UPDATE: Beppe Sannino: 'You can't imagine the difference between the Championship and Serie B'

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Beppe Sannino says the response of Watford’s fans has left him emotional and believes the Hornets supporters deserve to be in the Premier League.

The 56-year-old had spent the whole of his coaching career in Italy prior to his arrival in Hertfordshire in December.

He has often referred to the impressive support of English fans, highlighting that there is not the same devotion in Serie B, which is the Championship’s equivalent in Italy.

Sannino explained that around 200 or 300 fans would follow Varese to their away matches in Serie B whereas almost 1,800 Watford followers travelled to Queens Park Rangers’ Loftus Road on Monday.

“You can’t even imagine how different it is,” Sannino said. “The average is nearly 16,000 at Vicarage Road. When I started my job as coach at Varese [Italy’s League 2 equivalent] there were 2,000 or 3,000 people. When I finished my work at Varese there were 10,000 fans but that was the play-off semi-final (in Serie B, the same level as the Championship).

“In England I am impressed by how many people follow this league. Every time I speak with my colleagues and friends in Italy I say ‘you can’t even imagine how many supporters we have in the stadium’.

“Monday was fantastic; I was impressed by our supporters. For a football player or a manager it is fantastic, it’s very emotional.”

Sannino was the subject of a couple of chants by the Watford fans during the QPR game, with the most popular to the tune of Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’.

The Hornets head coach was asked about the fans’ chants about him in his post-match press conference.

He replied: “I have to say sorry to the supporters because sometimes I can’t repay their singing because I am too focused on the match.

“Today the fans showed me that they deserve to be Premier League fans. The Championship is not good enough for them.

“I don’t know what will happen in the future but I will really try to gift the supporters Premier League football.”

Sannino has also been impressed by the quality of the Championship stadiums, as well as the fans.

He said: “At the end of my experience in Watford I would like to have a DVD of myself on the touchline in each stadium I managed at: Manchester City, QPR, Reading, Bolton, Leicester, Derby.

“If you showed this in Italy there would be a lot of people who would envy me.

“Everybody from Italy, when they see Watford matches, they say they are very impressed by how many people are there and about the set-up of the stadiums.”

More than 9,500 Watford supporters renewed their season tickets during the two-week Earlybird window, which shut on Saturday.

“In France you say chapeau; it means I take my hat off to you,” Sannino replied when he was told how many fans had renewed already.

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11:24am Fri 25 Apr 14

neilhorn says...

You just have to like this guy
You just have to like this guy neilhorn
  • Score: 79

11:40am Fri 25 Apr 14

MainStandShambles says...

neilhorn wrote:
You just have to like this guy
Agreed neilhorn, he seems to be a positive man who exudes brightness even through his intense touchline demeanor. If this transmits itself to the players it will help them to be more relaxed and play in an upbeat, positive way. My guess is that he is a good man-manager behind the scenes.

Let's hope so anyway. Onwards and upwards with a bit of strengthening and tweaking during the close season.
[quote][p][bold]neilhorn[/bold] wrote: You just have to like this guy[/p][/quote]Agreed neilhorn, he seems to be a positive man who exudes brightness even through his intense touchline demeanor. If this transmits itself to the players it will help them to be more relaxed and play in an upbeat, positive way. My guess is that he is a good man-manager behind the scenes. Let's hope so anyway. Onwards and upwards with a bit of strengthening and tweaking during the close season. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 46

12:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

Love this guy!!
Someone who is genuinely grateful to be in the position he is and not taking any moment for granted!
Comment at the end made me laugh, an Italian working in England, learning English and Quoting French! Mad as a box of frogs!
I really hope he has what it takes to get us ticking next season and going up as champions.
Love this guy!! Someone who is genuinely grateful to be in the position he is and not taking any moment for granted! Comment at the end made me laugh, an Italian working in England, learning English and Quoting French! Mad as a box of frogs! I really hope he has what it takes to get us ticking next season and going up as champions. Ronny oh Ronny Ronny
  • Score: 45

12:45pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Play-Off Pete says...

A very pleasant / impressive man - he seems very focused; committed; AND is appearing to get decent performances out of the team.

I was hoping he would get the chance to dictate who comes and who goes for next season but ... I see the vultures like West Ham are hovering for the likes of Angella already ???

Oh well, "C'est la vie" as the great man himself might say ...
A very pleasant / impressive man - he seems very focused; committed; AND is appearing to get decent performances out of the team. I was hoping he would get the chance to dictate who comes and who goes for next season but ... I see the vultures like West Ham are hovering for the likes of Angella already ??? Oh well, "C'est la vie" as the great man himself might say ... Play-Off Pete
  • Score: 16

1:27pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Boosey says...

Love this man and he's done the impossible by making me love my club even more!
Love this man and he's done the impossible by making me love my club even more! Boosey
  • Score: 15

1:38pm Fri 25 Apr 14

HornetJJ says...

He really is a top bloke!
He really is a top bloke! HornetJJ
  • Score: 20

2:47pm Fri 25 Apr 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

He is a nice guy and endearing himself to the fans as did Zola however,
nice guys alone don't always get you promoted - just saying.
He is a nice guy and endearing himself to the fans as did Zola however, nice guys alone don't always get you promoted - just saying. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: -13

3:17pm Fri 25 Apr 14

JonBoy says...

This is a very good PR exercise
This is a very good PR exercise JonBoy
  • Score: -6

3:52pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Abbotshorn says...

I hope that he is strong enough to tell the owners who he REALLY needs, and we go marching onwards with him at the helm, BEPPE's YELLOW ARMY!!!
I hope that he is strong enough to tell the owners who he REALLY needs, and we go marching onwards with him at the helm, BEPPE's YELLOW ARMY!!! Abbotshorn
  • Score: 12

4:06pm Fri 25 Apr 14

green chilli says...

Ya it down 2 him that we get done with late goals
Ya it down 2 him that we get done with late goals green chilli
  • Score: -29

4:37pm Fri 25 Apr 14

watford1881 says...

What sort of contract is the man on.. One year rolling?? No one seams to know.. Beppe deserves at least another year...
What sort of contract is the man on.. One year rolling?? No one seams to know.. Beppe deserves at least another year... watford1881
  • Score: 8

5:42pm Fri 25 Apr 14

SAHornet says...

What's with the Angella/West Ham story? Have searched but found nothing.
What's with the Angella/West Ham story? Have searched but found nothing. SAHornet
  • Score: 6

6:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

SAHornet wrote:
What's with the Angella/West Ham story? Have searched but found nothing.
There's been a few stories circulating in both Italian and WHU circles.
An Italian site www.tuttomercatoweb has carried the story saying Angella is "playing an important season for a Watford, but has attracted the sirens of West Ham and Sunderland".
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: What's with the Angella/West Ham story? Have searched but found nothing.[/p][/quote]There's been a few stories circulating in both Italian and WHU circles. An Italian site www.tuttomercatoweb has carried the story saying Angella is "playing an important season for a Watford, but has attracted the sirens of West Ham and Sunderland". The BestTrip2011
  • Score: -1

7:06pm Fri 25 Apr 14

StewartScullion says...

The BestTrip2011 wrote:
He is a nice guy and endearing himself to the fans as did Zola however,
nice guys alone don't always get you promoted - just saying.
Gianfranco Zola was a lovely guy capable of producing
Very attractive football.He never looked comfortable
In the role and appeared daunted by pressure.
Sanino is very different.He has stabilised the ship and
Shown he has a great character.Ultimately

he needs to show how strong he is in obtaining
The players he needs to take this club into
The premiership
[quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: He is a nice guy and endearing himself to the fans as did Zola however, nice guys alone don't always get you promoted - just saying.[/p][/quote]Gianfranco Zola was a lovely guy capable of producing Very attractive football.He never looked comfortable In the role and appeared daunted by pressure. Sanino is very different.He has stabilised the ship and Shown he has a great character.Ultimately he needs to show how strong he is in obtaining The players he needs to take this club into The premiership StewartScullion
  • Score: 8

7:18pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Sleeping with the enemy says...

StewartScullion wrote:
The BestTrip2011 wrote:
He is a nice guy and endearing himself to the fans as did Zola however,
nice guys alone don't always get you promoted - just saying.
Gianfranco Zola was a lovely guy capable of producing
Very attractive football.He never looked comfortable
In the role and appeared daunted by pressure.
Sanino is very different.He has stabilised the ship and
Shown he has a great character.Ultimately


he needs to show how strong he is in obtaining
The players he needs to take this club into
The premiership
I just hope that he is given the time and the chance to do so.

After an uncertain start, due largely to fact that it was a step into the unknown for all concerned, I firmly believe that if he is given the right backing we have every chance of achieving our goal under his guidance.
[quote][p][bold]StewartScullion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: He is a nice guy and endearing himself to the fans as did Zola however, nice guys alone don't always get you promoted - just saying.[/p][/quote]Gianfranco Zola was a lovely guy capable of producing Very attractive football.He never looked comfortable In the role and appeared daunted by pressure. Sanino is very different.He has stabilised the ship and Shown he has a great character.Ultimately he needs to show how strong he is in obtaining The players he needs to take this club into The premiership[/p][/quote]I just hope that he is given the time and the chance to do so. After an uncertain start, due largely to fact that it was a step into the unknown for all concerned, I firmly believe that if he is given the right backing we have every chance of achieving our goal under his guidance. Sleeping with the enemy
  • Score: 10

10:09pm Fri 25 Apr 14

matey_from_brighton says...

wont be disappointed to see him as our manager for next year, the style of play is improving whilst the results are still there. Still work to do but if he can sort out the late goal problem and get our away form going a bit better then we should have a good season next year. I like his post match comments - he doesn't embarrass our club like Holloway, Ince etc. even when we have been subject to crap refereeing, last minute goals etc.
wont be disappointed to see him as our manager for next year, the style of play is improving whilst the results are still there. Still work to do but if he can sort out the late goal problem and get our away form going a bit better then we should have a good season next year. I like his post match comments - he doesn't embarrass our club like Holloway, Ince etc. even when we have been subject to crap refereeing, last minute goals etc. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 7

4:42am Sat 26 Apr 14

29April1975WasBottom says...

watford1881 wrote:
What sort of contract is the man on.. One year rolling?? No one seams to know.. Beppe deserves at least another year...
He's on a contract till end of this season with the Pozzos having an option to renew for an additional 12 months.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: What sort of contract is the man on.. One year rolling?? No one seams to know.. Beppe deserves at least another year...[/p][/quote]He's on a contract till end of this season with the Pozzos having an option to renew for an additional 12 months. 29April1975WasBottom
  • Score: 2

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