Former Watford manager Sean Dyche believes Gianfranco Zola will turn Hornets' fortunes around over time

Watford Observer: Burnley manager Sean Dyche (right) and Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola. Picture: Action Images Burnley manager Sean Dyche (right) and Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola. Picture: Action Images

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is sure Watford boss Gianfranco Zola will turn the Hornets’ form around and suggested more perspective is needed when assessing the club’s current situation.

Dyche, who made 78 appearances for Watford before becoming manager for the 2011/12 season, has led Burnley to third in the Championship – currently 12 points and nine places higher than the Golden Boys.

Watford have been struggling for form of late but when asked about his former club after the match, Dyche was full of praise.

“They're a good side and they’ve got some good players,” he said.

“I think the expectation after last year went through the roof but it’s not easy to get a new bunch of players in and create a side.

“I think Gianfranco will get it sorted over time - I don’t think it’s that wrong actually, I don’t think it’s that broken."

He added: “Make no mistake Watford are a good side, they’re having an indifferent spell but they have a good manager, it’s a good club and there are some really good players there.”

Recent results have led some Hornets’ supporters to question Zola’s position as head coach but Dyche suggested more patience and perspective is needed.

“I believe there’s a bit of news down there that’s questioning everything but I think it was only a short while ago that the club wasn’t delivering what it’s delivering now,” Dyche said.

“It didn’t have the resources and now they have got resources - I think there’s a new stand going up and there’s some very good things going on down there.

“Gianfranco is a good man and he’s doing a good job.”

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4:31pm Wed 4 Dec 13

paultheshrink says...

Do you think it feels as odd to him to be talking about us as it is for us to listen to it? What price hindsight?
Do you think it feels as odd to him to be talking about us as it is for us to listen to it? What price hindsight? paultheshrink

4:39pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

He's a gracious man. He has reason to be bitter but he's moved on. God bless the ginger one.
He's a gracious man. He has reason to be bitter but he's moved on. God bless the ginger one. Bush Hornet

4:39pm Wed 4 Dec 13

dmuz says...

Wish someone would've asked Dyche if he'd coached his players to play against a 3-5-2 for this match. The answer would probably be 'yes, same as every other manager in this league'.

It was a belated change to 4 at the back but very welcome... for now.
Wish someone would've asked Dyche if he'd coached his players to play against a 3-5-2 for this match. The answer would probably be 'yes, same as every other manager in this league'. It was a belated change to 4 at the back but very welcome... for now. dmuz

4:49pm Wed 4 Dec 13

hogweed says...

Not sure I'm bothered what Sean thinks. All I care about is the fact we have not scored one goal in the last three matches which is woeful. As a matter of interest where are the goal gonna come from moving forward?

Hog out
Not sure I'm bothered what Sean thinks. All I care about is the fact we have not scored one goal in the last three matches which is woeful. As a matter of interest where are the goal gonna come from moving forward? Hog out hogweed

4:49pm Wed 4 Dec 13

hogweed says...

meant goals last line

Hog out
meant goals last line Hog out hogweed

4:54pm Wed 4 Dec 13

mellow yellow says...

hogweed wrote:
Not sure I'm bothered what Sean thinks. All I care about is the fact we have not scored one goal in the last three matches which is woeful. As a matter of interest where are the goal gonna come from moving forward?

Hog out
They will mainly come from feet, heads, and occasionally shins.
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: Not sure I'm bothered what Sean thinks. All I care about is the fact we have not scored one goal in the last three matches which is woeful. As a matter of interest where are the goal gonna come from moving forward? Hog out[/p][/quote]They will mainly come from feet, heads, and occasionally shins. mellow yellow

5:01pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Summer breeze says...

What a gent Sean Dyche is. I really liked him and thought he did wonders with us considering he had no money or support and alleged dodgy goings-on in the background. I was sad when he was dumped by the new owners, but, like everyone, was glad of the investment and had to move on (just like he had to). So - onwards and upwards with GFZ. As for Sean: 'always be nice to people on the way up as you could meet them again on the way down!' ...fate can be a fickle friend, never know what might happen in the future.
What a gent Sean Dyche is. I really liked him and thought he did wonders with us considering he had no money or support and alleged dodgy goings-on in the background. I was sad when he was dumped by the new owners, but, like everyone, was glad of the investment and had to move on (just like he had to). So - onwards and upwards with GFZ. As for Sean: 'always be nice to people on the way up as you could meet them again on the way down!' ...fate can be a fickle friend, never know what might happen in the future. Summer breeze

5:20pm Wed 4 Dec 13

allgood says...

hogweed wrote:
Not sure I'm bothered what Sean thinks. All I care about is the fact we have not scored one goal in the last three matches which is woeful. As a matter of interest where are the goal gonna come from moving forward?

Hog out
Law of averages means we should score plenty at Leeds. No way can we go 4 without scoring. Also can't have 5 home defeats in a row so at least a draw V Sheff Wed.
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: Not sure I'm bothered what Sean thinks. All I care about is the fact we have not scored one goal in the last three matches which is woeful. As a matter of interest where are the goal gonna come from moving forward? Hog out[/p][/quote]Law of averages means we should score plenty at Leeds. No way can we go 4 without scoring. Also can't have 5 home defeats in a row so at least a draw V Sheff Wed. allgood

5:32pm Wed 4 Dec 13

cliff46 says...

hogweed wrote:
Not sure I'm bothered what Sean thinks. All I care about is the fact we have not scored one goal in the last three matches which is woeful. As a matter of interest where are the goal gonna come from moving forward?

Hog out
If we are to make lasting progress sorting out the defensive record is surely the priority. Once that is fixed we can move on to be more expansive. No club gets promoted out of the championship without being defensively sound..
0-0 at Burnley is an excellent start.
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: Not sure I'm bothered what Sean thinks. All I care about is the fact we have not scored one goal in the last three matches which is woeful. As a matter of interest where are the goal gonna come from moving forward? Hog out[/p][/quote]If we are to make lasting progress sorting out the defensive record is surely the priority. Once that is fixed we can move on to be more expansive. No club gets promoted out of the championship without being defensively sound.. 0-0 at Burnley is an excellent start. cliff46

7:12pm Wed 4 Dec 13

d.j.smith says...

Very generous and helpful words from Mr Dyche. What a pity the Pozzos could not have persuaded him to stay on at Watford as co-manager (wrong title, but something that gave him more status than 'assistant'); he would have been an ideal complement to Gianfranco - bit like Wenger and Rice, or Taylor and Mee.
Very generous and helpful words from Mr Dyche. What a pity the Pozzos could not have persuaded him to stay on at Watford as co-manager (wrong title, but something that gave him more status than 'assistant'); he would have been an ideal complement to Gianfranco - bit like Wenger and Rice, or Taylor and Mee. d.j.smith

7:51pm Wed 4 Dec 13

micksolly says...

Summer breeze wrote:
What a gent Sean Dyche is. I really liked him and thought he did wonders with us considering he had no money or support and alleged dodgy goings-on in the background. I was sad when he was dumped by the new owners, but, like everyone, was glad of the investment and had to move on (just like he had to). So - onwards and upwards with GFZ. As for Sean: 'always be nice to people on the way up as you could meet them again on the way down!' ...fate can be a fickle friend, never know what might happen in the future.
Agreed no sour grapes from a good pro and a good man, who did a great job at our club.
[quote][p][bold]Summer breeze[/bold] wrote: What a gent Sean Dyche is. I really liked him and thought he did wonders with us considering he had no money or support and alleged dodgy goings-on in the background. I was sad when he was dumped by the new owners, but, like everyone, was glad of the investment and had to move on (just like he had to). So - onwards and upwards with GFZ. As for Sean: 'always be nice to people on the way up as you could meet them again on the way down!' ...fate can be a fickle friend, never know what might happen in the future.[/p][/quote]Agreed no sour grapes from a good pro and a good man, who did a great job at our club. micksolly

11:22pm Wed 4 Dec 13

JohnnyBarnes says...

Quite right... an absolute gentleman
I was really disappointed when he went, but Zola - despite being an incredible footballer - is a man with just as much humility and integrity, and I'm proud he's our manager.
I also believe now that the switch was necessary given the ambition that the Pozzos have for us, because it's a lot easier to attract top players with a big name in charge.
I went last night, and the second half in particular demonstrated a desire and fight that I've not seen for a few games. Long may that continue.
Quite right... an absolute gentleman I was really disappointed when he went, but Zola - despite being an incredible footballer - is a man with just as much humility and integrity, and I'm proud he's our manager. I also believe now that the switch was necessary given the ambition that the Pozzos have for us, because it's a lot easier to attract top players with a big name in charge. I went last night, and the second half in particular demonstrated a desire and fight that I've not seen for a few games. Long may that continue. JohnnyBarnes

8:25am Thu 5 Dec 13

akureyri says...

When the time comes for GFZ to move can we have Sean Dyche back? With the resource we now have he could be unstoppable.
When the time comes for GFZ to move can we have Sean Dyche back? With the resource we now have he could be unstoppable. akureyri

9:43am Thu 5 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

d.j.smith wrote:
Very generous and helpful words from Mr Dyche. What a pity the Pozzos could not have persuaded him to stay on at Watford as co-manager (wrong title, but something that gave him more status than 'assistant'); he would have been an ideal complement to Gianfranco - bit like Wenger and Rice, or Taylor and Mee.
In theory that idea could have worked, in practice it's highly unlikely either party would have agreed to it, particularly as they didn't know each other. I can't think of an example of a Manager appointing his predecessor to work alongside him.....just too potentially divisive.
[quote][p][bold]d.j.smith[/bold] wrote: Very generous and helpful words from Mr Dyche. What a pity the Pozzos could not have persuaded him to stay on at Watford as co-manager (wrong title, but something that gave him more status than 'assistant'); he would have been an ideal complement to Gianfranco - bit like Wenger and Rice, or Taylor and Mee.[/p][/quote]In theory that idea could have worked, in practice it's highly unlikely either party would have agreed to it, particularly as they didn't know each other. I can't think of an example of a Manager appointing his predecessor to work alongside him.....just too potentially divisive. Harry's Bar

12:35pm Thu 5 Dec 13

bigdave8 says...

600 odd tickets sold for saturday so far. come on lads lets get to at least 1000. £34 is the wrong price though !!! I hope we charge them the same when they come down to the Vic . p1 sstakers
600 odd tickets sold for saturday so far. come on lads lets get to at least 1000. £34 is the wrong price though !!! I hope we charge them the same when they come down to the Vic . p1 sstakers bigdave8

1:02pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Goldenboy1960 says...

dmuz wrote:
Wish someone would've asked Dyche if he'd coached his players to play against a 3-5-2 for this match. The answer would probably be 'yes, same as every other manager in this league'.

It was a belated change to 4 at the back but very welcome... for now.
No it is a good move to go to a back 4 full stop. Name me a top team that doesn't play with a back 4? I suggest none, even Barcelona and Real Madrid. Get that bedded in, stop teams getting down the side of our C/H's and build team play from a back 4 including more rotation getting the full backs further forward. Anya would be better playing without too many defensive duties when he is fit. Keep a back 5 settled then you can play 4-5-1, or 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, with rotation and easily change within games creating flexibility and surprise.

Last year we conceded too many goals but because we were scoring plenty it was fine. Now we have to get it right and need to defend set pieces better. In the Premiership a lot of goals are scored from set pieces so we need to make sure that we get it right. The first Yeovil goal was a free header at the far post from a corner. This needs to be addressed and lots of work done on the training ground. Go in at 0-0 and it is a different game. That goal gave Yeovil a massive lift and us an opposite feeling. Defend that properly and it changes the feel of the game.

KEEP A BACK 4
[quote][p][bold]dmuz[/bold] wrote: Wish someone would've asked Dyche if he'd coached his players to play against a 3-5-2 for this match. The answer would probably be 'yes, same as every other manager in this league'. It was a belated change to 4 at the back but very welcome... for now.[/p][/quote]No it is a good move to go to a back 4 full stop. Name me a top team that doesn't play with a back 4? I suggest none, even Barcelona and Real Madrid. Get that bedded in, stop teams getting down the side of our C/H's and build team play from a back 4 including more rotation getting the full backs further forward. Anya would be better playing without too many defensive duties when he is fit. Keep a back 5 settled then you can play 4-5-1, or 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, with rotation and easily change within games creating flexibility and surprise. Last year we conceded too many goals but because we were scoring plenty it was fine. Now we have to get it right and need to defend set pieces better. In the Premiership a lot of goals are scored from set pieces so we need to make sure that we get it right. The first Yeovil goal was a free header at the far post from a corner. This needs to be addressed and lots of work done on the training ground. Go in at 0-0 and it is a different game. That goal gave Yeovil a massive lift and us an opposite feeling. Defend that properly and it changes the feel of the game. KEEP A BACK 4 Goldenboy1960

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