Beppe Sannino claimed he was unable to express the pain he felt inside after Watford finished the 2013/14 campaign in “the worst possible manner” this afternoon.
The Hornets’ season ended with an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Huddersfield Town and made it four consecutive defeats, with the final three coming after very poor displays from the Golden Boys.
Sannino was as dejected as he has been all season when approaching the media following the Huddersfield match.
After demoralising showings at Derby County and Charlton Athletic, Sannino had questioned his players’ commitment and passion and had called for a morale-boosting reaction from his team. He didn’t receive one.
Sannino said: “In my career I have never been in this position, where I have lost four matches in a row and we have to manage this moment well.
“I am not in a position to make you understand the pain I have inside me. I have pain for the people who come to watch us and the people who offered me the job so it is time to reflect.”
He added: “I would like to say a lot of things but it is correct for me to reflect now on this season. This is a bad moment and we have to feel this moment. Unfortunately none of us were thinking about [expecting] this ten days ago.”
“I could say a lot of things but I prefer to speak to the club, to try to give Watford Football Club and their supporters what they deserve,” he later added.
Asked whether the players lacked commitment and passion today, Sannino started his press conference by saying: “First of all I am here to put my face in front of everybody because I am the head coach and the leader of this group.
“I will answer your question by saying sorry that we finished in front of our supporters in the worst manner possible.”
“I don’t like [want] to speak about my players [now],” Sannino responded when asked if he was disappointed with his players.
“It would be easy to speak [say certain things] when there is a good moment and also a bad moment.”
Sannino was said to be crestfallen during the annual walk-around the pitch after the match, when a large number of supporters stayed despite the scoreline.
The Italian places a lot of emphasis on playing for the club’s fans and said: “I could see the great spirit of our supporters. In Italy you wouldn’t see something like that.
“It is like a lesson that the supporters gave to us in terms of respect.
“I am honest with you and during the lap there were a lot of thoughts in my head. The last was that they [the fans] didn’t deserve an end of season like that.”
Sannino, who signed an 18-month contract in December, this week said the club needed to change the team’s DNA next season.
This led to the head coach being asked whether he had received assurances he would be in charge over the summer so he could change the DNA.
He replied: “I have a contract for next season but I am not the person who holds the contract. I was asked to change the situation and spin our season. For one part of the season we have been able to do it but in the last four games we have been making the same mistakes.”
More of Sannino's press conference will be uploaded tomorrow.
You can read Huddersfield's Mark Robins' comments here.
Read our match report from the game here.