Watford players told shape up or you will be moved on

Watford players told shape up or you will be moved on

Watford players told shape up or you will be moved on

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Watford's players need to “step up” or they won’t be at the club next season.

That is the view of Hornets striker Troy Deeney.

The Golden Boys missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the 2012/13 campaign and went on to lose the play-off final.

Deeney admits the players thought they would “steamroll” the Championship this season but that hasn’t been the case, with the team eight points below the top six.

The 25-year-old said: “We had a big upheaval and, mentally, a lot of us have had to change.

“Last year, everything was going really well and now we’ve had a bit of a coming down period where teams have sussed us out. We’ve had to reinvent ourselves. We’re doing that now and we need to kick on.

“We had a great start and we thought we were going to steamroll every team. I wouldn’t say we didn’t put the work in but, mentally, we weren’t in the right place to go to win a game.

“The old manager left and the new one has come in and given everybody a kick up the backside. You have to step your game up or you won’t be here. Simple as that.”

Beppe Sannino has been at Watford three months and has started to answer some questions in English when conducting his post-match press conferences.

“He’s coming along. He’s trying,” Deeney said of Sannino’s English. “I’m not naïve enough to think someone’s going to pick up the language in a few months. I couldn’t go to Italy and learn Italian in three months.

“We have a bit of banter. I’ve picked up a few Italian words, so I give him a bit of stick in Italian.

“Most of his team talks are in English now. It’s a bit broken but there’s a few guys in the team who speak Italian and English, so it’s not a massive problem. A lot of the words are pretty similar, so you know what he’s on about.

“It’s football, at the end of the day. You’ve still just got to go out and win, that’s all that matters.”

The Hornets are eight points below the top six with eight matches remaining. But with a game in hand, the play-off dream is not completely out of the question.

Deeney is a realist though.

“It’s eight points with a game in hand so you never know but, at the same time, we’ve won one game away from home, it’s not really the time to be banging on about the play-offs.

“We’re going to have to really keep knocking the wins out and you never know. That’s the beauty of football. We just want to do what we’re doing and hopefully be in and around it in the last couple of games of the season,” the striker added.

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2:24pm Fri 4 Apr 14

mooneysmagic says...

These sort of comments should be made by the owners or manager, not a player. This will only cause disharmony in the squad and I think is another indication that Deeney will be playing elsewhere next season.
These sort of comments should be made by the owners or manager, not a player. This will only cause disharmony in the squad and I think is another indication that Deeney will be playing elsewhere next season. mooneysmagic
  • Score: -79

2:30pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Bush Hornet says...

mooneysmagic wrote:
These sort of comments should be made by the owners or manager, not a player. This will only cause disharmony in the squad and I think is another indication that Deeney will be playing elsewhere next season.
Disagree. He's just saying how it is. Not pointing the finger at anyone and not excluding himself from criticism.
[quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: These sort of comments should be made by the owners or manager, not a player. This will only cause disharmony in the squad and I think is another indication that Deeney will be playing elsewhere next season.[/p][/quote]Disagree. He's just saying how it is. Not pointing the finger at anyone and not excluding himself from criticism. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 69

2:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Bush Hornet says...

Anyway, hopefully he'll do his talking with his feet tomorrow.
Anyway, hopefully he'll do his talking with his feet tomorrow. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 27

3:27pm Fri 4 Apr 14

not a regular says...

mooneysmagic wrote:
These sort of comments should be made by the owners or manager, not a player. This will only cause disharmony in the squad and I think is another indication that Deeney will be playing elsewhere next season.
You know normally I'd say you're right, but actually I think he recognises a couple of things: one is that the fans haven't really been able to relate quite as much and he feels like a captain and a strong link between us. Secondly, would he really be so concerned with local media appearances (he's commentated on 3CR) if he wasn't enjoying his time here? If he wants to go I don't think anyone could begrudge him it (hell, DG is still highly regarded after half the time) but to say he's going to cause disharmony? Please.
[quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: These sort of comments should be made by the owners or manager, not a player. This will only cause disharmony in the squad and I think is another indication that Deeney will be playing elsewhere next season.[/p][/quote]You know normally I'd say you're right, but actually I think he recognises a couple of things: one is that the fans haven't really been able to relate quite as much and he feels like a captain and a strong link between us. Secondly, would he really be so concerned with local media appearances (he's commentated on 3CR) if he wasn't enjoying his time here? If he wants to go I don't think anyone could begrudge him it (hell, DG is still highly regarded after half the time) but to say he's going to cause disharmony? Please. not a regular
  • Score: 22

3:31pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Hairy Hornet says...

Fine in theory, but if a player has a contract and doesnt want to go or no-one wants him you are stuck with him. Ross Jenkins springs to mind.
Fine in theory, but if a player has a contract and doesnt want to go or no-one wants him you are stuck with him. Ross Jenkins springs to mind. Hairy Hornet
  • Score: -9

3:52pm Fri 4 Apr 14

WFCinexile says...

I think Troy is spot on with his comments, it's refreshing to have a player who is so honest and open. It's a credit to the club that they let the players do this and don't just get them to reel out the same old cliche's.
I think Troy is spot on with his comments, it's refreshing to have a player who is so honest and open. It's a credit to the club that they let the players do this and don't just get them to reel out the same old cliche's. WFCinexile
  • Score: 19

4:06pm Fri 4 Apr 14

andyhooked says...

Does anyone think that Troy's commnets are made by himself? This must have been an arranged interview planted by WFC. It is not, in my mind, a question of Frank sitting down with Troy and having a heart-to-heart without prior briefing by WFC. I have no problems with the comments attributed to Troy. With the permission of WFC he has said what we all want to hear.
Does anyone think that Troy's commnets are made by himself? This must have been an arranged interview planted by WFC. It is not, in my mind, a question of Frank sitting down with Troy and having a heart-to-heart without prior briefing by WFC. I have no problems with the comments attributed to Troy. With the permission of WFC he has said what we all want to hear. andyhooked
  • Score: -13

4:07pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Nick El Greco says...

Hairy Hornet wrote:
Fine in theory, but if a player has a contract and doesnt want to go or no-one wants him you are stuck with him. Ross Jenkins springs to mind.
Jenkins is out of contract in June
[quote][p][bold]Hairy Hornet[/bold] wrote: Fine in theory, but if a player has a contract and doesnt want to go or no-one wants him you are stuck with him. Ross Jenkins springs to mind.[/p][/quote]Jenkins is out of contract in June Nick El Greco
  • Score: 1

6:05pm Fri 4 Apr 14

1234566789 says...

Hairy Hornet wrote:
Fine in theory, but if a player has a contract and doesnt want to go or no-one wants him you are stuck with him. Ross Jenkins springs to mind.
Beauty of having players on loan, ay?
[quote][p][bold]Hairy Hornet[/bold] wrote: Fine in theory, but if a player has a contract and doesnt want to go or no-one wants him you are stuck with him. Ross Jenkins springs to mind.[/p][/quote]Beauty of having players on loan, ay? 1234566789
  • Score: 2

6:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

cliff46 says...

mooneysmagic wrote:
These sort of comments should be made by the owners or manager, not a player. This will only cause disharmony in the squad and I think is another indication that Deeney will be playing elsewhere next season.
Surely he is indicating that is the message that Sannino has transmitted to the squad. If that is the message all the players were given, that's fine with me.
[quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: These sort of comments should be made by the owners or manager, not a player. This will only cause disharmony in the squad and I think is another indication that Deeney will be playing elsewhere next season.[/p][/quote]Surely he is indicating that is the message that Sannino has transmitted to the squad. If that is the message all the players were given, that's fine with me. cliff46
  • Score: 11

9:05pm Fri 4 Apr 14

David:-) says...

Troy would be laughing his bead off at the idea the club have told him what to say! He's a straightforward bloke telling it how it is and he's right.

He'll be Club captain next year.
Troy would be laughing his bead off at the idea the club have told him what to say! He's a straightforward bloke telling it how it is and he's right. He'll be Club captain next year. David:-)
  • Score: 0

10:01pm Fri 4 Apr 14

longcliffe says...

That Knockaert isn't such a bad player.

Enjoy the championship! !!!
That Knockaert isn't such a bad player. Enjoy the championship! !!! longcliffe
  • Score: -20

10:10pm Fri 4 Apr 14

exeterhornet says...

I will put my hand up and admit that early season I doubted the guys attitude and commitment but I have to say the guy is turning in to the ultimate pro. I honestly think his peaks from both the heart and the head. Glad we have him on board and hope he stays to see us over the finishing line, next year , if not this
I will put my hand up and admit that early season I doubted the guys attitude and commitment but I have to say the guy is turning in to the ultimate pro. I honestly think his peaks from both the heart and the head. Glad we have him on board and hope he stays to see us over the finishing line, next year , if not this exeterhornet
  • Score: 4

1:12pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Retlas says...

longcliffe wrote:
That Knockaert isn't such a bad player.

Enjoy the championship! !!!
Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!!
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: That Knockaert isn't such a bad player. Enjoy the championship! !!![/p][/quote]Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!! Retlas
  • Score: 4

1:45pm Sat 5 Apr 14

longcliffe says...

Retlas wrote:
longcliffe wrote:
That Knockaert isn't such a bad player.

Enjoy the championship! !!!
Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!!
You keep dreaming mate.
[quote][p][bold]Retlas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: That Knockaert isn't such a bad player. Enjoy the championship! !!![/p][/quote]Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!![/p][/quote]You keep dreaming mate. longcliffe
  • Score: -4

2:45pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Retlas says...

longcliffe wrote:
Retlas wrote:
longcliffe wrote:
That Knockaert isn't such a bad player.

Enjoy the championship! !!!
Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!!
You keep dreaming mate.
You are not my mate - i prefer wowen - but whatever floats your boat!!
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Retlas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: That Knockaert isn't such a bad player. Enjoy the championship! !!![/p][/quote]Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!![/p][/quote]You keep dreaming mate.[/p][/quote]You are not my mate - i prefer wowen - but whatever floats your boat!! Retlas
  • Score: 0

5:36pm Sat 5 Apr 14

longcliffe says...

Retlas wrote:
longcliffe wrote:
Retlas wrote:
longcliffe wrote:
That Knockaert isn't such a bad player.

Enjoy the championship! !!!
Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!!
You keep dreaming mate.
You are not my mate - i prefer wowen - but whatever floats your boat!!
Why do you assume I am a male?
[quote][p][bold]Retlas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Retlas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: That Knockaert isn't such a bad player. Enjoy the championship! !!![/p][/quote]Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!![/p][/quote]You keep dreaming mate.[/p][/quote]You are not my mate - i prefer wowen - but whatever floats your boat!![/p][/quote]Why do you assume I am a male? longcliffe
  • Score: -1

9:16pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Bertster says...

longcliffe wrote:
Retlas wrote:
longcliffe wrote:
Retlas wrote:
longcliffe wrote:
That Knockaert isn't such a bad player.

Enjoy the championship! !!!
Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!!
You keep dreaming mate.
You are not my mate - i prefer wowen - but whatever floats your boat!!
Why do you assume I am a male?
Longcliffe you are a complete ****. And if I wanted to listen to an arse hole I would of ****!!! Fcuk off and do 1.
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Retlas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Retlas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: That Knockaert isn't such a bad player. Enjoy the championship! !!![/p][/quote]Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!![/p][/quote]You keep dreaming mate.[/p][/quote]You are not my mate - i prefer wowen - but whatever floats your boat!![/p][/quote]Why do you assume I am a male?[/p][/quote]Longcliffe you are a complete ****. And if I wanted to listen to an arse hole I would of ****!!! Fcuk off and do 1. Bertster
  • Score: 1

7:58pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

longcliffe wrote:
Retlas wrote:
longcliffe wrote:
That Knockaert isn't such a bad player.

Enjoy the championship! !!!
Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!!
You keep dreaming mate.
Still so bitter. I really wouldn't swap that joyous day for promotion this year. It will last forever as one of the most exciting games in our history. You can't replace that with getting promoted and then relegated. Apart from Knockeart (bless him) I sincerely hope the rest of you do well.
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Retlas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: That Knockaert isn't such a bad player. Enjoy the championship! !!![/p][/quote]Enjoy one season in the Prem as we pass each other at the end of next season!![/p][/quote]You keep dreaming mate.[/p][/quote]Still so bitter. I really wouldn't swap that joyous day for promotion this year. It will last forever as one of the most exciting games in our history. You can't replace that with getting promoted and then relegated. Apart from Knockeart (bless him) I sincerely hope the rest of you do well. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 0

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