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Ray Lewington was appointed Watford manager 12 years ago today
5:30am Friday 11th July 2014 in Sport
Thursday, July 11, 2002
He inherited an extraordinarily challenging situation, with the club hamstrung by the financial consequences of both over-committing to the previous manager's unsuccessful tenure and the collapse of the Football League's television deal with ITV Digital.
His achievements, in keeping the club afloat in the second tier and reaching two cup semi-finals whilst having little control over the timing of player departures and almost no money to spend in the transfer market, compare favourably with those of the majority of his predecessors.
Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day