Ex-Brighton & Hove Albion boss Oscar Garcia one of three men in talks with Watford over replacing Beppe Sannino

Oscar Garcia is one of the men in talks with Watford. Picture: Action Images

Oscar Garcia is one of the men in talks with Watford. Picture: Action Images

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The Hornets are currently speaking to three different men about the vacant head coach position and one of those is ex-Brighton & Hove Albion manager Oscar Garcia, the Watford Observer understands.

The Golden Boys have been looking at potential replacements for Beppe Sannino for several weeks after the Italian’s future was placed in serious doubt.

Sannino resigned as head coach today, with the 57-year-old aware that his position was becoming close to untenable.

The three candidates for the job have already held talks with Watford, including Garcia, and we understand a replacement is likely to be confirmed before the end of next week.

The Golden Boys’ next game is not for almost two weeks due to the international break.

Former Newcastle United and Norwich City manager Chris Hughton was one of the candidates who was being seriously considered two weeks ago but last week we were told he was no longer in the running.

We are currently unsure who the other two candidates are.

Garcia began his coaching career in 2009 as part of former Barcelona manager Jordi Cruyff’s staff on the Catalonia national side.

He then spent two years coaching in Barcelona’s Academy before taking the role as head coach at Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2012.

He spent one season with the Israeli club but it was a successful one as he guided the side to the league title.

However, he resigned at the end of the campaign, citing personal reasons for his departure.

His success in Israel caught the attention of Championship club Brighton and they appointed Garcia as head coach in June last year.

He spent one season with the Seasiders. They finished sixth in the league and reached the play-offs. But they were beaten in the semi-finals by Derby County and the Spaniard resigned on May 12.

He rejoined Maccabi again at the start of June but his second spell with the club lasted less than three months as he resigned once more on Tuesday.

The club stated Garcia’s departure was down to the current security situation in Israel. The county is currently in the eighth week of a military campaign in the Gaza strip. 

Read more about Sannino's resignation here.

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11:07pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Hornet Cornet says...

I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss.

HC
I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss. HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 44

11:14pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Ramageland says...

Chris Hughton? Oh dear.
Chris Hughton? Oh dear. Ramageland
  • Score: 15

11:15pm Sun 31 Aug 14

andyrankin says...

I trust the pozzos. It may be messy now but all I care about is promotion- and so do they.
I trust the pozzos. It may be messy now but all I care about is promotion- and so do they. andyrankin
  • Score: 24

11:16pm Sun 31 Aug 14

StillScratchingMyEyes says...

In some ways im glad this has been done at the start of the international break, so there is plenty of time. I think I would have prefered hughton to garcia. People saying Di mateo and sherwood are pretty optimistic. Would be dissapointed if sannino has left after being tempted by Leeds. This whole thing seems as though it could have been avoided though.
In some ways im glad this has been done at the start of the international break, so there is plenty of time. I think I would have prefered hughton to garcia. People saying Di mateo and sherwood are pretty optimistic. Would be dissapointed if sannino has left after being tempted by Leeds. This whole thing seems as though it could have been avoided though. StillScratchingMyEyes
  • Score: 1

11:18pm Sun 31 Aug 14

bornyellow says...

Its crazy to be seeking a new boss with 5 games gone...even if we were second from bottom it would still be crazy...I just cant get my thoughts around it....good luck Beppe..someone somewhere will appreciate your will to win.
Its crazy to be seeking a new boss with 5 games gone...even if we were second from bottom it would still be crazy...I just cant get my thoughts around it....good luck Beppe..someone somewhere will appreciate your will to win. bornyellow
  • Score: 41

11:21pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Clinker&cinders says...

Guess all we want, if the past is any guide it'll be someone they know = an Italian.
Oscar Garcia doesn't thrill anyone & whilst I like the guy Sherwood has little to no track record.
Was Frank here at Observer being lead by the Pozzo thoughts n feeds. Otherwise can't understand him taking such a hard line against a popular and successful manager. If anyone wanted him out you can say the older pros but it wouldn't have happened without the Pozzos tacit concent. Worried about some of their higher paid players being made to sweat for their inflated wages!
Guess all we want, if the past is any guide it'll be someone they know = an Italian. Oscar Garcia doesn't thrill anyone & whilst I like the guy Sherwood has little to no track record. Was Frank here at Observer being lead by the Pozzo thoughts n feeds. Otherwise can't understand him taking such a hard line against a popular and successful manager. If anyone wanted him out you can say the older pros but it wouldn't have happened without the Pozzos tacit concent. Worried about some of their higher paid players being made to sweat for their inflated wages! Clinker&cinders
  • Score: 4

11:26pm Sun 31 Aug 14

COGGDAVE1 says...

Where ever you end up mate, lets hope you haven't got a complete AH running the local paper sports section, as we have here !!!!
Where ever you end up mate, lets hope you haven't got a complete AH running the local paper sports section, as we have here !!!! COGGDAVE1
  • Score: -26

11:28pm Sun 31 Aug 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

In an ideal world, I think the Pozzos would have wanted to make the change before the start of the season. Clearly, whoever they see as taking the position was not available or couldn't be tied up in time. Sannino was only ever a stop gap between Zola and the next man. I don't personally believe Sannino was ever a long term appointment.
Let's just be thankful both Ian 'village idiot' Holloway and Neil 'Colin' Warnock are currently both in gainful employment.
In an ideal world, I think the Pozzos would have wanted to make the change before the start of the season. Clearly, whoever they see as taking the position was not available or couldn't be tied up in time. Sannino was only ever a stop gap between Zola and the next man. I don't personally believe Sannino was ever a long term appointment. Let's just be thankful both Ian 'village idiot' Holloway and Neil 'Colin' Warnock are currently both in gainful employment. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 39

11:30pm Sun 31 Aug 14

andyrankin says...

COGGDAVE1 wrote:
Where ever you end up mate, lets hope you haven't got a complete AH running the local paper sports section, as we have here !!!!
wake up! cant you see this was all sorted out weeks ago. All the WO did was report some of it. We'd soon moan if they knew but didn't report it.
[quote][p][bold]COGGDAVE1[/bold] wrote: Where ever you end up mate, lets hope you haven't got a complete AH running the local paper sports section, as we have here !!!![/p][/quote]wake up! cant you see this was all sorted out weeks ago. All the WO did was report some of it. We'd soon moan if they knew but didn't report it. andyrankin
  • Score: 34

11:31pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Insider jim says...

Ian holloway has apparently resigned as millwall boss, he was seen at London Conley earlier today
Ian holloway has apparently resigned as millwall boss, he was seen at London Conley earlier today Insider jim
  • Score: -36

11:32pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Rookery Veteren says...

Stupid to shoot the messenger...WO and Frank Smith only doing the jobs we would want them to do.
Stupid to shoot the messenger...WO and Frank Smith only doing the jobs we would want them to do. Rookery Veteren
  • Score: 35

11:33pm Sun 31 Aug 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Insider jim wrote:
Ian holloway has apparently resigned as millwall boss, he was seen at London Conley earlier today
Not remotely funny
[quote][p][bold]Insider jim[/bold] wrote: Ian holloway has apparently resigned as millwall boss, he was seen at London Conley earlier today[/p][/quote]Not remotely funny The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 31

11:37pm Sun 31 Aug 14

stiffler99 says...

To all those who called for Sannino to go - be careful what you wish for. At this rate we will get through another manager before the nd of the season.
To all those who called for Sannino to go - be careful what you wish for. At this rate we will get through another manager before the nd of the season. stiffler99
  • Score: 41

11:38pm Sun 31 Aug 14

stiffler99 says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss.

HC
But Tony Evans knows everything.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss. HC[/p][/quote]But Tony Evans knows everything. stiffler99
  • Score: 0

11:54pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Bringe says...

I'd be very happy to have Garcia here. Brighton's defence under him was immense. Add that to our strike force and we will climb the table at least one place.
I'd be very happy to have Garcia here. Brighton's defence under him was immense. Add that to our strike force and we will climb the table at least one place. Bringe
  • Score: 2

12:05am Mon 1 Sep 14

JayWFC says...

Garcia could be a very good replacement. Did a good job with an ok brighton team last year in his first season in english football. Will have a much better squad to work with and his year experience in the championship will be very useful. And for the comment above who woukd rather have houghton, really?
Garcia could be a very good replacement. Did a good job with an ok brighton team last year in his first season in english football. Will have a much better squad to work with and his year experience in the championship will be very useful. And for the comment above who woukd rather have houghton, really? JayWFC
  • Score: 9

12:16am Mon 1 Sep 14

West Coast Orn says...

The Hamas rocket fire on Israel stopped about a week ago and the two sides have entered an "open ended" cease fire. It might be correct that Garcia’s departure was down to the current security situation in Israel. However the county (sic) is NOT currently in the eighth week of a military campaign in the Gaza strip.
The Hamas rocket fire on Israel stopped about a week ago and the two sides have entered an "open ended" cease fire. It might be correct that Garcia’s departure was down to the current security situation in Israel. However the county (sic) is NOT currently in the eighth week of a military campaign in the Gaza strip. West Coast Orn
  • Score: -1

12:36am Mon 1 Sep 14

Squealey says...

The way I see it, the Pozzo's came in and (rather rashly) got rid of Dyche straight awayand replaced him with Zola. There were many grumblings of discontent but, although Dyche has proven himself to be a rather excellent manager, I don't think Zola disgraced himself too much in his first season with us, in fact I think most of us can agree it was pretty much the most attractive football any of us have seen at the Vic in modern times.
Then unfortunately the rails came off and the Pozzo's reacted and bought in an almost complete unknown. Que many more rumblings of discontent among our fans, but hold on, he done the job he was bought in to do. Many fans didn't necessarily agree with his workings but apart from a (pretty big) blip at the end of the season he was a safe pair of hands.
Personally I don't know I he had the cahonos to take us to the promised land, and I suppose we never will, but I am thankful he came and did what he did as we are in a much better position now than we was when he arrived!
And now we're looking for a new boss, and I for one have utmost faith in the Pozzos to once again make the right decision, they want to succeed as much as we do and they haven't done too bad a job so far have they?

End of the day, it could be worse, we could be Leeds fans!!!
The way I see it, the Pozzo's came in and (rather rashly) got rid of Dyche straight awayand replaced him with Zola. There were many grumblings of discontent but, although Dyche has proven himself to be a rather excellent manager, I don't think Zola disgraced himself too much in his first season with us, in fact I think most of us can agree it was pretty much the most attractive football any of us have seen at the Vic in modern times. Then unfortunately the rails came off and the Pozzo's reacted and bought in an almost complete unknown. Que many more rumblings of discontent among our fans, but hold on, he done the job he was bought in to do. Many fans didn't necessarily agree with his workings but apart from a (pretty big) blip at the end of the season he was a safe pair of hands. Personally I don't know I he had the cahonos to take us to the promised land, and I suppose we never will, but I am thankful he came and did what he did as we are in a much better position now than we was when he arrived! And now we're looking for a new boss, and I for one have utmost faith in the Pozzos to once again make the right decision, they want to succeed as much as we do and they haven't done too bad a job so far have they? End of the day, it could be worse, we could be Leeds fans!!! Squealey
  • Score: 38

1:22am Mon 1 Sep 14

tattooedhornet says...

I have never commented before on here , doubt we would get him but would anyone else be happy with Tony Pulis ?
I have never commented before on here , doubt we would get him but would anyone else be happy with Tony Pulis ? tattooedhornet
  • Score: -7

1:37am Mon 1 Sep 14

Clinker&cinders says...

Is Roberto di Matteo in work. He took WBA up and I'm guessing he speaka'de lingo & he lovada flowin football.
Tony Pullis? Can't see him fitting in to Pozzoville.
Is Roberto di Matteo in work. He took WBA up and I'm guessing he speaka'de lingo & he lovada flowin football. Tony Pullis? Can't see him fitting in to Pozzoville. Clinker&cinders
  • Score: 9

1:59am Mon 1 Sep 14

bornyellow says...

tattooedhornet wrote:
I have never commented before on here , doubt we would get him but would anyone else be happy with Tony Pulis ?
pulis is great but i am at odds with the departure of Sannino....
[quote][p][bold]tattooedhornet[/bold] wrote: I have never commented before on here , doubt we would get him but would anyone else be happy with Tony Pulis ?[/p][/quote]pulis is great but i am at odds with the departure of Sannino.... bornyellow
  • Score: 5

3:29am Mon 1 Sep 14

tonyevans22 says...

stiffler99 wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss.

HC
But Tony Evans knows everything.
I just like winding you keyboard trolls up,it don't take much at all for half of you to bite,and b1tch...I also find it amusing that so many blame Mcgugan and Dyer for his Departure.Dyer was not here last season and Mcgugan was in the side,so instead of blaming 2 players,how about the whole squad that were peed off with his methods of train,train,train,sh
out,yell,train,train
,train to the extent that players were so tired and Burnt out they could not last 90mins,hence the goals conceded in latter stages of games last season.Outplayed at Rotherham,got a win,lost against Doncaster,leeds very comfy until sending off turned the game,and Huddersfield having 23 shots on goal before the sending off tells you where we were going with BS....Even Abdi said he has never known anything like it.Look at the bigger picture and put some glasses on,you might see what I said and finally wake up and realize if he didn't walk he would have been sacked.We need a manager not a 12 hour training regime a day P.E teacher.Nnow you know why he has left or been sacked at so many clubs.
[quote][p][bold]stiffler99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss. HC[/p][/quote]But Tony Evans knows everything.[/p][/quote]I just like winding you keyboard trolls up,it don't take much at all for half of you to bite,and b1tch...I also find it amusing that so many blame Mcgugan and Dyer for his Departure.Dyer was not here last season and Mcgugan was in the side,so instead of blaming 2 players,how about the whole squad that were peed off with his methods of train,train,train,sh out,yell,train,train ,train to the extent that players were so tired and Burnt out they could not last 90mins,hence the goals conceded in latter stages of games last season.Outplayed at Rotherham,got a win,lost against Doncaster,leeds very comfy until sending off turned the game,and Huddersfield having 23 shots on goal before the sending off tells you where we were going with BS....Even Abdi said he has never known anything like it.Look at the bigger picture and put some glasses on,you might see what I said and finally wake up and realize if he didn't walk he would have been sacked.We need a manager not a 12 hour training regime a day P.E teacher.Nnow you know why he has left or been sacked at so many clubs. tonyevans22
  • Score: 6

7:23am Mon 1 Sep 14

SAHornet says...

tonyevans22 wrote:
stiffler99 wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss.

HC
But Tony Evans knows everything.
I just like winding you keyboard trolls up,it don't take much at all for half of you to bite,and b1tch...I also find it amusing that so many blame Mcgugan and Dyer for his Departure.Dyer was not here last season and Mcgugan was in the side,so instead of blaming 2 players,how about the whole squad that were peed off with his methods of train,train,train,sh

out,yell,train,train

,train to the extent that players were so tired and Burnt out they could not last 90mins,hence the goals conceded in latter stages of games last season.Outplayed at Rotherham,got a win,lost against Doncaster,leeds very comfy until sending off turned the game,and Huddersfield having 23 shots on goal before the sending off tells you where we were going with BS....Even Abdi said he has never known anything like it.Look at the bigger picture and put some glasses on,you might see what I said and finally wake up and realize if he didn't walk he would have been sacked.We need a manager not a 12 hour training regime a day P.E teacher.Nnow you know why he has left or been sacked at so many clubs.
Don't normally like your style pal but reckon you've got it bang-on with this post.
[quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stiffler99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss. HC[/p][/quote]But Tony Evans knows everything.[/p][/quote]I just like winding you keyboard trolls up,it don't take much at all for half of you to bite,and b1tch...I also find it amusing that so many blame Mcgugan and Dyer for his Departure.Dyer was not here last season and Mcgugan was in the side,so instead of blaming 2 players,how about the whole squad that were peed off with his methods of train,train,train,sh out,yell,train,train ,train to the extent that players were so tired and Burnt out they could not last 90mins,hence the goals conceded in latter stages of games last season.Outplayed at Rotherham,got a win,lost against Doncaster,leeds very comfy until sending off turned the game,and Huddersfield having 23 shots on goal before the sending off tells you where we were going with BS....Even Abdi said he has never known anything like it.Look at the bigger picture and put some glasses on,you might see what I said and finally wake up and realize if he didn't walk he would have been sacked.We need a manager not a 12 hour training regime a day P.E teacher.Nnow you know why he has left or been sacked at so many clubs.[/p][/quote]Don't normally like your style pal but reckon you've got it bang-on with this post. SAHornet
  • Score: 5

8:04am Mon 1 Sep 14

Billie says...

Security situation in Tel Aviv? Then don't live in between Watford and Luton.
Security situation in Tel Aviv? Then don't live in between Watford and Luton. Billie
  • Score: 1

8:05am Mon 1 Sep 14

mellow yellow says...

Maybe lutondown could get watfordup? ;)
Maybe lutondown could get watfordup? ;) mellow yellow
  • Score: 2

8:36am Mon 1 Sep 14

Cuthbert007 says...

Get Big Malky in please he is the man to take us up!!! He knows the club and has the experience it get us in the premier league as he done with Cardiff. He is also out of work so could come straight in.
Get Big Malky in please he is the man to take us up!!! He knows the club and has the experience it get us in the premier league as he done with Cardiff. He is also out of work so could come straight in. Cuthbert007
  • Score: -27

8:38am Mon 1 Sep 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

tattooedhornet wrote:
I have never commented before on here , doubt we would get him but would anyone else be happy with Tony Pulis ?
Couldn't see Nani getting along with Tony Pulis. Pulis wants to choose his own players and I agree with him. He has a great track record and I believe only left Palace because of Iain Moody?
[quote][p][bold]tattooedhornet[/bold] wrote: I have never commented before on here , doubt we would get him but would anyone else be happy with Tony Pulis ?[/p][/quote]Couldn't see Nani getting along with Tony Pulis. Pulis wants to choose his own players and I agree with him. He has a great track record and I believe only left Palace because of Iain Moody? Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 5

8:56am Mon 1 Sep 14

robo bovingdon says...

Just a thought we need some stability at the club re managers postion what about looking within and giving Alec Chamberlain a chance if he wants it,he has a long connection has seen all the comings and goings and must have a good idea of what makes the players and the whole set up tick.He has a good way with the press as he does the after match interviews what does anybody think?
Just a thought we need some stability at the club re managers postion what about looking within and giving Alec Chamberlain a chance if he wants it,he has a long connection has seen all the comings and goings and must have a good idea of what makes the players and the whole set up tick.He has a good way with the press as he does the after match interviews what does anybody think? robo bovingdon
  • Score: -37

8:58am Mon 1 Sep 14

Travelling Hornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
tonyevans22 wrote:
stiffler99 wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss.

HC
But Tony Evans knows everything.
I just like winding you keyboard trolls up,it don't take much at all for half of you to bite,and b1tch...I also find it amusing that so many blame Mcgugan and Dyer for his Departure.Dyer was not here last season and Mcgugan was in the side,so instead of blaming 2 players,how about the whole squad that were peed off with his methods of train,train,train,sh


out,yell,train,train


,train to the extent that players were so tired and Burnt out they could not last 90mins,hence the goals conceded in latter stages of games last season.Outplayed at Rotherham,got a win,lost against Doncaster,leeds very comfy until sending off turned the game,and Huddersfield having 23 shots on goal before the sending off tells you where we were going with BS....Even Abdi said he has never known anything like it.Look at the bigger picture and put some glasses on,you might see what I said and finally wake up and realize if he didn't walk he would have been sacked.We need a manager not a 12 hour training regime a day P.E teacher.Nnow you know why he has left or been sacked at so many clubs.
Don't normally like your style pal but reckon you've got it bang-on with this post.
I've been saying exactly that ,you can only go so far on fitness and individual brilliance, whilst we've been winning games we have been outplayed by lesser teams with inferior players.
I hope the new coach comes in and does just that, coach us!!!
In games we need to control the ball( something we never did under Beppe) and so control the game .
We went from the best passing side under Zola to one under Sannino that couldn't string three passes together .
So hope the new guy can continue the results but with more control and calmness under pressure.
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stiffler99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss. HC[/p][/quote]But Tony Evans knows everything.[/p][/quote]I just like winding you keyboard trolls up,it don't take much at all for half of you to bite,and b1tch...I also find it amusing that so many blame Mcgugan and Dyer for his Departure.Dyer was not here last season and Mcgugan was in the side,so instead of blaming 2 players,how about the whole squad that were peed off with his methods of train,train,train,sh out,yell,train,train ,train to the extent that players were so tired and Burnt out they could not last 90mins,hence the goals conceded in latter stages of games last season.Outplayed at Rotherham,got a win,lost against Doncaster,leeds very comfy until sending off turned the game,and Huddersfield having 23 shots on goal before the sending off tells you where we were going with BS....Even Abdi said he has never known anything like it.Look at the bigger picture and put some glasses on,you might see what I said and finally wake up and realize if he didn't walk he would have been sacked.We need a manager not a 12 hour training regime a day P.E teacher.Nnow you know why he has left or been sacked at so many clubs.[/p][/quote]Don't normally like your style pal but reckon you've got it bang-on with this post.[/p][/quote]I've been saying exactly that ,you can only go so far on fitness and individual brilliance, whilst we've been winning games we have been outplayed by lesser teams with inferior players. I hope the new coach comes in and does just that, coach us!!! In games we need to control the ball( something we never did under Beppe) and so control the game . We went from the best passing side under Zola to one under Sannino that couldn't string three passes together . So hope the new guy can continue the results but with more control and calmness under pressure. Travelling Hornet
  • Score: 0

9:04am Mon 1 Sep 14

GoldenManc says...

I like to see Patrick Kluivert as our new head coach. He speaks Spanish, Italian, Dutch, English & German - is a football legend & I'd like to see him given a chance. He has just applied for the Ross County Management job & would be available. Just a thought ...
I like to see Patrick Kluivert as our new head coach. He speaks Spanish, Italian, Dutch, English & German - is a football legend & I'd like to see him given a chance. He has just applied for the Ross County Management job & would be available. Just a thought ... GoldenManc
  • Score: -9

9:48am Mon 1 Sep 14

Hornankey says...

tattooedhornet wrote:
I have never commented before on here , doubt we would get him but would anyone else be happy with Tony Pulis ?
Pulis is the sort of experienced, proven coach that we need - someone who just gets on with the job, very professional. No idea if he would fit in. I cannot say that I am terribly impressed with some of the names being bandied about. We have a fantastic squad of players - the manager (and centre back!) is the key to promotion!
[quote][p][bold]tattooedhornet[/bold] wrote: I have never commented before on here , doubt we would get him but would anyone else be happy with Tony Pulis ?[/p][/quote]Pulis is the sort of experienced, proven coach that we need - someone who just gets on with the job, very professional. No idea if he would fit in. I cannot say that I am terribly impressed with some of the names being bandied about. We have a fantastic squad of players - the manager (and centre back!) is the key to promotion! Hornankey
  • Score: 6

9:50am Mon 1 Sep 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

I have to say that it's very difficult to have sympathy for Sannino IF (big 'if') he lost the dressing room. One of many reasons why Zola got us so close, I believe, is that the players would've run through brick walls for him. You can't underestimate the power that has. It turns good players into great ones. You see it all the time as average players move on, find a manager they click with and the sky's the limit for them.
That is why I was so disappointed to see him go, because great man management isn't a gift that too many are blessed with - and a lot of fringe players used to come out and say they loved him without getting a game.

I personally feel that we would have imploded under Sannino if he wasn't liked. Make no mistake about it, we're lying in second place in no small measure due to the fact that we have fantastic players. If you put Deeney, Abdi, Tozser, Vydra, Angella, Anya etc etc on a football pitch together, they're gonna do well. Put them on a football pitch under a manager that they love and they'll do even better!

Personally, I'd be happy with Galli, Garcia (did well at Brighton with a squad less talented than ours), Zola or Di Matteo. All decent... and, on the face of it, all nice guys that would have us playing attractive football.
I have to say that it's very difficult to have sympathy for Sannino IF (big 'if') he lost the dressing room. One of many reasons why Zola got us so close, I believe, is that the players would've run through brick walls for him. You can't underestimate the power that has. It turns good players into great ones. You see it all the time as average players move on, find a manager they click with and the sky's the limit for them. That is why I was so disappointed to see him go, because great man management isn't a gift that too many are blessed with - and a lot of fringe players used to come out and say they loved him without getting a game. I personally feel that we would have imploded under Sannino if he wasn't liked. Make no mistake about it, we're lying in second place in no small measure due to the fact that we have fantastic players. If you put Deeney, Abdi, Tozser, Vydra, Angella, Anya etc etc on a football pitch together, they're gonna do well. Put them on a football pitch under a manager that they love and they'll do even better! Personally, I'd be happy with Galli, Garcia (did well at Brighton with a squad less talented than ours), Zola or Di Matteo. All decent... and, on the face of it, all nice guys that would have us playing attractive football. JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 2

9:59am Mon 1 Sep 14

Andrew1963 says...

It has to be a Head Coach who accepts that he works with the players the club recruit. I think many British managers would find that difficult, didn't Pulis fall out with CP over transfer policy and similarly MM with Cardiff over recruitment? So i think we will get on overseas manager who is less concerned about the ability to have full control over recruitment. Personally I think an Eddie Howe type of manger would be great, but i suspect we wont get a British appointment.
It has to be a Head Coach who accepts that he works with the players the club recruit. I think many British managers would find that difficult, didn't Pulis fall out with CP over transfer policy and similarly MM with Cardiff over recruitment? So i think we will get on overseas manager who is less concerned about the ability to have full control over recruitment. Personally I think an Eddie Howe type of manger would be great, but i suspect we wont get a British appointment. Andrew1963
  • Score: 2

10:21am Mon 1 Sep 14

lutondown says...

mellow yellow wrote:
Maybe lutondown could get watfordup? ;)
Cheap shot and a very short memory
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: Maybe lutondown could get watfordup? ;)[/p][/quote]Cheap shot and a very short memory lutondown
  • Score: -1

10:22am Mon 1 Sep 14

lutondown says...

stiffler99 wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss.

HC
But Tony Evans knows everything.
He knew more than you
Nice to see humility in defeat
[quote][p][bold]stiffler99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: I am so p'd off that I can't even be bothered to guess who might be the next boss. HC[/p][/quote]But Tony Evans knows everything.[/p][/quote]He knew more than you Nice to see humility in defeat lutondown
  • Score: 2

10:25am Mon 1 Sep 14

Harry's Bar says...

robo bovingdon wrote:
Just a thought we need some stability at the club re managers postion what about looking within and giving Alec Chamberlain a chance if he wants it,he has a long connection has seen all the comings and goings and must have a good idea of what makes the players and the whole set up tick.He has a good way with the press as he does the after match interviews what does anybody think?
I'm thinking I should ask you if you are being serious first.
[quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: Just a thought we need some stability at the club re managers postion what about looking within and giving Alec Chamberlain a chance if he wants it,he has a long connection has seen all the comings and goings and must have a good idea of what makes the players and the whole set up tick.He has a good way with the press as he does the after match interviews what does anybody think?[/p][/quote]I'm thinking I should ask you if you are being serious first. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

10:52am Mon 1 Sep 14

matey_from_brighton says...

Pulis - come on are you being serious? He undoubtedly gets the best out of average players but just cannot see him working with this squad and playing anything like the type of football we would expect with this group. Problem is if you want a british manager there are only a few that are used to working as a "coach" with little or no input into player purchase, that will change though with the new breed of managers coming up, but for now more likely to get a foreign manager.
Pulis - come on are you being serious? He undoubtedly gets the best out of average players but just cannot see him working with this squad and playing anything like the type of football we would expect with this group. Problem is if you want a british manager there are only a few that are used to working as a "coach" with little or no input into player purchase, that will change though with the new breed of managers coming up, but for now more likely to get a foreign manager. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 0

11:05am Mon 1 Sep 14

corbindallas says...

lol still a lot of headless chickens re BS. He was bad news for the club behind the scenes, still say Zola is one of the 3 being spoken about according to sources so thats Garcia and Zola and Galli seems to be carrying merit if he has landed in the UK, personally do not care whcih of the 3 come in as they can all do a better job than BS has.
lol still a lot of headless chickens re BS. He was bad news for the club behind the scenes, still say Zola is one of the 3 being spoken about according to sources so thats Garcia and Zola and Galli seems to be carrying merit if he has landed in the UK, personally do not care whcih of the 3 come in as they can all do a better job than BS has. corbindallas
  • Score: -6

11:41am Mon 1 Sep 14

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn says...

I bet Neil Warnock is gutted he has taken the CP job - always had a soft spot for WFC and knows how to win in the Championship.
Zola plus a great No 2 who can coach defense and tactics. I understand that all his work on the training ground was ball skills driven. We need discipline and organisation. If we had play a Forest or the like on Saturday we could have shipped three before the break.
We need somone NOW so that he has time during the break to build the relationships and understanding with the players
The Pozzos will make the right choice and we will go up. COYH
I bet Neil Warnock is gutted he has taken the CP job - always had a soft spot for WFC and knows how to win in the Championship. Zola plus a great No 2 who can coach defense and tactics. I understand that all his work on the training ground was ball skills driven. We need discipline and organisation. If we had play a Forest or the like on Saturday we could have shipped three before the break. We need somone NOW so that he has time during the break to build the relationships and understanding with the players The Pozzos will make the right choice and we will go up. COYH Larrythe Loafer 'Orn
  • Score: 1

11:58am Mon 1 Sep 14

harryhornet says...

I know I'll get shot down for it but Glenn Hoddle is, for me, the standout candidate.

He's available, apparently keen to get back into management, a local lad who has links to Watford (didn't we nearly get him when he was first starting out as a player-manager?) and knows the game inside out. Always talked about in glowing terms by those inside the game as someone who really understands the game, tactics etc.

It won't be him though. The Pozzos' track record is to go for overseas managers. Fair enough given that UK managers would probably expect to be more hands on than the European "head coach" system we now seem to operate at Watford.
I know I'll get shot down for it but Glenn Hoddle is, for me, the standout candidate. He's available, apparently keen to get back into management, a local lad who has links to Watford (didn't we nearly get him when he was first starting out as a player-manager?) and knows the game inside out. Always talked about in glowing terms by those inside the game as someone who really understands the game, tactics etc. It won't be him though. The Pozzos' track record is to go for overseas managers. Fair enough given that UK managers would probably expect to be more hands on than the European "head coach" system we now seem to operate at Watford. harryhornet
  • Score: 3

12:16pm Mon 1 Sep 14

neil-bs says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
It has to be a Head Coach who accepts that he works with the players the club recruit. I think many British managers would find that difficult, didn't Pulis fall out with CP over transfer policy and similarly MM with Cardiff over recruitment? So i think we will get on overseas manager who is less concerned about the ability to have full control over recruitment. Personally I think an Eddie Howe type of manger would be great, but i suspect we wont get a British appointment.
I think you've hit the nail on the head. Our Head Coach has to work under our management and there are not many top British managers willing to work in that position. Our ex-West Ham management is well known in football circles and probably not well-liked. Suspect we'll get another foreign coach.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: It has to be a Head Coach who accepts that he works with the players the club recruit. I think many British managers would find that difficult, didn't Pulis fall out with CP over transfer policy and similarly MM with Cardiff over recruitment? So i think we will get on overseas manager who is less concerned about the ability to have full control over recruitment. Personally I think an Eddie Howe type of manger would be great, but i suspect we wont get a British appointment.[/p][/quote]I think you've hit the nail on the head. Our Head Coach has to work under our management and there are not many top British managers willing to work in that position. Our ex-West Ham management is well known in football circles and probably not well-liked. Suspect we'll get another foreign coach. neil-bs
  • Score: 3

12:33pm Mon 1 Sep 14

neil-bs says...

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn wrote:
I bet Neil Warnock is gutted he has taken the CP job - always had a soft spot for WFC and knows how to win in the Championship.
Zola plus a great No 2 who can coach defense and tactics. I understand that all his work on the training ground was ball skills driven. We need discipline and organisation. If we had play a Forest or the like on Saturday we could have shipped three before the break.
We need somone NOW so that he has time during the break to build the relationships and understanding with the players
The Pozzos will make the right choice and we will go up. COYH
Zola OK but only as the number 2. If he had been prepared to work under Dyche we wouldn't be in this position.
[quote][p][bold]Larrythe Loafer 'Orn[/bold] wrote: I bet Neil Warnock is gutted he has taken the CP job - always had a soft spot for WFC and knows how to win in the Championship. Zola plus a great No 2 who can coach defense and tactics. I understand that all his work on the training ground was ball skills driven. We need discipline and organisation. If we had play a Forest or the like on Saturday we could have shipped three before the break. We need somone NOW so that he has time during the break to build the relationships and understanding with the players The Pozzos will make the right choice and we will go up. COYH[/p][/quote]Zola OK but only as the number 2. If he had been prepared to work under Dyche we wouldn't be in this position. neil-bs
  • Score: -2

1:25pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Bonser Out says...

harryhornet wrote:
I know I'll get shot down for it but Glenn Hoddle is, for me, the standout candidate.

He's available, apparently keen to get back into management, a local lad who has links to Watford (didn't we nearly get him when he was first starting out as a player-manager?) and knows the game inside out. Always talked about in glowing terms by those inside the game as someone who really understands the game, tactics etc.

It won't be him though. The Pozzos' track record is to go for overseas managers. Fair enough given that UK managers would probably expect to be more hands on than the European "head coach" system we now seem to operate at Watford.
Glenn Hoddle, good shout. Been out of football for a while and now doing some coaching at QPR.

However, I have never forgiven him for lobbing Steve Sherwood.
[quote][p][bold]harryhornet[/bold] wrote: I know I'll get shot down for it but Glenn Hoddle is, for me, the standout candidate. He's available, apparently keen to get back into management, a local lad who has links to Watford (didn't we nearly get him when he was first starting out as a player-manager?) and knows the game inside out. Always talked about in glowing terms by those inside the game as someone who really understands the game, tactics etc. It won't be him though. The Pozzos' track record is to go for overseas managers. Fair enough given that UK managers would probably expect to be more hands on than the European "head coach" system we now seem to operate at Watford.[/p][/quote]Glenn Hoddle, good shout. Been out of football for a while and now doing some coaching at QPR. However, I have never forgiven him for lobbing Steve Sherwood. Bonser Out
  • Score: 1

1:37pm Mon 1 Sep 14

lutondown says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
robo bovingdon wrote:
Just a thought we need some stability at the club re managers postion what about looking within and giving Alec Chamberlain a chance if he wants it,he has a long connection has seen all the comings and goings and must have a good idea of what makes the players and the whole set up tick.He has a good way with the press as he does the after match interviews what does anybody think?
I'm thinking I should ask you if you are being serious first.
Lol...I think he was. I don't think Chamberpot knows how to coach goalies let alone outfield players.
But for comedy value..10/10
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: Just a thought we need some stability at the club re managers postion what about looking within and giving Alec Chamberlain a chance if he wants it,he has a long connection has seen all the comings and goings and must have a good idea of what makes the players and the whole set up tick.He has a good way with the press as he does the after match interviews what does anybody think?[/p][/quote]I'm thinking I should ask you if you are being serious first.[/p][/quote]Lol...I think he was. I don't think Chamberpot knows how to coach goalies let alone outfield players. But for comedy value..10/10 lutondown
  • Score: 4

2:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Cuthbert007 says...

GoldenManc wrote:
I like to see Patrick Kluivert as our new head coach. He speaks Spanish, Italian, Dutch, English & German - is a football legend & I'd like to see him given a chance. He has just applied for the Ross County Management job & would be available. Just a thought ...
Yes he sounds good. But i would also like to see Chris Hughton. Chris Powell or as a good source told me Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink and he was in the directors box on Saturday watching us play. Any of these guys will do a good job or b nice as a partnership.
[quote][p][bold]GoldenManc[/bold] wrote: I like to see Patrick Kluivert as our new head coach. He speaks Spanish, Italian, Dutch, English & German - is a football legend & I'd like to see him given a chance. He has just applied for the Ross County Management job & would be available. Just a thought ...[/p][/quote]Yes he sounds good. But i would also like to see Chris Hughton. Chris Powell or as a good source told me Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink and he was in the directors box on Saturday watching us play. Any of these guys will do a good job or b nice as a partnership. Cuthbert007
  • Score: -3

3:55pm Mon 1 Sep 14

mickallen57 says...

I could be wrong but I suspect it will be another Italian . I believe a manager that knows this championship has a head start and if they are to continue where we left off we will need that head start. As stated above English managers would like to have full control of the players signed by the club.
I do feel for Beppe he did a good job . However he had lost the dressing room and the answer is easy either get rid of the dissenting players or the manager. I suspect it was just easier to do the latter.
We are where we are . This is not a time for looking back and wondering who said what and what said who. We need to pull together and get behind the new manager.
Who would I like as manager ( if he can get his foot out of his mouth) Malky ,Glen Hoddle or Roberto Di Matteo but I doubt any of those will manage Watford. COYH
I could be wrong but I suspect it will be another Italian . I believe a manager that knows this championship has a head start and if they are to continue where we left off we will need that head start. As stated above English managers would like to have full control of the players signed by the club. I do feel for Beppe he did a good job . However he had lost the dressing room and the answer is easy either get rid of the dissenting players or the manager. I suspect it was just easier to do the latter. We are where we are . This is not a time for looking back and wondering who said what and what said who. We need to pull together and get behind the new manager. Who would I like as manager ( if he can get his foot out of his mouth) Malky ,Glen Hoddle or Roberto Di Matteo but I doubt any of those will manage Watford. COYH mickallen57
  • Score: 1

11:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Henry VIII says...

Yet again we find ourselves at a crucial crossroads for our club. I would love to see a manager here for the next five years and a slow down in the recent ins and outs of managers at our club. Stability is and will always be key to a successful side. The reality is - and it is actually so easy to forget, we can and are attracting some very decent names. Garcia has a very good history, a combination of international and Championship experience; Houghton was very successful at Newcastle; Hoddle (just one of many names out there) was a true football legend in his day, also like our GT treated terribly by our wonderful national media; Di Matteo would be a total luxury and I think understandably beyond our means. The point I am trying to make is just how far we have come since the Pozzo's arrived. We have a stadium taking shape, great training facilities, we no longer have to sell our star players for the first cheap bid - we are becoming a very well organised club on and off the field. The squad this season is of a superb pedigree. Whoever comes in, I hope that he has the backing of the fans and has a chance to build his own legacy. Give someone the time to build - he will have a superb base from which to build, but give someone time. Thank you again Beppe and I am sure our new man will be in place by Friday. I love this club.
Yet again we find ourselves at a crucial crossroads for our club. I would love to see a manager here for the next five years and a slow down in the recent ins and outs of managers at our club. Stability is and will always be key to a successful side. The reality is - and it is actually so easy to forget, we can and are attracting some very decent names. Garcia has a very good history, a combination of international and Championship experience; Houghton was very successful at Newcastle; Hoddle (just one of many names out there) was a true football legend in his day, also like our GT treated terribly by our wonderful national media; Di Matteo would be a total luxury and I think understandably beyond our means. The point I am trying to make is just how far we have come since the Pozzo's arrived. We have a stadium taking shape, great training facilities, we no longer have to sell our star players for the first cheap bid - we are becoming a very well organised club on and off the field. The squad this season is of a superb pedigree. Whoever comes in, I hope that he has the backing of the fans and has a chance to build his own legacy. Give someone the time to build - he will have a superb base from which to build, but give someone time. Thank you again Beppe and I am sure our new man will be in place by Friday. I love this club. Henry VIII
  • Score: 0

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