Troy Deeney describes Gianfranco Zola as 'easily the nicest guy in football' following his Watford departure

Watford Observer: Troy Deeney posted a picture of himself with Gianfranco Zola on Instagram - a different picture to the one above - accompanied with a message praising the former Watford head coach. Picture: Action Images Troy Deeney posted a picture of himself with Gianfranco Zola on Instagram - a different picture to the one above - accompanied with a message praising the former Watford head coach. Picture: Action Images

Troy Deeney says Gianfranco Zola has played a huge part in his career and described Watford’s former head coach as “easily the nicest man in football”.

Deeney scored 29 goals in 62 appearances during the Italian’s 17 months in charge of the Hornets.

The club’s current top scorer tweeted a picture of the pair on Instagram with a message.

It read: “This pic sums up the level of respect I have for this man. Spoke to him for an hour last night; he helped me massively in my career [and] he will be missed as he's easily the nicest man in football #gentleman.”

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10:09am Wed 18 Dec 13

SAHornet says...

Hmmmm, somehow I just don't buy his sincerity these days. Maybe I'm just being a bit too cynical.
Hmmmm, somehow I just don't buy his sincerity these days. Maybe I'm just being a bit too cynical. SAHornet

10:21am Wed 18 Dec 13

demerit says...

SAHornet wrote:
Hmmmm, somehow I just don't buy his sincerity these days. Maybe I'm just being a bit too cynical.
I must say I thought "Ahhhh.....that's nice.....but he's gone now so let's look to the future".
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Hmmmm, somehow I just don't buy his sincerity these days. Maybe I'm just being a bit too cynical.[/p][/quote]I must say I thought "Ahhhh.....that's nice.....but he's gone now so let's look to the future". demerit

10:24am Wed 18 Dec 13

Watfordwes says...

SAHornet wrote:
Hmmmm, somehow I just don't buy his sincerity these days. Maybe I'm just being a bit too cynical.
If he didn't like Zola he certainly isn't going to like a hard nosed Italian disciplinarian that he hadn't even heard of!!!
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Hmmmm, somehow I just don't buy his sincerity these days. Maybe I'm just being a bit too cynical.[/p][/quote]If he didn't like Zola he certainly isn't going to like a hard nosed Italian disciplinarian that he hadn't even heard of!!! Watfordwes

10:31am Wed 18 Dec 13

Cuetip says...

SAHornet wrote:
Hmmmm, somehow I just don't buy his sincerity these days. Maybe I'm just being a bit too cynical.
I appreciate your open honest comment but I do hope there is always room for exchanging compliments and human sentiment especially at this time of the year.

I suppose the bottom line in football is all about winning and you are only as good as your next game and looking over your shoulder.

Maybe this philosophy is creeping in every work place.
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Hmmmm, somehow I just don't buy his sincerity these days. Maybe I'm just being a bit too cynical.[/p][/quote]I appreciate your open honest comment but I do hope there is always room for exchanging compliments and human sentiment especially at this time of the year. I suppose the bottom line in football is all about winning and you are only as good as your next game and looking over your shoulder. Maybe this philosophy is creeping in every work place. Cuetip

10:39am Wed 18 Dec 13

Boosey says...

He should have thought about that as a team player not an individual but saying that, it's good he's showing his appreciation, now show us, once again, what you're made of, on the pitch.
He should have thought about that as a team player not an individual but saying that, it's good he's showing his appreciation, now show us, once again, what you're made of, on the pitch. Boosey

10:43am Wed 18 Dec 13

watfordrick says...

Yeah should have tried harder under Zola. Is not goona like the new regime and don't think they'll like him. Hope i'm wrong.
Yeah should have tried harder under Zola. Is not goona like the new regime and don't think they'll like him. Hope i'm wrong. watfordrick

10:55am Wed 18 Dec 13

Dr,Oftaw says...

watfordrick wrote:
Yeah should have tried harder under Zola. Is not goona like the new regime and don't think they'll like him. Hope i'm wrong.
well now its official we`ll find out
[quote][p][bold]watfordrick[/bold] wrote: Yeah should have tried harder under Zola. Is not goona like the new regime and don't think they'll like him. Hope i'm wrong.[/p][/quote]well now its official we`ll find out Dr,Oftaw

1:52pm Wed 18 Dec 13

DunstableHornet58 says...

We all know that Zola is the nicest man in football but I think that was his weakness. To be a successful manager you also need to have a ruthless streak and be able to give the players a "Fergie" hairdryer blast if things are not going well. I hope the new manager can do this as I felt the players let Zola down.
We all know that Zola is the nicest man in football but I think that was his weakness. To be a successful manager you also need to have a ruthless streak and be able to give the players a "Fergie" hairdryer blast if things are not going well. I hope the new manager can do this as I felt the players let Zola down. DunstableHornet58

4:09pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Dino1982 says...

Its taken him this long to say something.

Did he wait to see what his team mates were saying first.

Gona have to work that bit harder and look more interested from now on mate!
Its taken him this long to say something. Did he wait to see what his team mates were saying first. Gona have to work that bit harder and look more interested from now on mate! Dino1982

6:39pm Wed 18 Dec 13

aperfectcircle says...

Shame your one of the worst guys in football, Deeney.
Shame your one of the worst guys in football, Deeney. aperfectcircle

9:40pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Necrophiliac Hornet says...

Sadly, 'nice guy' rarely translates to 'winner' in a competitive world such as football.
Sadly, 'nice guy' rarely translates to 'winner' in a competitive world such as football. Necrophiliac Hornet

11:01pm Wed 18 Dec 13

rogeruk says...

I don't like Deeny, I don't trust him! Everything bad about Deeny was on show after his celebration recently at Leeds, It was disgusting and sums up Deeny, he was trouble and is trouble, he is a convicted thug who owes everything to Watford and the fans.

Lets not foreget his part either in the Leeds game last season at home. His 'main man' stupid comment did not go down well with the other players. He got goals because the opposition was marking Vydra leaving him space.

I hope the new regime get rid of him, I woiuld rather have Danny Graham, he was a good guy he worked his heart out he also fitted in very well with Swansea's beautiful football under Rodger's.
I don't like Deeny, I don't trust him! Everything bad about Deeny was on show after his celebration recently at Leeds, It was disgusting and sums up Deeny, he was trouble and is trouble, he is a convicted thug who owes everything to Watford and the fans. Lets not foreget his part either in the Leeds game last season at home. His 'main man' stupid comment did not go down well with the other players. He got goals because the opposition was marking Vydra leaving him space. I hope the new regime get rid of him, I woiuld rather have Danny Graham, he was a good guy he worked his heart out he also fitted in very well with Swansea's beautiful football under Rodger's. rogeruk

11:46am Thu 19 Dec 13

RobFleming says...

Thuggish moron. His total lack of effort since the transfer window closed is one of the contributing factors in Zola leaving.

Really hope he goes in January. He's been bad news since we got him. After his jail term he then let the club down with his sending off in the most important game of the season and a non-performance at Wembley.

It's evident this year that he was only getting goals because of the amount of chances being created and the work and movement of Vydra. Sell while we can.
Thuggish moron. His total lack of effort since the transfer window closed is one of the contributing factors in Zola leaving. Really hope he goes in January. He's been bad news since we got him. After his jail term he then let the club down with his sending off in the most important game of the season and a non-performance at Wembley. It's evident this year that he was only getting goals because of the amount of chances being created and the work and movement of Vydra. Sell while we can. RobFleming

1:45pm Thu 19 Dec 13

soulfulhornet says...

RobFleming wrote:
Thuggish moron. His total lack of effort since the transfer window closed is one of the contributing factors in Zola leaving. Really hope he goes in January. He's been bad news since we got him. After his jail term he then let the club down with his sending off in the most important game of the season and a non-performance at Wembley. It's evident this year that he was only getting goals because of the amount of chances being created and the work and movement of Vydra. Sell while we can.
Oh and don't forget the vital goals he scored at Hull and Leicester in the regular season run-in, plus the injurytime winner in the play off semi. When Matej stopped scoring and playing for the team (for whatever reason), it was Deeney's goals that helped drag us over the line. Under Zola he scored 1 in 2 games and without his nine this term we would be in the doo doo.

The main contributory factor to Zola leaving was not Troy's form alone, though he hasn't played well. There are other players too who ain't done the business.

From last season, we lost 34 goals from Vydra and Abdi. And with no Chalobah and Hogg, the back bone of last season's side was ripped out. In addition for a second time Zola had to integrate another batch of players - in numbers equivalent to a whole new side and without the coaches he had with him last term. In retrospect the near impossible job!

How much of that is Deeney's fault ? I think some of us are just looking for scapegoats and Troy's past an easy target.
[quote][p][bold]RobFleming[/bold] wrote: Thuggish moron. His total lack of effort since the transfer window closed is one of the contributing factors in Zola leaving. Really hope he goes in January. He's been bad news since we got him. After his jail term he then let the club down with his sending off in the most important game of the season and a non-performance at Wembley. It's evident this year that he was only getting goals because of the amount of chances being created and the work and movement of Vydra. Sell while we can.[/p][/quote]Oh and don't forget the vital goals he scored at Hull and Leicester in the regular season run-in, plus the injurytime winner in the play off semi. When Matej stopped scoring and playing for the team (for whatever reason), it was Deeney's goals that helped drag us over the line. Under Zola he scored 1 in 2 games and without his nine this term we would be in the doo doo. The main contributory factor to Zola leaving was not Troy's form alone, though he hasn't played well. There are other players too who ain't done the business. From last season, we lost 34 goals from Vydra and Abdi. And with no Chalobah and Hogg, the back bone of last season's side was ripped out. In addition for a second time Zola had to integrate another batch of players - in numbers equivalent to a whole new side and without the coaches he had with him last term. In retrospect the near impossible job! How much of that is Deeney's fault ? I think some of us are just looking for scapegoats and Troy's past an easy target. soulfulhornet

8:49pm Thu 19 Dec 13

hexhamhornet says...

Not sure why people can't just let Deeney have his say. What he says is right, but as others have pointed out Zola's niceness is his weakness. He has been made to take on too many players who do not really know the English game and has blended two teams in two years. Now the board have gone for a new manager who has not succeeded at the top level and it will be interesting to see if he can do well with what he has got. I hope the club do not invest more in players who have no knowledge of the English game but bolster the team with players who know what needs to be done, whether they are English or not.

Just for the record I would have loved to see someone like Di Matteo as manager, or a return of Malky who is now about to be available!
Not sure why people can't just let Deeney have his say. What he says is right, but as others have pointed out Zola's niceness is his weakness. He has been made to take on too many players who do not really know the English game and has blended two teams in two years. Now the board have gone for a new manager who has not succeeded at the top level and it will be interesting to see if he can do well with what he has got. I hope the club do not invest more in players who have no knowledge of the English game but bolster the team with players who know what needs to be done, whether they are English or not. Just for the record I would have loved to see someone like Di Matteo as manager, or a return of Malky who is now about to be available! hexhamhornet

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