fabbrini joined the Hornets from Udinese. Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Gianfranco Zola believes it was vital Watford concluded the majority of their transfer business early this year after an unsettling start to last season.

The Hornets had not confirmed any summer arrivals at this stage last year due to the club’s transfer embargo, although seven players had been training with the Golden Boys for most of pre-season.

The number of summer arrivals increased to ten on August 24, 2012, but by that time Watford had played their first three games of the season.

One of the biggest upheavals to Watford’s playing squad in recent memory was increased further when six more players signed on transfer deadline day – less than 24 hours before the 5-1 débâcle at Derby County, which was Zola’s sixth game in charge of the club.

The Golden Boys won just two of their first seven league games – and three of their initial nine in all competitions – as the Italian attempted to mould his squad which, by his own admission, was “not a normal size” and it was an unsettling time.

However, this year the club have completed the signings of 15 players – if you include Manuel Almunia who was out of contract – and that is expected to increase further in the coming weeks.

Zola said: “It is vital to get the signings in early because last year we lost so much time; working with one group of players and then another group came in so it was quite unstable for a while.

“This year we are certainly in better shape and the players have been working well so I am expecting a better start.”

The Hornets head coach continued: “It happened very late last year and fortunately the season ended up going well but that is something that may not happen again.

“It is a big bonus [to have so many signed already] and it has only gone so well because the players wanted to make it happen.

“If we can get things done early it can make a big difference.”

The Watford Observer reported three weeks ago that the Hornets were set to sign a host of players on permanent deals and then a week later added that most of the contracts had been signed and the club were just waiting for confirmation from the relevant football authorities.

Last Friday the club announced four players – Almen Abdi, Cristian Battocchio, Gabriele Angella and Diego Fabbrini – had been registered as Watford players and they were awaiting final approval for Marco Cassetti, Daniel Pudil, Javier Acuna and Marco Davide Faraoni.

The quartet’s moves were ratified on Monday morning at the same time as the club confirmed Ikechi Anya and former Manchester United defender Reece Brown had also signed on three and two-year deals respectively.

Then on Wednesday it was confirmed Joel Ekstrand had joined; signing a contract which will expire in 2016 and Iriney has penned a two-year deal.

Zola said: “It is very good [to get the signings confirmed]. It will give us a little bit of stability and will settle a lot of nerves with the supporters and other people.

“I am pleased because they are players who can make a difference at this club and we welcome them and wish them every success.”

Usually sides announce signings as soon as the contract is signed but due to Watford’s ‘transfer embargo’ and several players joining on free transfers from Udinese, the club were keen to await formal confirmation from FIFA, UEFA, FA and Football League.

When asked if he was slightly concerned by the delay, Zola replied: “No. It was just a matter of time and it was due to the Football League and other bodies needing to confirm the signings. I wasn’t worried.”

Saturday was Watford’s first pre-season match in England after a two-week training camp in northern Italy.

Most of the club’s new signings were on the trip and Zola believes it has helped those coming into the club integrate with the rest of the players.

He said: “Obviously last year’s group was a great group and you can see there is an understanding and a spirit between the players.

“That has also made it easy for the others to join in. It’s a good group and a healthy group and you can see everything is coming together very well.”

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8:15am Mon 29 Jul 13

JohnnyBarnes says...

Absolute hero. So excited!
Absolute hero. So excited! JohnnyBarnes
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8:25am Mon 29 Jul 13

Tomsyboy says...

Fantastic group of players. Even though not getting promoted last season was a shame, it still was the most exciting and talented Watford I have ever seen! I can't wait to see the full strength and power we will unleash on the championship in the new season. They way things are now managed at the vic surpasses all expectations and could not ask for a better group of players, manager and owners. Most exciting time to be a hornet! COYH!!!
Fantastic group of players. Even though not getting promoted last season was a shame, it still was the most exciting and talented Watford I have ever seen! I can't wait to see the full strength and power we will unleash on the championship in the new season. They way things are now managed at the vic surpasses all expectations and could not ask for a better group of players, manager and owners. Most exciting time to be a hornet! COYH!!! Tomsyboy
  • Score: 0

8:53am Mon 29 Jul 13

mellow yellow says...

Tomsyboy wrote:
Fantastic group of players. Even though not getting promoted last season was a shame, it still was the most exciting and talented Watford I have ever seen! I can't wait to see the full strength and power we will unleash on the championship in the new season. They way things are now managed at the vic surpasses all expectations and could not ask for a better group of players, manager and owners. Most exciting time to be a hornet! COYH!!!
I have a feeling we will come to view the Play Off final defeat as a blessing in disguise. Bring it on...
[quote][p][bold]Tomsyboy[/bold] wrote: Fantastic group of players. Even though not getting promoted last season was a shame, it still was the most exciting and talented Watford I have ever seen! I can't wait to see the full strength and power we will unleash on the championship in the new season. They way things are now managed at the vic surpasses all expectations and could not ask for a better group of players, manager and owners. Most exciting time to be a hornet! COYH!!![/p][/quote]I have a feeling we will come to view the Play Off final defeat as a blessing in disguise. Bring it on... mellow yellow
  • Score: 2

9:00am Mon 29 Jul 13

Bush Hornet says...

Blimey, everything seems rosey
Blimey, everything seems rosey Bush Hornet
  • Score: 0

9:25am Mon 29 Jul 13

Hampshire hornet says...

Diego Fabbrini, If we keep him for more than 1 season will be Watfords best ever player -- Bold statement but I firmly believe this.. there will be offers flying in from the Premiership big boys.
Gabrielle Angella, Iriney Santos another 2 huge signings.. will provide a solid ackbone and steel to teh team..
We will change our luck this coming season, expect plenty of free kicks around the box and penalties ...
as previous posters have written, "what a time to be a Watford fan"
Strength in depth, quality all around the pitch...
Diego Fabbrini, If we keep him for more than 1 season will be Watfords best ever player -- Bold statement but I firmly believe this.. there will be offers flying in from the Premiership big boys. Gabrielle Angella, Iriney Santos another 2 huge signings.. will provide a solid ackbone and steel to teh team.. We will change our luck this coming season, expect plenty of free kicks around the box and penalties ... as previous posters have written, "what a time to be a Watford fan" Strength in depth, quality all around the pitch... Hampshire hornet
  • Score: 2

9:46am Mon 29 Jul 13

jasonwatford says...

I could crush a grape
I could crush a grape jasonwatford
  • Score: 0

10:14am Mon 29 Jul 13

Chris the Vic says...

Better shape than last year!!!

No comparison they all looked good with only two or three slightly below par
Better shape than last year!!! No comparison they all looked good with only two or three slightly below par Chris the Vic
  • Score: 0

10:15am Mon 29 Jul 13

abbotsrich says...

Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!!
Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!! abbotsrich
  • Score: 0

10:20am Mon 29 Jul 13

ForzaWatford says...

Matej who?
Matej who? ForzaWatford
  • Score: 2

10:26am Mon 29 Jul 13

ForzaWatford says...

Diego Oooooooh
Diego Oooooooh
He'll score from anywhere
He can't control his hair
Diego Oooooooh
Diego Oooooooh Diego Oooooooh He'll score from anywhere He can't control his hair Diego Oooooooh ForzaWatford
  • Score: 2

10:33am Mon 29 Jul 13

joners in spain says...

VENI VIDI VICI

WE CAME, WE SAW, WE CONQUERED

A new season begins with the hope that come next May another new chapter will begin. Above is a quote from Julius Caesar and thanks to our Italian owners and coach GFZ. Our club will rise again to the heights of the Eighties
It was just a shame we did not make it last May, because with this group of players I believe we would have given any Premiership team a run for there money.
But we didn't, so we start again. Lets just hope we don't meet to many teams with to many hackers and hopefully want to play football to?
So come on you supporters win loose or draw, Keep off their backs and cheer them to the Championship come next May
As i'm in Spain I will be listening in and cheering on Hornet Player
The Future Is Yellow
COYH
VENI VIDI VICI WE CAME, WE SAW, WE CONQUERED A new season begins with the hope that come next May another new chapter will begin. Above is a quote from Julius Caesar and thanks to our Italian owners and coach GFZ. Our club will rise again to the heights of the Eighties It was just a shame we did not make it last May, because with this group of players I believe we would have given any Premiership team a run for there money. But we didn't, so we start again. Lets just hope we don't meet to many teams with to many hackers and hopefully want to play football to? So come on you supporters win loose or draw, Keep off their backs and cheer them to the Championship come next May As i'm in Spain I will be listening in and cheering on Hornet Player The Future Is Yellow COYH joners in spain
  • Score: 3

10:34am Mon 29 Jul 13

Feff says...

Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking!
Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking! Feff
  • Score: -2

10:37am Mon 29 Jul 13

Harry's Bar says...

abbotsrich wrote:
Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!!
The pundits generally are only slightly better informed than the Press. Odd that the bookmakers still don't rate us, they're normally on the money.
[quote][p][bold]abbotsrich[/bold] wrote: Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!![/p][/quote]The pundits generally are only slightly better informed than the Press. Odd that the bookmakers still don't rate us, they're normally on the money. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

10:55am Mon 29 Jul 13

Boosey says...

Feff wrote:
Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking!
You would of got your positive answer a lot earlier if you had watched them Saturday.
Trust! there is absolutely nothing to be negative about.
It's now getting to the exciting, nervous part of the week now, can't wait, the wife is already moaning!
[quote][p][bold]Feff[/bold] wrote: Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking![/p][/quote]You would of got your positive answer a lot earlier if you had watched them Saturday. Trust! there is absolutely nothing to be negative about. It's now getting to the exciting, nervous part of the week now, can't wait, the wife is already moaning! Boosey
  • Score: 2

10:56am Mon 29 Jul 13

francowatford says...

I was speaking with Hogg and Murrey yesterday at the family day out and i was asking which player has so far stood out the most and they have said Fabbrini, Hog even said he was partial to falling over LOL
I was speaking with Hogg and Murrey yesterday at the family day out and i was asking which player has so far stood out the most and they have said Fabbrini, Hog even said he was partial to falling over LOL francowatford
  • Score: 0

11:09am Mon 29 Jul 13

londomollari says...

Feff wrote:
Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking!
Chalobah? A different sort of player, but what we might lose in some ways without Nat we gain in other ways with Iriney. Vydra? Again, what we might have lost in one or two areas we have gained in others. And the squad, as a whole, is better.
Having seen Vydra last season, I can't believe I'm saying this---but we won't miss Vydra.
[quote][p][bold]Feff[/bold] wrote: Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking![/p][/quote]Chalobah? A different sort of player, but what we might lose in some ways without Nat we gain in other ways with Iriney. Vydra? Again, what we might have lost in one or two areas we have gained in others. And the squad, as a whole, is better. Having seen Vydra last season, I can't believe I'm saying this---but we won't miss Vydra. londomollari
  • Score: 1

11:15am Mon 29 Jul 13

Denzil D says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
abbotsrich wrote: Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!!
The pundits generally are only slightly better informed than the Press. Odd that the bookmakers still don't rate us, they're normally on the money.
Joint second favourites for promotion with P.Power, but generally 4-1.
I like the 23-10 with 188Bet for us to be top London club.
Also 66-1 Fabbrini top scorer and 6-4 a top-6 finish (both BetVictor) look tasty too.
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abbotsrich[/bold] wrote: Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!![/p][/quote]The pundits generally are only slightly better informed than the Press. Odd that the bookmakers still don't rate us, they're normally on the money.[/p][/quote]Joint second favourites for promotion with P.Power, but generally 4-1. I like the 23-10 with 188Bet for us to be top London club. Also 66-1 Fabbrini top scorer and 6-4 a top-6 finish (both BetVictor) look tasty too. Denzil D
  • Score: 0

11:31am Mon 29 Jul 13

Baz loves porridge says...

Third keeper rumours .. Shay given or lee camp are the names being thrown around
Third keeper rumours .. Shay given or lee camp are the names being thrown around Baz loves porridge
  • Score: 0

11:52am Mon 29 Jul 13

londomollari says...

Baz loves porridge wrote:
Third keeper rumours .. Shay given or lee camp are the names being thrown around
Yes. I, and others, thought Given had joined Doncaster, but it seems he hasn't---wages problems, apparently.
[quote][p][bold]Baz loves porridge[/bold] wrote: Third keeper rumours .. Shay given or lee camp are the names being thrown around[/p][/quote]Yes. I, and others, thought Given had joined Doncaster, but it seems he hasn't---wages problems, apparently. londomollari
  • Score: 0

11:56am Mon 29 Jul 13

WessexLad says...

It's not only the players who are in place, Zola now has the system sorted, so we should hit the ground running.

Looking good!
It's not only the players who are in place, Zola now has the system sorted, so we should hit the ground running. Looking good! WessexLad
  • Score: 0

12:03pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Baz loves porridge wrote:
Third keeper rumours .. Shay given or lee camp are the names being thrown around
why would either join with little prospect of playing ? 3rd pro keeper is a real problem position to fill unless its a very young development keeper. Unless Bond goes out on loan with an immediate recall clause I suppose....
[quote][p][bold]Baz loves porridge[/bold] wrote: Third keeper rumours .. Shay given or lee camp are the names being thrown around[/p][/quote]why would either join with little prospect of playing ? 3rd pro keeper is a real problem position to fill unless its a very young development keeper. Unless Bond goes out on loan with an immediate recall clause I suppose.... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 0

12:04pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Jon_mk says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
abbotsrich wrote:
Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!!
The pundits generally are only slightly better informed than the Press. Odd that the bookmakers still don't rate us, they're normally on the money.
Bookies tend to adjust odds largely based on where the money is being placed. The fact we have come in somewhat since the signings were announced shows that a few more bets have been placed but trust me if the bets were flooding in the odds would be shortening dramatically.

I am glad I got my bets in early though :)
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abbotsrich[/bold] wrote: Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!![/p][/quote]The pundits generally are only slightly better informed than the Press. Odd that the bookmakers still don't rate us, they're normally on the money.[/p][/quote]Bookies tend to adjust odds largely based on where the money is being placed. The fact we have come in somewhat since the signings were announced shows that a few more bets have been placed but trust me if the bets were flooding in the odds would be shortening dramatically. I am glad I got my bets in early though :) Jon_mk
  • Score: 0

12:13pm Mon 29 Jul 13

watford1881 says...

Feff wrote:
Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking!
Don't be so sure these two might still be back.. In football who knows..
[quote][p][bold]Feff[/bold] wrote: Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking![/p][/quote]Don't be so sure these two might still be back.. In football who knows.. watford1881
  • Score: 0

12:13pm Mon 29 Jul 13

lutondown says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
Blimey, everything seems rosey
Even for Swedish queue jumpers??
Lol ;)
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: Blimey, everything seems rosey[/p][/quote]Even for Swedish queue jumpers?? Lol ;) lutondown
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Willow23 says...

Jon_mk wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
abbotsrich wrote:
Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!!
The pundits generally are only slightly better informed than the Press. Odd that the bookmakers still don't rate us, they're normally on the money.
Bookies tend to adjust odds largely based on where the money is being placed. The fact we have come in somewhat since the signings were announced shows that a few more bets have been placed but trust me if the bets were flooding in the odds would be shortening dramatically.

I am glad I got my bets in early though :)
If you look on odds checker on every market winner, promotion, top six etc we have had the most bets placed its on the view form and analysis part
Got me £800 @13/8 top six :)
[quote][p][bold]Jon_mk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abbotsrich[/bold] wrote: Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!![/p][/quote]The pundits generally are only slightly better informed than the Press. Odd that the bookmakers still don't rate us, they're normally on the money.[/p][/quote]Bookies tend to adjust odds largely based on where the money is being placed. The fact we have come in somewhat since the signings were announced shows that a few more bets have been placed but trust me if the bets were flooding in the odds would be shortening dramatically. I am glad I got my bets in early though :)[/p][/quote]If you look on odds checker on every market winner, promotion, top six etc we have had the most bets placed its on the view form and analysis part Got me £800 @13/8 top six :) Willow23
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Mon 29 Jul 13

exeterhornet says...

Joiners in Spain, where in Spain are you?
Re the article, I just hope we play to our potential and refs give us a fair crack cos I am so confident for this year. Still think this is the toughest league in European football though so not counting any chickens.
As regards betting, if people really believe promotion is a given then lump on a handicap coupon as finishing top pays 18/1 And 9/2 for 2nd and 3rd.
Just done a 50p each way handicap Yankee on Watford (plus 8) Sunderland (plus38) Wolves (scratch) and Exeter (plus 22) Nearly £100k if they all win!!!!!!!!!
Will do a second, different Yankee tomorrow - probably Villa,
Millwall, Oldham and Wycombe or Wimbledon ?
Bet costs £11 but lasts most of the season
Joiners in Spain, where in Spain are you? Re the article, I just hope we play to our potential and refs give us a fair crack cos I am so confident for this year. Still think this is the toughest league in European football though so not counting any chickens. As regards betting, if people really believe promotion is a given then lump on a handicap coupon as finishing top pays 18/1 And 9/2 for 2nd and 3rd. Just done a 50p each way handicap Yankee on Watford (plus 8) Sunderland (plus38) Wolves (scratch) and Exeter (plus 22) Nearly £100k if they all win!!!!!!!!! Will do a second, different Yankee tomorrow - probably Villa, Millwall, Oldham and Wycombe or Wimbledon ? Bet costs £11 but lasts most of the season exeterhornet
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Mon 29 Jul 13

exeterhornet says...

Joiners in Spain, where in Spain are you?
Re the article, I just hope we play to our potential and refs give us a fair crack cos I am so confident for this year. Still think this is the toughest league in European football though so not counting any chickens.
As regards betting, if people really believe promotion is a given then lump on a handicap coupon as finishing top pays 18/1 And 9/2 for 2nd and 3rd.
Just done a 50p each way handicap Yankee on Watford (plus 8) Sunderland (plus38) Wolves (scratch) and Exeter (plus 22) Nearly £100k if they all win!!!!!!!!!
Will do a second, different Yankee tomorrow - probably Villa,
Millwall, Oldham and Wycombe or Wimbledon ?
Bet costs £11 but lasts most of the season
Joiners in Spain, where in Spain are you? Re the article, I just hope we play to our potential and refs give us a fair crack cos I am so confident for this year. Still think this is the toughest league in European football though so not counting any chickens. As regards betting, if people really believe promotion is a given then lump on a handicap coupon as finishing top pays 18/1 And 9/2 for 2nd and 3rd. Just done a 50p each way handicap Yankee on Watford (plus 8) Sunderland (plus38) Wolves (scratch) and Exeter (plus 22) Nearly £100k if they all win!!!!!!!!! Will do a second, different Yankee tomorrow - probably Villa, Millwall, Oldham and Wycombe or Wimbledon ? Bet costs £11 but lasts most of the season exeterhornet
  • Score: 0

1:46pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Hampshire hornet says...

exeterhornet wrote:
Joiners in Spain, where in Spain are you?
Re the article, I just hope we play to our potential and refs give us a fair crack cos I am so confident for this year. Still think this is the toughest league in European football though so not counting any chickens.
As regards betting, if people really believe promotion is a given then lump on a handicap coupon as finishing top pays 18/1 And 9/2 for 2nd and 3rd.
Just done a 50p each way handicap Yankee on Watford (plus 8) Sunderland (plus38) Wolves (scratch) and Exeter (plus 22) Nearly £100k if they all win!!!!!!!!!
Will do a second, different Yankee tomorrow - probably Villa,
Millwall, Oldham and Wycombe or Wimbledon ?
Bet costs £11 but lasts most of the season
huh? lost me totally there -- all that made sense were the ££££££
[quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: Joiners in Spain, where in Spain are you? Re the article, I just hope we play to our potential and refs give us a fair crack cos I am so confident for this year. Still think this is the toughest league in European football though so not counting any chickens. As regards betting, if people really believe promotion is a given then lump on a handicap coupon as finishing top pays 18/1 And 9/2 for 2nd and 3rd. Just done a 50p each way handicap Yankee on Watford (plus 8) Sunderland (plus38) Wolves (scratch) and Exeter (plus 22) Nearly £100k if they all win!!!!!!!!! Will do a second, different Yankee tomorrow - probably Villa, Millwall, Oldham and Wycombe or Wimbledon ? Bet costs £11 but lasts most of the season[/p][/quote]huh? lost me totally there -- all that made sense were the ££££££ Hampshire hornet
  • Score: 1

1:51pm Mon 29 Jul 13

PeteBogHorrorHornet says...

Anyone seen this:
http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/10577282.
Fan_is_banned_for__w
inding_up__Crystal_P
alace_boss/?ref=rss
Anyone seen this: http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/10577282. Fan_is_banned_for__w inding_up__Crystal_P alace_boss/?ref=rss PeteBogHorrorHornet
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Mon 29 Jul 13

lockerbiehornet says...

Baz loves porridge wrote:
Third keeper rumours .. Shay given or lee camp are the names being thrown around
There's at least 2 of the rumour websites reporting Camp is on the verge of signing
[quote][p][bold]Baz loves porridge[/bold] wrote: Third keeper rumours .. Shay given or lee camp are the names being thrown around[/p][/quote]There's at least 2 of the rumour websites reporting Camp is on the verge of signing lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Mon 29 Jul 13

neilhorn says...

top 6 a t6/4 is the bet. Things can go wrong to stop us winning the league, but where are these SIX better teams? Top 6 a given
top 6 a t6/4 is the bet. Things can go wrong to stop us winning the league, but where are these SIX better teams? Top 6 a given neilhorn
  • Score: 0

2:17pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

lockerbiehornet wrote:
Baz loves porridge wrote:
Third keeper rumours .. Shay given or lee camp are the names being thrown around
There's at least 2 of the rumour websites reporting Camp is on the verge of signing
No thank you. Barely ok keeper who think's he's Joe Hart.
[quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baz loves porridge[/bold] wrote: Third keeper rumours .. Shay given or lee camp are the names being thrown around[/p][/quote]There's at least 2 of the rumour websites reporting Camp is on the verge of signing[/p][/quote]No thank you. Barely ok keeper who think's he's Joe Hart. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 1

2:40pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Harry's Bar says...

neilhorn wrote:
top 6 a t6/4 is the bet. Things can go wrong to stop us winning the league, but where are these SIX better teams? Top 6 a given
That's the safest bet but unless you're going to put on proper money (like Willow), it's not very exciting.
[quote][p][bold]neilhorn[/bold] wrote: top 6 a t6/4 is the bet. Things can go wrong to stop us winning the league, but where are these SIX better teams? Top 6 a given[/p][/quote]That's the safest bet but unless you're going to put on proper money (like Willow), it's not very exciting. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

2:41pm Mon 29 Jul 13

KeithMercer says...

Lee Camp was never a favorite of mine and used to enjoy time wasting and generally winding us up in the Rookery !!
But unlike Fat Mickey Quinn I would be happy to give him a chance and would get behind him 100%.
A few seasons ago he was one of the best keepers in the Championship, so hopefully if he signs he can reproduce that level of performance.
Lee Camp was never a favorite of mine and used to enjoy time wasting and generally winding us up in the Rookery !! But unlike Fat Mickey Quinn I would be happy to give him a chance and would get behind him 100%. A few seasons ago he was one of the best keepers in the Championship, so hopefully if he signs he can reproduce that level of performance. KeithMercer
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Mon 29 Jul 13

a1derek says...

PeteBogHorrorHornet wrote:
Anyone seen this:
http://www.theargus.

co.uk/news/10577282.

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inding_up__Crystal_P

alace_boss/?ref=rss
Think we should all drop by and show our support for the man! I have!

Re missing Vydra and Chalobah. I think Fabbrini is a more than adequate replacement for Matty, he showed enough on Saturday to think he will terrorise Championship defences. Yes, different to Vydra, but will be electric in our league. Regards Chalobah, a lot to learn and felt he was not so good second half of the season - very "in and out". Gave the ball away a lot in our last third and IMHO Iriney is more what we need. He looked superb on Saturday, kept the ball well, used it well and broke up the opposition.

I think we are set fair and believe the squad we already have will be god enough to get out of the division.
[quote][p][bold]PeteBogHorrorHornet[/bold] wrote: Anyone seen this: http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/10577282. Fan_is_banned_for__w inding_up__Crystal_P alace_boss/?ref=rss[/p][/quote]Think we should all drop by and show our support for the man! I have! Re missing Vydra and Chalobah. I think Fabbrini is a more than adequate replacement for Matty, he showed enough on Saturday to think he will terrorise Championship defences. Yes, different to Vydra, but will be electric in our league. Regards Chalobah, a lot to learn and felt he was not so good second half of the season - very "in and out". Gave the ball away a lot in our last third and IMHO Iriney is more what we need. He looked superb on Saturday, kept the ball well, used it well and broke up the opposition. I think we are set fair and believe the squad we already have will be god enough to get out of the division. a1derek
  • Score: 0

4:05pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Bush Hornet says...

lutondown wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
Blimey, everything seems rosey
Even for Swedish queue jumpers??
Lol ;)
you brits and your queuing!
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: Blimey, everything seems rosey[/p][/quote]Even for Swedish queue jumpers?? Lol ;)[/p][/quote]you brits and your queuing! Bush Hornet
  • Score: 0

4:20pm Mon 29 Jul 13

StewartScullion says...

mellow yellow wrote:
Tomsyboy wrote:
Fantastic group of players. Even though not getting promoted last season was a shame, it still was the most exciting and talented Watford I have ever seen! I can't wait to see the full strength and power we will unleash on the championship in the new season. They way things are now managed at the vic surpasses all expectations and could not ask for a better group of players, manager and owners. Most exciting time to be a hornet! COYH!!!
I have a feeling we will come to view the Play Off final defeat as a blessing in disguise. Bring it on...
I find it difficult to add anything to most of these quotes because between them they have said all I could say FOR ONCE.Seriously though and sorry I have said it before. Gianfranco's reports,quotes are truly excellent.Positive,c
onstructive,informat
ive,confident.Never in my lifetime did I believe I would see a manager who inspired the team and the supporters the way Graham Taylor did in his time and still earn the tag of being a gentleman AND improve the standard to a level never achieved before.Never have I felt so positive and confident as I feel this season.
COYH-You ain't seen nothing yet
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tomsyboy[/bold] wrote: Fantastic group of players. Even though not getting promoted last season was a shame, it still was the most exciting and talented Watford I have ever seen! I can't wait to see the full strength and power we will unleash on the championship in the new season. They way things are now managed at the vic surpasses all expectations and could not ask for a better group of players, manager and owners. Most exciting time to be a hornet! COYH!!![/p][/quote]I have a feeling we will come to view the Play Off final defeat as a blessing in disguise. Bring it on...[/p][/quote]I find it difficult to add anything to most of these quotes because between them they have said all I could say FOR ONCE.Seriously though and sorry I have said it before. Gianfranco's reports,quotes are truly excellent.Positive,c onstructive,informat ive,confident.Never in my lifetime did I believe I would see a manager who inspired the team and the supporters the way Graham Taylor did in his time and still earn the tag of being a gentleman AND improve the standard to a level never achieved before.Never have I felt so positive and confident as I feel this season. COYH-You ain't seen nothing yet StewartScullion
  • Score: 5

4:23pm Mon 29 Jul 13

StewartScullion says...

abbotsrich wrote:
Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!!
Lets slip under the wire and keep out of sight for now.4-4-2 always gets it wrong so I hope Watford are not favourites in that publication and if they do
they'll be right for once
[quote][p][bold]abbotsrich[/bold] wrote: Slightly weird that so few of the pundits have mentioned us for promotion - who cares? Going to be the best season ever COYH!!![/p][/quote]Lets slip under the wire and keep out of sight for now.4-4-2 always gets it wrong so I hope Watford are not favourites in that publication and if they do they'll be right for once StewartScullion
  • Score: 0

4:31pm Mon 29 Jul 13

StewartScullion says...

Feff wrote:
Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking!
Don't worry.Be happy.
Besides I believe Vydra will be back
[quote][p][bold]Feff[/bold] wrote: Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking![/p][/quote]Don't worry.Be happy. Besides I believe Vydra will be back StewartScullion
  • Score: 0

6:25pm Mon 29 Jul 13

lockerbiehornet says...

At last one that predicts us to go up automatically http://thetwounfortu
nates.com/ttu-go-pre
dicting-a-club-by-cl
ub-championship-prev
iew/
At last one that predicts us to go up automatically http://thetwounfortu nates.com/ttu-go-pre dicting-a-club-by-cl ub-championship-prev iew/ lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 0

6:36pm Mon 29 Jul 13

jasonwatford says...

Hogg gone to Huddersfield
Hogg gone to Huddersfield jasonwatford
  • Score: 0

9:25am Tue 30 Jul 13

JonBoy says...

this from a Leeds fan on the website mentioned earlier. had to chuckle

Watford’s squad is obscene – has anyone actually seen who they have? They could come both First and Second with their players. Even Vydra would struggle to get a place I reckon. Small town club come good – good luck to ‘em even if I am jealous
this from a Leeds fan on the website mentioned earlier. had to chuckle Watford’s squad is obscene – has anyone actually seen who they have? They could come both First and Second with their players. Even Vydra would struggle to get a place I reckon. Small town club come good – good luck to ‘em even if I am jealous JonBoy
  • Score: 4

9:40am Tue 30 Jul 13

Bush Hornet says...

http://www1.skysport
s.com/football/news/
11689/8841643/fl-125
-championship

Laughable lack of recognition for the quality of our squad in this 'top 65 FL players according to Sky' article. Admittedly there are some good players in their list but the writers are mostly wowed by ex prem players and up and coming Brits. We're still under the radar for now.
http://www1.skysport s.com/football/news/ 11689/8841643/fl-125 -championship Laughable lack of recognition for the quality of our squad in this 'top 65 FL players according to Sky' article. Admittedly there are some good players in their list but the writers are mostly wowed by ex prem players and up and coming Brits. We're still under the radar for now. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 0

12:42pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Sydneyhornet says...

Sneaky promotion push hey lads... Can't wait for this season to kick off.
Sneaky promotion push hey lads... Can't wait for this season to kick off. Sydneyhornet
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Tue 30 Jul 13

hornetsdan1991 says...

StewartScullion wrote:
Feff wrote:
Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking!
Don't worry.Be happy.
Besides I believe Vydra will be back
Agree. Look forward not back, and who knows. Nat/ Vydra were last season.

Goals wern't a problem last season, they wont be this year. Forestieri, Fabb, Troy, Acuna, plus Britt who scores when he wants, would Matej on his form the second half of last season get in? As for Chab good player yes but he always wanted to go back. Iriney looks pure class,( with experience) and CB, AA have a year under there belts so central midfield with Murray and Smith having the opportunity to step up, and McGugan coming in too looks solid. I think this season we have two genuine quality players in each position. We threw away a good 15/20 points from good postions last year dont see that happening this season. I am even considering a season ticket and in 100 miles away now........ COYH

Also agree on that sky article Bush Hornet, extremely poor biased article, which is not only weeks to early considering the windows still well open, but alot will leave off that list for the Premiership i expect.
[quote][p][bold]StewartScullion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feff[/bold] wrote: Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking![/p][/quote]Don't worry.Be happy. Besides I believe Vydra will be back[/p][/quote]Agree. Look forward not back, and who knows. Nat/ Vydra were last season. Goals wern't a problem last season, they wont be this year. Forestieri, Fabb, Troy, Acuna, plus Britt who scores when he wants, would Matej on his form the second half of last season get in? As for Chab good player yes but he always wanted to go back. Iriney looks pure class,( with experience) and CB, AA have a year under there belts so central midfield with Murray and Smith having the opportunity to step up, and McGugan coming in too looks solid. I think this season we have two genuine quality players in each position. We threw away a good 15/20 points from good postions last year dont see that happening this season. I am even considering a season ticket and in 100 miles away now........ COYH Also agree on that sky article Bush Hornet, extremely poor biased article, which is not only weeks to early considering the windows still well open, but alot will leave off that list for the Premiership i expect. hornetsdan1991
  • Score: 2

1:58pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Boosey says...

hornetsdan1991 wrote:
StewartScullion wrote:
Feff wrote: Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking!
Don't worry.Be happy. Besides I believe Vydra will be back
Agree. Look forward not back, and who knows. Nat/ Vydra were last season. Goals wern't a problem last season, they wont be this year. Forestieri, Fabb, Troy, Acuna, plus Britt who scores when he wants, would Matej on his form the second half of last season get in? As for Chab good player yes but he always wanted to go back. Iriney looks pure class,( with experience) and CB, AA have a year under there belts so central midfield with Murray and Smith having the opportunity to step up, and McGugan coming in too looks solid. I think this season we have two genuine quality players in each position. We threw away a good 15/20 points from good postions last year dont see that happening this season. I am even considering a season ticket and in 100 miles away now........ COYH Also agree on that sky article Bush Hornet, extremely poor biased article, which is not only weeks to early considering the windows still well open, but alot will leave off that list for the Premiership i expect.
If you want a season ticket you better hurry, nearly sold allowed quota.
[quote][p][bold]hornetsdan1991[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StewartScullion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feff[/bold] wrote: Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking![/p][/quote]Don't worry.Be happy. Besides I believe Vydra will be back[/p][/quote]Agree. Look forward not back, and who knows. Nat/ Vydra were last season. Goals wern't a problem last season, they wont be this year. Forestieri, Fabb, Troy, Acuna, plus Britt who scores when he wants, would Matej on his form the second half of last season get in? As for Chab good player yes but he always wanted to go back. Iriney looks pure class,( with experience) and CB, AA have a year under there belts so central midfield with Murray and Smith having the opportunity to step up, and McGugan coming in too looks solid. I think this season we have two genuine quality players in each position. We threw away a good 15/20 points from good postions last year dont see that happening this season. I am even considering a season ticket and in 100 miles away now........ COYH Also agree on that sky article Bush Hornet, extremely poor biased article, which is not only weeks to early considering the windows still well open, but alot will leave off that list for the Premiership i expect.[/p][/quote]If you want a season ticket you better hurry, nearly sold allowed quota. Boosey
  • Score: 1

2:55pm Tue 30 Jul 13

hornetsdan1991 says...

Boosey wrote:
hornetsdan1991 wrote:
StewartScullion wrote:
Feff wrote: Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking!
Don't worry.Be happy. Besides I believe Vydra will be back
Agree. Look forward not back, and who knows. Nat/ Vydra were last season. Goals wern't a problem last season, they wont be this year. Forestieri, Fabb, Troy, Acuna, plus Britt who scores when he wants, would Matej on his form the second half of last season get in? As for Chab good player yes but he always wanted to go back. Iriney looks pure class,( with experience) and CB, AA have a year under there belts so central midfield with Murray and Smith having the opportunity to step up, and McGugan coming in too looks solid. I think this season we have two genuine quality players in each position. We threw away a good 15/20 points from good postions last year dont see that happening this season. I am even considering a season ticket and in 100 miles away now........ COYH Also agree on that sky article Bush Hornet, extremely poor biased article, which is not only weeks to early considering the windows still well open, but alot will leave off that list for the Premiership i expect.
If you want a season ticket you better hurry, nearly sold allowed quota.
I would love too. But now living so far away the 200 mile trip every other week on my pay is something I can't justify. I managed 7 games last year and the missus nearly killed me. I'm guessing demand for tickets will be high this year, i struggled for tickets the tail end of last season. Wouldn't be a problem if we had a whole ground would it ;) but that's a different story.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hornetsdan1991[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StewartScullion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feff[/bold] wrote: Have we replaced Vydra with a goal scorer of similar ability? Have we replaced Chalobah with a midfielder of similar ability? Only asking![/p][/quote]Don't worry.Be happy. Besides I believe Vydra will be back[/p][/quote]Agree. Look forward not back, and who knows. Nat/ Vydra were last season. Goals wern't a problem last season, they wont be this year. Forestieri, Fabb, Troy, Acuna, plus Britt who scores when he wants, would Matej on his form the second half of last season get in? As for Chab good player yes but he always wanted to go back. Iriney looks pure class,( with experience) and CB, AA have a year under there belts so central midfield with Murray and Smith having the opportunity to step up, and McGugan coming in too looks solid. I think this season we have two genuine quality players in each position. We threw away a good 15/20 points from good postions last year dont see that happening this season. I am even considering a season ticket and in 100 miles away now........ COYH Also agree on that sky article Bush Hornet, extremely poor biased article, which is not only weeks to early considering the windows still well open, but alot will leave off that list for the Premiership i expect.[/p][/quote]If you want a season ticket you better hurry, nearly sold allowed quota.[/p][/quote]I would love too. But now living so far away the 200 mile trip every other week on my pay is something I can't justify. I managed 7 games last year and the missus nearly killed me. I'm guessing demand for tickets will be high this year, i struggled for tickets the tail end of last season. Wouldn't be a problem if we had a whole ground would it ;) but that's a different story. hornetsdan1991
  • Score: 1

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