Ray Lewington was appointed Watford manager 12 years ago today

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Thursday, July 11, 2002

Erstwhile reserve-team boss Ray Lewington was confirmed as Watford's new manager in succession to Gianluca Vialli.

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

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11:02am Fri 11 Jul 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Yes he kept us up which was all that could be reasonably expected. I remember the surprise when he was removed and later replaced with an unknown called Boothroyd. Glad to see he's doing well now as part of the England set up, even if the team is struggling. In fact doesn't Boothroyd also have an England or FA role of some sort now ? (or is it just that he's doing sweet FA)
Yes he kept us up which was all that could be reasonably expected. I remember the surprise when he was removed and later replaced with an unknown called Boothroyd. Glad to see he's doing well now as part of the England set up, even if the team is struggling. In fact doesn't Boothroyd also have an England or FA role of some sort now ? (or is it just that he's doing sweet FA) Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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11:08am Fri 11 Jul 14

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

I remembert the day well, sunbathing by a pool in Kos and being totally underwhelmed! How wrong I was, Ray did well in challenging times!
I remembert the day well, sunbathing by a pool in Kos and being totally underwhelmed! How wrong I was, Ray did well in challenging times! Ronny oh Ronny Ronny
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11:21am Fri 11 Jul 14

gloryhornet4 says...

The attacks on Boothroyd are I feel unfair as they have been with some other past managers. Most were cheap salary appointments to claw back pay for the Viali disastrous over-spend on lazy could not be ar5ed players.

Apart from AB all have gone on to better things in time.
The attacks on Boothroyd are I feel unfair as they have been with some other past managers. Most were cheap salary appointments to claw back pay for the Viali disastrous over-spend on lazy could not be ar5ed players. Apart from AB all have gone on to better things in time. gloryhornet4
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11:25am Fri 11 Jul 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
The attacks on Boothroyd are I feel unfair as they have been with some other past managers. Most were cheap salary appointments to claw back pay for the Viali disastrous over-spend on lazy could not be ar5ed players.

Apart from AB all have gone on to better things in time.
agreed - AB is now manager of England U20s having checked on wiki so will do ok long term. I liked the guy. That first year was amazing. The ellington, sadler and Bromby signings in this 3rd year were poor though and it was overdue when he moved on....
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: The attacks on Boothroyd are I feel unfair as they have been with some other past managers. Most were cheap salary appointments to claw back pay for the Viali disastrous over-spend on lazy could not be ar5ed players. Apart from AB all have gone on to better things in time.[/p][/quote]agreed - AB is now manager of England U20s having checked on wiki so will do ok long term. I liked the guy. That first year was amazing. The ellington, sadler and Bromby signings in this 3rd year were poor though and it was overdue when he moved on.... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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8:27pm Fri 11 Jul 14

bornyellow says...

Ray Lewington was a great manager for us, working on a budget of minus £12.50....12% wage cuts or deferrals and slicing the squad numbers every season to balance the books....remember "give your spare change to save our club" campaign...tipping our coins in the buckets.....yet he got us into the League and F.A. cup semi finals.......and switching Marcus Gayle from striker to defender was a great move....fondly remember him
Ray Lewington was a great manager for us, working on a budget of minus £12.50....12% wage cuts or deferrals and slicing the squad numbers every season to balance the books....remember "give your spare change to save our club" campaign...tipping our coins in the buckets.....yet he got us into the League and F.A. cup semi finals.......and switching Marcus Gayle from striker to defender was a great move....fondly remember him bornyellow
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