Tamas: 'Watford will have great season if players understand Sannino's message' (From Watford Observer)
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Gabriel Tamas: 'Watford will have a great season if players understand Beppe Sannino's message'
New signing Gabriel Tamas believes Watford will have a successful season if the players utilise Beppe Sannino’s knowledge and are able to follow his instructions.
Tamas praised Sannino and believes the head coach’s English is at a level where he can explain what he wants from his team.
“I have found the head coach to be very good. I like him,” Tamas said.
“I like what he wants to do with the team. If we can understand the training and his knowledge then we will have a great season.”
Sannino stated his desire to considerably improve his English over the summer break and the club have also hired a full-time English teacher to work alongside him.
“He gets his message across, he explains a lot,” Tamas said.
“He also has a teacher with him, although in training he does speak in English. He is trying to improve his English so he can get his messages across.”
Sannino provided Watford with defensive stability when he first arrived at the club in December and the team improved as an attacking force as the months progressed.
The Hornets have strengthened their squad considerably this summer in all areas of the pitch. Heurelho Gomes is the new number one, Tamas, Craig Cathcart and Juan Carlos Paredes have improved the backline, Daniel Tozser has returned, and Lloyd Dyer and Matej Vydra should make the Golden Boys a more dangerous attacking force.
And Tamas boldly stated: “With these players, I’m telling you we will score a lot of goals this season. So the main problem will be making sure we do not concede many goals.
“We are learning how not to concede [in training] and [if we can] then we will be in the top places.”
He added: “I think the squad are good enough to get automatic promotion. We can’t speak about it now because it is pre-season. We have to work hard now for the Championship season because you only get one pre-season.”
Tamas joined Watford this summer on a free transfer and claims he accepted the club’s offer without looking for any alternatives.
The 30-year-old revealed he was a transfer target of the Pozzo family and Udinese a couple of years ago when he was a West Bromwich Albion player.
He believes English football is the best in the world and rejected the offer to move to Italy as he was a Premier League footballer at the time.
The Romanian international’s stock has fallen in the last couple of years after several off-the-field problems.
In 2011 the defender and ex-Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu were given life bans by Romania after drinking before a friendly match with San Marino, although the bans were lifted 43 days later.
In June last year he was arrested after kicking in a door to get into a block of flats in Bucharest. He was said to be drunk at the time and was arrested after falling asleep on the first floor.
And he was left without a club in October when his contract with Romanian club CFR Cluj was terminated after just a week due to what were claimed to be alcohol-related incidents.
He joined Doncaster Rovers in January and impressed for the then Championship club in 14 appearances, although he was also involved in a nightclub fracas in March that resulted in the defender suffering a fractured cheek bone.
Tamas strongly denied he had an alcohol problem and said: “I don’t want to discuss my private life but when it comes to alcohol, no I have never had a problem.
“When you go out on your day off then I think it is normal for every human being [to have a drink]. So if someone says I have an alcohol problem then they are stupid.”
Tamas is a vocal and dominant centre half – which Watford arguably lacked for most of last season.
He has played for several European clubs, including Galatasaray, Spartak Moscow, Auxerre and Celta Vigo.
However, the last of his 63 caps for Romania came in March 2013 and he hopes his performances will earn a recall.
“I hope to earn another cap because I never retired from the national team,” he said. “If I start playing and I’m doing well then I think they will call me back into the squad.”