Former Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd appointed new Northampton Town boss

Former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd has been appointed manager of League Two side Northampton Town.

The Cobblers, currently 21st in the table, have given the former Colchester United and Coventry City manager a rolling one-year contract.

Boothroyd was touted as one of the brightest young English coaches when he steered Watford to an unlikely promotion to the Premier League back in 2006.

Although the Hornets were relegated the following season, Boothroyd secured a Championship play-off place in the 2007/08 campaign, losing to Hull City in the semi-finals.

Boothroyd left Vicarage Road by mutual consent in November later that year after guiding the Hornets to just 15 points in 15 league games.

He was appointed manager of League One side Colchester United in 2009 before leaving to join Coventry City in the summer of 2010.

Despite a strong start to the season, Boothroyd was sacked in March this year following a run of one win in 16 league games.

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1:36pm Wed 30 Nov 11

mile high ron says...

Last chance saloon eh ?
Last chance saloon eh ? mile high ron
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2:05pm Wed 30 Nov 11

llloydwithathirdl says...

Good luck to a true Watford legend.
Good luck to a true Watford legend. llloydwithathirdl
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2:24pm Wed 30 Nov 11

Richard - Come On You Golden Boys! says...

Yes, I wish Aidy every success. We should remember that golden season when we stormed into the Prem.
Yes, I wish Aidy every success. We should remember that golden season when we stormed into the Prem. Richard - Come On You Golden Boys!
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2:43pm Wed 30 Nov 11

laddie hornets says...

A team 89th out of 92 must be a bit of a humbling moment for someone who thought he was on the trajectory to become England Manager, not that humilty has been an obvious quality! But we wish him well!
A team 89th out of 92 must be a bit of a humbling moment for someone who thought he was on the trajectory to become England Manager, not that humilty has been an obvious quality! But we wish him well! laddie hornets
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3:42pm Wed 30 Nov 11

grahamfransen says...

llloydwithathirdl wrote:
Good luck to a true Watford legend.
Fully agree!

Second best manager we have ever had!

Who can possibly forget the glory days he brought back to our club?

He will rise from the ashes in true Phoenix style, mark my word!!!
[quote][p][bold]llloydwithathirdl[/bold] wrote: Good luck to a true Watford legend.[/p][/quote]Fully agree! Second best manager we have ever had! Who can possibly forget the glory days he brought back to our club? He will rise from the ashes in true Phoenix style, mark my word!!! grahamfransen
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6:07pm Wed 30 Nov 11

buckler says...

Hope and prey you take them out of the football league! Mind you wont last that long, sacked by Xmas would be nice!
Hope and prey you take them out of the football league! Mind you wont last that long, sacked by Xmas would be nice! buckler
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6:27pm Wed 30 Nov 11

pete50 says...

Just the final step before the England job!!!
Just the final step before the England job!!! pete50
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6:39pm Wed 30 Nov 11

rousman 2 says...

grahamfransen wrote:
llloydwithathirdl wrote:
Good luck to a true Watford legend.
Fully agree!

Second best manager we have ever had!

Who can possibly forget the glory days he brought back to our club?

He will rise from the ashes in true Phoenix style, mark my word!!!
Second best manager the club has ever had. Some people will not like that as you can see already but it is a fact like it or not. Good luck Aidy you will need it.
[quote][p][bold]grahamfransen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]llloydwithathirdl[/bold] wrote: Good luck to a true Watford legend.[/p][/quote]Fully agree! Second best manager we have ever had! Who can possibly forget the glory days he brought back to our club? He will rise from the ashes in true Phoenix style, mark my word!!![/p][/quote]Second best manager the club has ever had. Some people will not like that as you can see already but it is a fact like it or not. Good luck Aidy you will need it. rousman 2
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6:50pm Wed 30 Nov 11

Mick Jones says...

Second most successful manager based on taking us to the Premiership. Some of the worst football I have ever seen and never wish to see again..and what a legacy he left us, all that money so well spent.
Second most successful manager based on taking us to the Premiership. Some of the worst football I have ever seen and never wish to see again..and what a legacy he left us, all that money so well spent. Mick Jones
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7:04pm Wed 30 Nov 11

hexhamhornet says...

I wish him great success and am sure he will show that he is not a bad manager and those that say he is are talking Cobblers. Good luck to Northampton and Aidy.
I wish him great success and am sure he will show that he is not a bad manager and those that say he is are talking Cobblers. Good luck to Northampton and Aidy. hexhamhornet
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7:29pm Wed 30 Nov 11

Sammy Chung says...

He seems to be working around the place he will most likely end up.....LOOTOWN.
He seems to be working around the place he will most likely end up.....LOOTOWN. Sammy Chung
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7:39pm Wed 30 Nov 11

buckler says...

Bet his gutted he took the job now, he was top of sunderlands list!
Bet his gutted he took the job now, he was top of sunderlands list! buckler
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10:45pm Wed 30 Nov 11

Hornet Cornet says...

Aidy Boothroyd, NTFC Manager. Oh dear
Aidy Boothroyd, NTFC Manager. Oh dear Hornet Cornet
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11:02pm Wed 30 Nov 11

Jan Lohman says...

Great first season at WFC, no-one can deny that!

The rest of his tenure, was like watching a slow motion car crash.
Great first season at WFC, no-one can deny that! The rest of his tenure, was like watching a slow motion car crash. Jan Lohman
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11:14pm Wed 30 Nov 11

Andrew1963 says...

Well i hope he does OK at Northampton, a club that did not do too well with Mike Keen. He was a 12 month wonder with a promotion and a relegation, but sometimes i think hewas another victim of the Simpson/Ashton carcrash. After all it was Ashton who signed Ellington.
Well i hope he does OK at Northampton, a club that did not do too well with Mike Keen. He was a 12 month wonder with a promotion and a relegation, but sometimes i think hewas another victim of the Simpson/Ashton carcrash. After all it was Ashton who signed Ellington. Andrew1963
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6:35am Thu 1 Dec 11

WFC4ever says...

Jan Lohman wrote:
Great first season at WFC, no-one can deny that! The rest of his tenure, was like watching a slow motion car crash.
That sounds like a good conclusion but I agree with Andrew that he wasn't just to blame for the gross spending.
[quote][p][bold]Jan Lohman[/bold] wrote: Great first season at WFC, no-one can deny that! The rest of his tenure, was like watching a slow motion car crash.[/p][/quote]That sounds like a good conclusion but I agree with Andrew that he wasn't just to blame for the gross spending. WFC4ever
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9:07am Thu 1 Dec 11

derry pigweed says...

Hoofball will suit league 2
Hoofball will suit league 2 derry pigweed
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10:28am Thu 1 Dec 11

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

How the mighty have fallen. Didn't see this coming after that play-off win. He seemed to be on top of the world. I don't blame him for the financial position, as a manager you spend what you're allowed to, but some of his signings were really poor after the first year. I wish him all the best and hope he turns his career around.
How the mighty have fallen. Didn't see this coming after that play-off win. He seemed to be on top of the world. I don't blame him for the financial position, as a manager you spend what you're allowed to, but some of his signings were really poor after the first year. I wish him all the best and hope he turns his career around. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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10:29am Thu 1 Dec 11

grahamfransen says...

Jan Lohman wrote:
Great first season at WFC, no-one can deny that! The rest of his tenure, was like watching a slow motion car crash.
Fabulous day out at Cardiff whopping the mighty Leeds, Promotion to the Prem, FA Cup Semi Final, Play-Offs again, plus the beauty of watching Young, King, Henderson, Spring, etc on full throttle!!

Not bad eh!!

Good luck Aidy!!
[quote][p][bold]Jan Lohman[/bold] wrote: Great first season at WFC, no-one can deny that! The rest of his tenure, was like watching a slow motion car crash.[/p][/quote]Fabulous day out at Cardiff whopping the mighty Leeds, Promotion to the Prem, FA Cup Semi Final, Play-Offs again, plus the beauty of watching Young, King, Henderson, Spring, etc on full throttle!! Not bad eh!! Good luck Aidy!! grahamfransen
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11:37am Thu 1 Dec 11

robert_wfc says...

King, Spring, Henderson, Foster (Loan), Shittu, Stewart, Chambers, Francis, Eustace, Loach, Malky, Carlisle, Johnson (Loan).

He got Young & Bouazza playing excellent football. Demerit became a better player under him.

Im sure there are others.

Lay of Boothroyd. I beleive we would have gone up when we played Hull in the play-offs had Danny Shittu's perfectly good goal not been disallowed. The following season the club was in turmoil and this i beleive aswell is the reason Rodgers left at the end of the season.

Boothroyd could do very well at Northampton, he will motivate average players and make them run through a brick wall for him. Of that im sure. Its the egos he cannot handle.

COYH
King, Spring, Henderson, Foster (Loan), Shittu, Stewart, Chambers, Francis, Eustace, Loach, Malky, Carlisle, Johnson (Loan). He got Young & Bouazza playing excellent football. Demerit became a better player under him. Im sure there are others. Lay of Boothroyd. I beleive we would have gone up when we played Hull in the play-offs had Danny Shittu's perfectly good goal not been disallowed. The following season the club was in turmoil and this i beleive aswell is the reason Rodgers left at the end of the season. Boothroyd could do very well at Northampton, he will motivate average players and make them run through a brick wall for him. Of that im sure. Its the egos he cannot handle. COYH robert_wfc
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2:00pm Thu 1 Dec 11

highrankin says...

Every manager ends up getting the sack, for Aidy at Watford it came sooner than expected. Still he did give us one of our best days ever @ Cardiff.
Good luck Aidy, hope you have learnt from your mistakes
Every manager ends up getting the sack, for Aidy at Watford it came sooner than expected. Still he did give us one of our best days ever @ Cardiff. Good luck Aidy, hope you have learnt from your mistakes highrankin
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4:46pm Thu 1 Dec 11

Oracledave says...

Like the last comment from highrankin.

Management is not all about getting right first time ( although of course Aidy did !). It is about learning from mistakes and not repeating them.

I would bet if you could get Aidy 'of record' you could discover where he sees things that could have been done differently.

On that subject a tale.

Some years ago I was at a management event where the late Alan Ball was a guest speaker. In the Q@A I asked him what he thought he had done wrong in his managerial career. He bristled with indignation and hotly said " absolutely nothing" There in an nutshell is the evidence of his own inadequacy and ego.

Hopp for his sake Aidy treads a different path !
Like the last comment from highrankin. Management is not all about getting right first time ( although of course Aidy did !). It is about learning from mistakes and not repeating them. I would bet if you could get Aidy 'of record' you could discover where he sees things that could have been done differently. On that subject a tale. Some years ago I was at a management event where the late Alan Ball was a guest speaker. In the Q@A I asked him what he thought he had done wrong in his managerial career. He bristled with indignation and hotly said " absolutely nothing" There in an nutshell is the evidence of his own inadequacy and ego. Hopp for his sake Aidy treads a different path ! Oracledave
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8:56pm Thu 1 Dec 11

Wags it all about? says...

Boothroyd the lucky 'amatuer', without doubt the WORST manger in WFC's history by far. Turgid football, psycho-babble nonsense and self dellusion to compete with the world's best nutters.

Do I need to remind you of the play-off ties in the lucky season we got promoted? We met a palace side in free fall under ian dowie (remember the 'innovative and desperate tactics like getting rid of ball boys to waste/break up play). And then there was the embarrassing spectacle of a Leeds side in major self implosion mode. We were literallly gifted a route back to the prem.

And when we got there please tell me if anyone really enjoyed the campaign??? Unlike norwich / swanseas and even qpr who try to play football as we are seeing this season, we were embarrassing to watch - ugly, headless chicken bluster from the 'next england manager'.

You have no idea what was going on behind the scenes at WFC and how much this clown and his former buddys the disgraced ceo ashton and chairman simpson ruined the financial viability and integrity of this club.

Ask anyone at Colchester (took him over a year to get another chance) and Coventry if they miss him or his one dimensional football and the answer will be a resounding NO.

We all make mistakes in life, most seem to learn and eat humble pie, but listen to the clowns nauseating claptrap in his bbc interview online at northampton and you will see some people are just beyond redemption. Cobblers fans you have my deepest sympathy.
Boothroyd the lucky 'amatuer', without doubt the WORST manger in WFC's history by far. Turgid football, psycho-babble nonsense and self dellusion to compete with the world's best nutters. Do I need to remind you of the play-off ties in the lucky season we got promoted? We met a palace side in free fall under ian dowie (remember the 'innovative and desperate tactics like getting rid of ball boys to waste/break up play). And then there was the embarrassing spectacle of a Leeds side in major self implosion mode. We were literallly gifted a route back to the prem. And when we got there please tell me if anyone really enjoyed the campaign??? Unlike norwich / swanseas and even qpr who try to play football as we are seeing this season, we were embarrassing to watch - ugly, headless chicken bluster from the 'next england manager'. You have no idea what was going on behind the scenes at WFC and how much this clown and his former buddys the disgraced ceo ashton and chairman simpson ruined the financial viability and integrity of this club. Ask anyone at Colchester (took him over a year to get another chance) and Coventry if they miss him or his one dimensional football and the answer will be a resounding NO. We all make mistakes in life, most seem to learn and eat humble pie, but listen to the clowns nauseating claptrap in his bbc interview online at northampton and you will see some people are just beyond redemption. Cobblers fans you have my deepest sympathy. Wags it all about?
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7:04am Fri 2 Dec 11

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

You are so right. Promotion against self imploding teams and then delivering a season in the premiership that you didn't enjoy. He should be taken outside and shot in front of his family like those naughty strikers. Hope SD doesn't take us up with some lucky wins and then fail to keep us up or he may take over the mantle. Much better to stay a nice steady 5th 6th bottom in the championship.

pathetic, complete lack of appreciation for what he achieved, albeit before it all went wrong.....
You are so right. Promotion against self imploding teams and then delivering a season in the premiership that you didn't enjoy. He should be taken outside and shot in front of his family like those naughty strikers. Hope SD doesn't take us up with some lucky wins and then fail to keep us up or he may take over the mantle. Much better to stay a nice steady 5th 6th bottom in the championship. pathetic, complete lack of appreciation for what he achieved, albeit before it all went wrong..... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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8:28am Fri 2 Dec 11

Wags it all about? says...

Mickey appreciate what exactly???

The immediately forgetful prem season and the complete mismanagement of revenues that 'mysteriously' disappeared from the club. If only it was a success on or off the pitch but in both cases a total disaster that has to this day left us teetering on the brink of administration?

You obviously enjoyed wearing a neck brace at matches. Clappers like you live in a world of make believe and are a dream to clowns like boothroyd.
Mickey appreciate what exactly??? The immediately forgetful prem season and the complete mismanagement of revenues that 'mysteriously' disappeared from the club. If only it was a success on or off the pitch but in both cases a total disaster that has to this day left us teetering on the brink of administration? You obviously enjoyed wearing a neck brace at matches. Clappers like you live in a world of make believe and are a dream to clowns like boothroyd. Wags it all about?
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8:43am Fri 2 Dec 11

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

appreciate a fantastic promotion season with some of the most exciting football seen at the Vic and a fantastic thrashing of favourites Leeds at Wembley.

Would you take promotion this season followed by relegation the following year, a failed play-off semi final and then back to where we are now ? I would.

The sad thing is Aidy took us from the floor, up to the dizzy heights of the prem, and then back to the floor again ! We started off in financial trouble, earned piles of money and then lost it all again.

I don't blame him for the financial mess as any mgr will spend what he's allowed to spend assuming someone else is managing the cashflow. However he made some awful buys in that last season (bromby, sadler, ellington) despite reaching the playoffs.

He doesn't deserve to be viewed as an equal to the great GT but to say he was undoubtedly the worst wfc manager ever is plain stupid.
appreciate a fantastic promotion season with some of the most exciting football seen at the Vic and a fantastic thrashing of favourites Leeds at Wembley. Would you take promotion this season followed by relegation the following year, a failed play-off semi final and then back to where we are now ? I would. The sad thing is Aidy took us from the floor, up to the dizzy heights of the prem, and then back to the floor again ! We started off in financial trouble, earned piles of money and then lost it all again. I don't blame him for the financial mess as any mgr will spend what he's allowed to spend assuming someone else is managing the cashflow. However he made some awful buys in that last season (bromby, sadler, ellington) despite reaching the playoffs. He doesn't deserve to be viewed as an equal to the great GT but to say he was undoubtedly the worst wfc manager ever is plain stupid. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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8:44am Fri 2 Dec 11

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

sorry, of course cardiff not wembley !!!
sorry, of course cardiff not wembley !!! Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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9:11am Fri 2 Dec 11

corbindallas says...

The fact the clubs finances were being syphoned off has nothing to do with Aidy, he get's a playing budget full stop. It was the men in suits behind him that are to blame. Also how a manager that got our team promoted to the Premiership be critisised as a poor manager is beyond me, at the end of the day he achieved what he and every fan wants for no matter what club they support, being promotion, yes his football style was not always attractive but we don't/ didn't and still don't have attractive players (skills not looks) who can play like Arsenal or Man U so we need to live in the real world of what we have and how to best use it. Aidy did that and achieved something with it so for that I rate him, yes he made mistakes as do all managers as do all normal people this my friend is called life! I have supported Watford since '73' and in that time he is without doubt the second best manager we have had for what he achieved, we all know the best manager we have had and I hope one day we can have another manager who can be better than Graham Taylor and hope it is also in my lifetime, COYH!!!!
The fact the clubs finances were being syphoned off has nothing to do with Aidy, he get's a playing budget full stop. It was the men in suits behind him that are to blame. Also how a manager that got our team promoted to the Premiership be critisised as a poor manager is beyond me, at the end of the day he achieved what he and every fan wants for no matter what club they support, being promotion, yes his football style was not always attractive but we don't/ didn't and still don't have attractive players (skills not looks) who can play like Arsenal or Man U so we need to live in the real world of what we have and how to best use it. Aidy did that and achieved something with it so for that I rate him, yes he made mistakes as do all managers as do all normal people this my friend is called life! I have supported Watford since '73' and in that time he is without doubt the second best manager we have had for what he achieved, we all know the best manager we have had and I hope one day we can have another manager who can be better than Graham Taylor and hope it is also in my lifetime, COYH!!!! corbindallas
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9:38am Fri 2 Dec 11

Wags it all about? says...

Mickey & Corbin

Whilst I appreciate your views they do not change the simple truth that in NET terms both on and off the pitch Boothroyd and the disgraced board have taken us seriously BACKWARD since their tenure.

Even if you struggle with the concept of commercial viability at a football club , what is the achievement in vast revenues disappearing from the club with still no credible explanation to date? And please do not be so naive and hide behind the convenient excuse that boothroyd was not in any way responsible for the woeful waste of money. Make no mistake he was an integral part of the decisions behind the financial and shambolic 'stewardship'.

2nd best manager is plainly wrong, both for ugly football and ugly financial dealings/transfers he comes out top of the scrap heap.

Nowt more to be said on this depressing subject.
Mickey & Corbin Whilst I appreciate your views they do not change the simple truth that in NET terms both on and off the pitch Boothroyd and the disgraced board have taken us seriously BACKWARD since their tenure. Even if you struggle with the concept of commercial viability at a football club , what is the achievement in vast revenues disappearing from the club with still no credible explanation to date? And please do not be so naive and hide behind the convenient excuse that boothroyd was not in any way responsible for the woeful waste of money. Make no mistake he was an integral part of the decisions behind the financial and shambolic 'stewardship'. 2nd best manager is plainly wrong, both for ugly football and ugly financial dealings/transfers he comes out top of the scrap heap. Nowt more to be said on this depressing subject. Wags it all about?
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9:58am Fri 2 Dec 11

buckler says...

Wags it all about? wrote:
Mickey & Corbin Whilst I appreciate your views they do not change the simple truth that in NET terms both on and off the pitch Boothroyd and the disgraced board have taken us seriously BACKWARD since their tenure. Even if you struggle with the concept of commercial viability at a football club , what is the achievement in vast revenues disappearing from the club with still no credible explanation to date? And please do not be so naive and hide behind the convenient excuse that boothroyd was not in any way responsible for the woeful waste of money. Make no mistake he was an integral part of the decisions behind the financial and shambolic 'stewardship'. 2nd best manager is plainly wrong, both for ugly football and ugly financial dealings/transfers he comes out top of the scrap heap. Nowt more to be said on this depressing subject.
Very true totally agree with the whole piece. Sadly most watford fans are happy with second best and believe what ever they are told. They will happily chant a mans name that ruined us and walked away smiling with 600k!
[quote][p][bold]Wags it all about?[/bold] wrote: Mickey & Corbin Whilst I appreciate your views they do not change the simple truth that in NET terms both on and off the pitch Boothroyd and the disgraced board have taken us seriously BACKWARD since their tenure. Even if you struggle with the concept of commercial viability at a football club , what is the achievement in vast revenues disappearing from the club with still no credible explanation to date? And please do not be so naive and hide behind the convenient excuse that boothroyd was not in any way responsible for the woeful waste of money. Make no mistake he was an integral part of the decisions behind the financial and shambolic 'stewardship'. 2nd best manager is plainly wrong, both for ugly football and ugly financial dealings/transfers he comes out top of the scrap heap. Nowt more to be said on this depressing subject.[/p][/quote]Very true totally agree with the whole piece. Sadly most watford fans are happy with second best and believe what ever they are told. They will happily chant a mans name that ruined us and walked away smiling with 600k! buckler
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10:50am Fri 2 Dec 11

Wags it all about? says...

you are indeed enlightened young buck - if only some 'sheep' could look further than their noses...
you are indeed enlightened young buck - if only some 'sheep' could look further than their noses... Wags it all about?
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11:31am Fri 2 Dec 11

grahamfransen says...

corbindallas wrote:
The fact the clubs finances were being syphoned off has nothing to do with Aidy, he get's a playing budget full stop. It was the men in suits behind him that are to blame. Also how a manager that got our team promoted to the Premiership be critisised as a poor manager is beyond me, at the end of the day he achieved what he and every fan wants for no matter what club they support, being promotion, yes his football style was not always attractive but we don't/ didn't and still don't have attractive players (skills not looks) who can play like Arsenal or Man U so we need to live in the real world of what we have and how to best use it. Aidy did that and achieved something with it so for that I rate him, yes he made mistakes as do all managers as do all normal people this my friend is called life! I have supported Watford since '73' and in that time he is without doubt the second best manager we have had for what he achieved, we all know the best manager we have had and I hope one day we can have another manager who can be better than Graham Taylor and hope it is also in my lifetime, COYH!!!!
If the Wobby would run a poll of the greatest ever WFC managers, Aidy would undoubtedly come second to the legendary GT.

How anyone can possibly criticise that magnificent promo season to the Prem, when the likes of King, Henderson, Young and Spring produced the most exciting forward play since the time of GT, is beyond me?

He also saved us from relegation the previous season, turned relegation fodder into promotion seekers within 12 months; took us to another FA Cup Semi Final; took us to the play-offs again; and would probably have saved us from relegation from the Prem, if Marlon had not been out injured all season!

It was Simpson and Ashton who frittered away all the money! Aidy did some poor signings, we all agree on that one, but did not the great GT do the same with the likes of Wooter, that French striker who could not speak English (cannot remember his name), and a few other desperate signing to try to cling on to Prem status?

Even the mighty GT failed that season, so do not just blame Aidy!

I also see comparisons with Ian Holloway at Blackpool. Promo the same way as us. Relegation the next season despite some big expenditure!

Now struggling to keep up with the play-off pack (which Aidy succeeded in doing), and eventually the fans start to moan (as they are doing NOW at Blackpool), and he will be gone by the end of the season despite the riches and the four years parachute money Holloway has bought in to the club!

BTW, poor old Aidy only had two years parachute money, not the four on offer now, so lay off the second best manager we have ever had, and the last manager to have his name sung in triumphant praise virtually every game!!
[quote][p][bold]corbindallas[/bold] wrote: The fact the clubs finances were being syphoned off has nothing to do with Aidy, he get's a playing budget full stop. It was the men in suits behind him that are to blame. Also how a manager that got our team promoted to the Premiership be critisised as a poor manager is beyond me, at the end of the day he achieved what he and every fan wants for no matter what club they support, being promotion, yes his football style was not always attractive but we don't/ didn't and still don't have attractive players (skills not looks) who can play like Arsenal or Man U so we need to live in the real world of what we have and how to best use it. Aidy did that and achieved something with it so for that I rate him, yes he made mistakes as do all managers as do all normal people this my friend is called life! I have supported Watford since '73' and in that time he is without doubt the second best manager we have had for what he achieved, we all know the best manager we have had and I hope one day we can have another manager who can be better than Graham Taylor and hope it is also in my lifetime, COYH!!!![/p][/quote]If the Wobby would run a poll of the greatest ever WFC managers, Aidy would undoubtedly come second to the legendary GT. How anyone can possibly criticise that magnificent promo season to the Prem, when the likes of King, Henderson, Young and Spring produced the most exciting forward play since the time of GT, is beyond me? He also saved us from relegation the previous season, turned relegation fodder into promotion seekers within 12 months; took us to another FA Cup Semi Final; took us to the play-offs again; and would probably have saved us from relegation from the Prem, if Marlon had not been out injured all season! It was Simpson and Ashton who frittered away all the money! Aidy did some poor signings, we all agree on that one, but did not the great GT do the same with the likes of Wooter, that French striker who could not speak English (cannot remember his name), and a few other desperate signing to try to cling on to Prem status? Even the mighty GT failed that season, so do not just blame Aidy! I also see comparisons with Ian Holloway at Blackpool. Promo the same way as us. Relegation the next season despite some big expenditure! Now struggling to keep up with the play-off pack (which Aidy succeeded in doing), and eventually the fans start to moan (as they are doing NOW at Blackpool), and he will be gone by the end of the season despite the riches and the four years parachute money Holloway has bought in to the club! BTW, poor old Aidy only had two years parachute money, not the four on offer now, so lay off the second best manager we have ever had, and the last manager to have his name sung in triumphant praise virtually every game!! grahamfransen
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11:50am Fri 2 Dec 11

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Of course I understand commercial viability, I'm an FD ! If Ashton etc said go ahead and spend the money you can't blame Aidy for bankrupting the club. What you can blame him for were some really poor signings.

2nd best manager ? We could debate that for years on here. My issue was your statement that he was without doubt the worst watford manager. utter nonsense.
Of course I understand commercial viability, I'm an FD ! If Ashton etc said go ahead and spend the money you can't blame Aidy for bankrupting the club. What you can blame him for were some really poor signings. 2nd best manager ? We could debate that for years on here. My issue was your statement that he was without doubt the worst watford manager. utter nonsense. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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4:17pm Fri 2 Dec 11

Wags it all about? says...

Mickey very surprised as an FD you struggle with the concept of net shortfall / losses / debt / crap football or whatever other ratio you care to measure.

The club went honorificly BACKWARD under this clown and board, to the point where he has without doubt earned himself the worthy tag of the WORST incumbent of the manger's seat.

graham whatever your name is, are you a relative of boothroyd because you seem to spout similar psycho-babble clap trap, or perhaps you've listened to hoofroyds nauseas I'm excited by the Northampton Town challenge' interview - a joke in itself.
Mickey very surprised as an FD you struggle with the concept of net shortfall / losses / debt / crap football or whatever other ratio you care to measure. The club went honorificly BACKWARD under this clown and board, to the point where he has without doubt earned himself the worthy tag of the WORST incumbent of the manger's seat. graham whatever your name is, are you a relative of boothroyd because you seem to spout similar psycho-babble clap trap, or perhaps you've listened to hoofroyds nauseas I'm excited by the Northampton Town challenge' interview - a joke in itself. Wags it all about?
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4:45pm Fri 2 Dec 11

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

i struggle with the concept that only the 2nd ever wfc manager to take the club to the top flight, on a shoestring, playing exciting attacking football, is also the clubs worst ever manager. Still, you must be right....
i struggle with the concept that only the 2nd ever wfc manager to take the club to the top flight, on a shoestring, playing exciting attacking football, is also the clubs worst ever manager. Still, you must be right.... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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5:13pm Fri 2 Dec 11

grahamfransen says...

Wags it all about? wrote:
Mickey very surprised as an FD you struggle with the concept of net shortfall / losses / debt / crap football or whatever other ratio you care to measure. The club went honorificly BACKWARD under this clown and board, to the point where he has without doubt earned himself the worthy tag of the WORST incumbent of the manger's seat. graham whatever your name is, are you a relative of boothroyd because you seem to spout similar psycho-babble clap trap, or perhaps you've listened to hoofroyds nauseas I'm excited by the Northampton Town challenge' interview - a joke in itself.
I am no relative of Boofers, or anyone else related to WFC!

I just happen to support the club, unlike you!

Aidy brought us the happiest days of the last 40-odd years in the history of the club, excepting of course, the legendary years of GT.

If you are so experienced in management, which
I doubt very much, you do not give a manager you do not trust, all the pennies to blow in the sweet shop like a little kiddie!

Aidy made some poor signings! So did GT (as mentioned above, Graveline, Wooter, etc). Both failed in their desperate attempts to keep us in the Prem!

The seasons following relegation from the Prem, GT resigned because he stated he could take the club no further!

Aidy, however, battled on against all adversaries and adversities, and even managed a play-off place for the second time!

Not many WFC managers have managed that twice!! In fact, have any???? No, I do not think so!!

Do not blame Aidy! If Simpson and Ashton were in charge of the cash, why give it to Boofers to blow, if they did not trust him?

It is obvious to everyone that Simpson and Ashton were the money people, and they blew it! Simples! That is, of course, with the exception of people like you who go around wearing anti-Aidy blinkers all of the time!!

On the footballing front, the only forward line to equal that of King, Young, Henderson and Spring was the never to be forgotten quartet of Barnes, Blissett, Jenkins and Callaghan!!

GT first. Aidy a clear second. All the others do not come into the top category of promo to the Prem, and are nothing more than also rans!!
[quote][p][bold]Wags it all about?[/bold] wrote: Mickey very surprised as an FD you struggle with the concept of net shortfall / losses / debt / crap football or whatever other ratio you care to measure. The club went honorificly BACKWARD under this clown and board, to the point where he has without doubt earned himself the worthy tag of the WORST incumbent of the manger's seat. graham whatever your name is, are you a relative of boothroyd because you seem to spout similar psycho-babble clap trap, or perhaps you've listened to hoofroyds nauseas I'm excited by the Northampton Town challenge' interview - a joke in itself.[/p][/quote]I am no relative of Boofers, or anyone else related to WFC! I just happen to support the club, unlike you! Aidy brought us the happiest days of the last 40-odd years in the history of the club, excepting of course, the legendary years of GT. If you are so experienced in management, which I doubt very much, you do not give a manager you do not trust, all the pennies to blow in the sweet shop like a little kiddie! Aidy made some poor signings! So did GT (as mentioned above, Graveline, Wooter, etc). Both failed in their desperate attempts to keep us in the Prem! The seasons following relegation from the Prem, GT resigned because he stated he could take the club no further! Aidy, however, battled on against all adversaries and adversities, and even managed a play-off place for the second time! Not many WFC managers have managed that twice!! In fact, have any???? No, I do not think so!! Do not blame Aidy! If Simpson and Ashton were in charge of the cash, why give it to Boofers to blow, if they did not trust him? It is obvious to everyone that Simpson and Ashton were the money people, and they blew it! Simples! That is, of course, with the exception of people like you who go around wearing anti-Aidy blinkers all of the time!! On the footballing front, the only forward line to equal that of King, Young, Henderson and Spring was the never to be forgotten quartet of Barnes, Blissett, Jenkins and Callaghan!! GT first. Aidy a clear second. All the others do not come into the top category of promo to the Prem, and are nothing more than also rans!! grahamfransen
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8:44pm Fri 2 Dec 11

Wags it all about? says...

Mickey you can struggle all you like with the concept, it won't get any easier when you prefer to ignore reality.

Graham whatever your name, I have plenty of management experience, not too much needed however to spot blind blaggers like you.

People like you keep incompetent frauds in a job
Mickey you can struggle all you like with the concept, it won't get any easier when you prefer to ignore reality. Graham whatever your name, I have plenty of management experience, not too much needed however to spot blind blaggers like you. People like you keep incompetent frauds in a job Wags it all about?
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10:20pm Fri 2 Dec 11

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

The facts remain the same as i have listed. If you prefer to remember the end and not take into account the whole of Aidy's reign then I guess we will always differ on our view of his era. I thank him for some amazing memories and wish him well, you don't, lets beg to differ and leave it there.
The facts remain the same as i have listed. If you prefer to remember the end and not take into account the whole of Aidy's reign then I guess we will always differ on our view of his era. I thank him for some amazing memories and wish him well, you don't, lets beg to differ and leave it there. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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8:07am Sat 3 Dec 11

corbindallas says...

Wags it all about? It is you with blinkered vision on the fact's, how you think a manager, a first time new manager at that would be in equal charge of the purse strings is beyond me. Yes some of his signing's didn't pay off, but some did big time (Marlon was brought for just 500k) as pointed out managers are judged on success or failure and in that Aidy is the second best without doubt, promotion via play off and a second playoff as well as good cup run's clearly show that point, it was not uncommon to turn up at the Vic and expect the boy's to score 3 goals a match outside the prem season and in case you miss the point scoring goals is what the games about! His season in the Prem was obviously stunted with Marlon's injury and also he was not given the funds he should have to try and improve his squad and thus relegation was not a surprise to anyone. The reason a poll has/is not done on our best managers is because we all know top and second spot already, for some reason you and a very few others don't?
Wags it all about? It is you with blinkered vision on the fact's, how you think a manager, a first time new manager at that would be in equal charge of the purse strings is beyond me. Yes some of his signing's didn't pay off, but some did big time (Marlon was brought for just 500k) as pointed out managers are judged on success or failure and in that Aidy is the second best without doubt, promotion via play off and a second playoff as well as good cup run's clearly show that point, it was not uncommon to turn up at the Vic and expect the boy's to score 3 goals a match outside the prem season and in case you miss the point scoring goals is what the games about! His season in the Prem was obviously stunted with Marlon's injury and also he was not given the funds he should have to try and improve his squad and thus relegation was not a surprise to anyone. The reason a poll has/is not done on our best managers is because we all know top and second spot already, for some reason you and a very few others don't? corbindallas
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9:42am Sat 3 Dec 11

Wags it all about? says...

Please try to keep up and focus your mind on the atrocious LEGACY this clown was in no small part responsible.

In net terms, we have gone horifickly backward to the point of boasting the WORST stadium in the league as well as the serious and present threat of administration -wake up.

He WAS an instrumental part of the disgraced regime and that means taking full responsibility for the ugly mess we are in.
Please try to keep up and focus your mind on the atrocious LEGACY this clown was in no small part responsible. In net terms, we have gone horifickly backward to the point of boasting the WORST stadium in the league as well as the serious and present threat of administration -wake up. He WAS an instrumental part of the disgraced regime and that means taking full responsibility for the ugly mess we are in. Wags it all about?
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11:38am Sat 3 Dec 11

grahamfransen says...

Wags it all about? wrote:
Please try to keep up and focus your mind on the atrocious LEGACY this clown was in no small part responsible. In net terms, we have gone horifickly backward to the point of boasting the WORST stadium in the league as well as the serious and present threat of administration -wake up. He WAS an instrumental part of the disgraced regime and that means taking full responsibility for the ugly mess we are in.
You have been well and truly out-argued by Micky, Corbindallas, and myself, and all you can do is repeat the same negative argument, over and over again! Are you Buckler using another non de plume?

Not one person has come to your defence, because all true WFC fans know that Aidy was undoubtedly the second best manager we have ever had!

Come on Wobby, have a poll to prove it!

The closure of the East Stand had nothing to do with Aidy, but you go on to claim it was his fault!! Thick, or what?

The East Stand would have been closed even if GTt was in charge, for it was the council who condemned it on human safety grounds!

Simpson and Ashton were supposed "to have ring fenced" money from the Prem to build a new East Stand!

Total liars, the pair of them, and well outside of the remit of the football manager, ie Boofers!

Even with the ground as it is, it is still nowhere near "the worst stadium in the league" as you put it!

On TV it looks great, with three excellent stands of Championship class.
There are many clubs who would love to have a 17000 capacity stadium in the football league, even with just three sides!

And remember, Blackpool were promoted with a three sided stadium, and with gates of just 8000!!

It will not take much to generate a new community stand, and Bas will have this well in hand over the next 12 to 24 months!

So stop whinging, you moany old git! Get behind Bas, SD, and the squad for a change, instead of all of this recent negative keyboard warriorship of a newbie, who has been silent until recently!!!
[quote][p][bold]Wags it all about?[/bold] wrote: Please try to keep up and focus your mind on the atrocious LEGACY this clown was in no small part responsible. In net terms, we have gone horifickly backward to the point of boasting the WORST stadium in the league as well as the serious and present threat of administration -wake up. He WAS an instrumental part of the disgraced regime and that means taking full responsibility for the ugly mess we are in.[/p][/quote]You have been well and truly out-argued by Micky, Corbindallas, and myself, and all you can do is repeat the same negative argument, over and over again! Are you Buckler using another non de plume? Not one person has come to your defence, because all true WFC fans know that Aidy was undoubtedly the second best manager we have ever had! Come on Wobby, have a poll to prove it! The closure of the East Stand had nothing to do with Aidy, but you go on to claim it was his fault!! Thick, or what? The East Stand would have been closed even if GTt was in charge, for it was the council who condemned it on human safety grounds! Simpson and Ashton were supposed "to have ring fenced" money from the Prem to build a new East Stand! Total liars, the pair of them, and well outside of the remit of the football manager, ie Boofers! Even with the ground as it is, it is still nowhere near "the worst stadium in the league" as you put it! On TV it looks great, with three excellent stands of Championship class. There are many clubs who would love to have a 17000 capacity stadium in the football league, even with just three sides! And remember, Blackpool were promoted with a three sided stadium, and with gates of just 8000!! It will not take much to generate a new community stand, and Bas will have this well in hand over the next 12 to 24 months! So stop whinging, you moany old git! Get behind Bas, SD, and the squad for a change, instead of all of this recent negative keyboard warriorship of a newbie, who has been silent until recently!!! grahamfransen
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7:54pm Sat 3 Dec 11

Wags it all about? says...

graham whatever your name is

firstly good win for the lads and let's hope we put some distance between us and embarrassing championship teams like the one we played today..

It's obvious you dont work for MORI or any other self respecting polling agency as your assertion that 3 clappers sharing the same view represenst a meaningful majority is quite puzzling.

Anyway I'm not a new kid on this wobby forum and have posted when appropriate over the past few years. The contrasting views never fail to amuse..

Neither am I an old git nor moaner! We obviously don't agree re boothroyd and it is becoming rather tedious now. so as it's the season of goodwill I wish one and all much merry tidings!
graham whatever your name is firstly good win for the lads and let's hope we put some distance between us and embarrassing championship teams like the one we played today.. It's obvious you dont work for MORI or any other self respecting polling agency as your assertion that 3 clappers sharing the same view represenst a meaningful majority is quite puzzling. Anyway I'm not a new kid on this wobby forum and have posted when appropriate over the past few years. The contrasting views never fail to amuse.. Neither am I an old git nor moaner! We obviously don't agree re boothroyd and it is becoming rather tedious now. so as it's the season of goodwill I wish one and all much merry tidings! Wags it all about?
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9:34am Sun 4 Dec 11

grahamfransen says...

Wags it all about? wrote:
graham whatever your name is firstly good win for the lads and let's hope we put some distance between us and embarrassing championship teams like the one we played today.. It's obvious you dont work for MORI or any other self respecting polling agency as your assertion that 3 clappers sharing the same view represenst a meaningful majority is quite puzzling. Anyway I'm not a new kid on this wobby forum and have posted when appropriate over the past few years. The contrasting views never fail to amuse.. Neither am I an old git nor moaner! We obviously don't agree re boothroyd and it is becoming rather tedious now. so as it's the season of goodwill I wish one and all much merry tidings!
And a happy Xmas to you as well.

Well done to SD, Bas and the boys for another good win yesterday.

Keep this up Sean, and you may get us to the play-offs!!

Will he then become a contender for the third best ever WFC manager behind GT and AB??
[quote][p][bold]Wags it all about?[/bold] wrote: graham whatever your name is firstly good win for the lads and let's hope we put some distance between us and embarrassing championship teams like the one we played today.. It's obvious you dont work for MORI or any other self respecting polling agency as your assertion that 3 clappers sharing the same view represenst a meaningful majority is quite puzzling. Anyway I'm not a new kid on this wobby forum and have posted when appropriate over the past few years. The contrasting views never fail to amuse.. Neither am I an old git nor moaner! We obviously don't agree re boothroyd and it is becoming rather tedious now. so as it's the season of goodwill I wish one and all much merry tidings![/p][/quote]And a happy Xmas to you as well. Well done to SD, Bas and the boys for another good win yesterday. Keep this up Sean, and you may get us to the play-offs!! Will he then become a contender for the third best ever WFC manager behind GT and AB?? grahamfransen
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10:28am Mon 5 Dec 11

G_Whiz says...

Good luck Aidy - Gave me some of my best away days - Palace play off semi (what a free kick by ashley Young) and the final at cardiff, brill.

Just don't mention N.E......oops!
Good luck Aidy - Gave me some of my best away days - Palace play off semi (what a free kick by ashley Young) and the final at cardiff, brill. Just don't mention N.E......oops! G_Whiz
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