Udinese release statement stressing Pozzo takeover of Watford 'is not official'

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The Pozzo family have released a statement through their Italian club Udinese stressing the takeover of Watford is still not complete.

Watford put out a statement last night confirming the board of directors had agreed "in principle" to sell the club to the Pozzo family.

But Udinese, who are owned by Gianpaolo Pozzo, have this afternoon stated the "deal is not official".

The announcement read: "The Pozzo family, through its communication company, would like to point out that any news or rumours concerning the purchase of Watford Football Club has to be regarded as premature, because, even if there actually is a real interest, the dealing has not been officialised yet."

Udinese's statement comes after Gino Pozzo made a comment to Gazzetta Dello Sport about Gianfranco Zola becoming the manager of Watford. Click here to read more.

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4:28pm Tue 19 Jun 12

WFC4ever says...

Well hopefuly the deal will be completed in good time.
Well hopefuly the deal will be completed in good time. WFC4ever
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4:34pm Tue 19 Jun 12

SAHornet says...

Hope that Bas and The Board don't anger The Pozzo's into walking away from this deal by their premature revelations. It shows typically bad business practice by Bas in particular and possibly The Board as well.
Hope that Bas and The Board don't anger The Pozzo's into walking away from this deal by their premature revelations. It shows typically bad business practice by Bas in particular and possibly The Board as well. SAHornet
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4:39pm Tue 19 Jun 12

florio56 says...

If Pozzo buys Watford it could be possible that in a few years Watford will go in the Premier: the same thing happened when he bought Granada: it was in 3rd division and now is in the Liga. I'm a supporter of Udinese who knows very well both the Pozzo family and Watford as I lived near there for many years and infact when I come to England I go to Vicarage Road to supports the hornets
If Pozzo buys Watford it could be possible that in a few years Watford will go in the Premier: the same thing happened when he bought Granada: it was in 3rd division and now is in the Liga. I'm a supporter of Udinese who knows very well both the Pozzo family and Watford as I lived near there for many years and infact when I come to England I go to Vicarage Road to supports the hornets florio56
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4:42pm Tue 19 Jun 12

PeteBogHorrorHornet says...

Hmmm? Who reckons they will walk away as Baz opened his mouth too early??
Hmmm? Who reckons they will walk away as Baz opened his mouth too early?? PeteBogHorrorHornet
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4:43pm Tue 19 Jun 12

akureyri says...

Bazs pen is probably in the safe and he cannot get it to sign the transfer document.
Bazs pen is probably in the safe and he cannot get it to sign the transfer document. akureyri
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5:01pm Tue 19 Jun 12

tonupchris says...

I hope this is sorted out sooner rather later. They haven't said it won't happen but it would be typical Watford if somethin went wrong now.
Everything crossed!!!
I hope this is sorted out sooner rather later. They haven't said it won't happen but it would be typical Watford if somethin went wrong now. Everything crossed!!! tonupchris
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5:19pm Tue 19 Jun 12

kthornet says...

akureyri - funniest thing I've read all day AND that's considering I've read some of the laughably childish comments on other WO articles
akureyri - funniest thing I've read all day AND that's considering I've read some of the laughably childish comments on other WO articles kthornet
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5:55pm Tue 19 Jun 12

stevyweavy says...

SAHornet wrote:
Hope that Bas and The Board don't anger The Pozzo's into walking away from this deal by their premature revelations. It shows typically bad business practice by Bas in particular and possibly The Board as well.
Actually this statement was in response to his son prematurely stating to the Italian press that they would be looking to appoint Zola as manager and more likely to appease the Watford board as nothing has been signed yet. I am sure the Watford board would have sought approval from the Pozzo family prior to making an announcement that a deal in principal had been agreed between both parties. Whilst nothing has been signed the Watford board would not like it if Dyche left for another club based on the premature Zola comments.
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Hope that Bas and The Board don't anger The Pozzo's into walking away from this deal by their premature revelations. It shows typically bad business practice by Bas in particular and possibly The Board as well.[/p][/quote]Actually this statement was in response to his son prematurely stating to the Italian press that they would be looking to appoint Zola as manager and more likely to appease the Watford board as nothing has been signed yet. I am sure the Watford board would have sought approval from the Pozzo family prior to making an announcement that a deal in principal had been agreed between both parties. Whilst nothing has been signed the Watford board would not like it if Dyche left for another club based on the premature Zola comments. stevyweavy
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7:01pm Tue 19 Jun 12

Casterbridge says...

Dyche should be retained, at least for the time being. Evolution, not revolution.
Dyche should be retained, at least for the time being. Evolution, not revolution. Casterbridge
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7:22pm Tue 19 Jun 12

Retlas says...

I hope this goes through successfully but to paraphrase David Coleman, I think he's gone too early.
Certainly hope not!
I hope this goes through successfully but to paraphrase David Coleman, I think he's gone too early. Certainly hope not! Retlas
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8:46pm Tue 19 Jun 12

Paul Gadd says...

who cares if LB and the Board now wake up with a nag's head next to them, bring on the pozzos!! COYH ! bellissimo!
who cares if LB and the Board now wake up with a nag's head next to them, bring on the pozzos!! COYH ! bellissimo! Paul Gadd
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11:48pm Tue 19 Jun 12

aussihornet says...

I'm not entirely happy to see Pozzo declare on the Italian Clubs site, that the deal is not officially struck yet, fills me with doubt!

Please have this done by end of the week!!!!!!!
I'm not entirely happy to see Pozzo declare on the Italian Clubs site, that the deal is not officially struck yet, fills me with doubt! Please have this done by end of the week!!!!!!! aussihornet
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7:18am Wed 20 Jun 12

endean1 says...

oh dear just read that Kuszczak
has gone to Brighton,
I know that the deal has not been done yet but it would have been a great signing for us and a real statement of ambition.
oh dear just read that Kuszczak has gone to Brighton, I know that the deal has not been done yet but it would have been a great signing for us and a real statement of ambition. endean1
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8:28am Wed 20 Jun 12

Chris the Vic says...

Watford board have approved the deal in principle.

It does not mean the Pozzo family have rubber stamped the deal neither does it mean the parties have entered into a contract, nor even signed Heads of Terms.

Give it a fortnight and then we will know more.

In meantime I was so NOT impressed to see that our loan keeper had signed for Brighton.
Watford board have approved the deal in principle. It does not mean the Pozzo family have rubber stamped the deal neither does it mean the parties have entered into a contract, nor even signed Heads of Terms. Give it a fortnight and then we will know more. In meantime I was so NOT impressed to see that our loan keeper had signed for Brighton. Chris the Vic
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8:41am Wed 20 Jun 12

COGGDAVE1 says...

Maybe they've read posts on here from bankrupt and buckler ..and thought ..if thats the mentality of the average Watford fan ... lets run a 1000 miles in the other direction !!!!!
Maybe they've read posts on here from bankrupt and buckler ..and thought ..if thats the mentality of the average Watford fan ... lets run a 1000 miles in the other direction !!!!! COGGDAVE1
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8:52am Wed 20 Jun 12

WFC4ever says...

It waas pretty ulikely that TK would sign for us
It waas pretty ulikely that TK would sign for us WFC4ever
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9:46am Wed 20 Jun 12

watford1881 says...

I hope the takeover takes place..
I hope the takeover takes place.. watford1881
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10:21am Wed 20 Jun 12

garston tony says...

COGGDAVE1 wrote:
Maybe they've read posts on here from bankrupt and buckler ..and thought ..if thats the mentality of the average Watford fan ... lets run a 1000 miles in the other direction !!!!!
Chuckle chuckle
[quote][p][bold]COGGDAVE1[/bold] wrote: Maybe they've read posts on here from bankrupt and buckler ..and thought ..if thats the mentality of the average Watford fan ... lets run a 1000 miles in the other direction !!!!![/p][/quote]Chuckle chuckle garston tony
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10:50am Wed 20 Jun 12

KeithMercer says...

COGGDAVE1 wrote:
Maybe they've read posts on here from bankrupt and buckler ..and thought ..if thats the mentality of the average Watford fan ... lets run a 1000 miles in the other direction !!!!!
Strange Comment ! why would they do that ! Bucks , Mr B and LD are exactly the type of supporters any ambitious club would want to have on board.
People with passion, loyalty, drive and determination to see Watford back where they belong. Its the wimpy mugs like you , Franky Frazer, Emmer green Hornet and Mr Magoo that would worry me !!.
But your probarbly all to busy eating bucket loads of humble pie !! Ciao
[quote][p][bold]COGGDAVE1[/bold] wrote: Maybe they've read posts on here from bankrupt and buckler ..and thought ..if thats the mentality of the average Watford fan ... lets run a 1000 miles in the other direction !!!!![/p][/quote]Strange Comment ! why would they do that ! Bucks , Mr B and LD are exactly the type of supporters any ambitious club would want to have on board. People with passion, loyalty, drive and determination to see Watford back where they belong. Its the wimpy mugs like you , Franky Frazer, Emmer green Hornet and Mr Magoo that would worry me !!. But your probarbly all to busy eating bucket loads of humble pie !! Ciao KeithMercer
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10:53am Wed 20 Jun 12

Toshhorn says...

Well now there is a spanner in the works, I hope the man from the Trust and ALL other negative posters are happy. Now we will have to stay with Baz, lets see if the pitch repair is completed on time.
Well now there is a spanner in the works, I hope the man from the Trust and ALL other negative posters are happy. Now we will have to stay with Baz, lets see if the pitch repair is completed on time. Toshhorn
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12:28pm Wed 20 Jun 12

kingofpop says...

keithmercer....when you say "back to where we belong" i assume you mean the premiership? I was a little confused as while it would be good be established in the top flight in our 131 year history we have spent less than a decade in the top flight so to say that we belong there most would say we dont belong there and we have spent the majority of our time in the bottom 2 divisions
keithmercer....when you say "back to where we belong" i assume you mean the premiership? I was a little confused as while it would be good be established in the top flight in our 131 year history we have spent less than a decade in the top flight so to say that we belong there most would say we dont belong there and we have spent the majority of our time in the bottom 2 divisions kingofpop
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10:05am Thu 21 Jun 12

garston tony says...

Woa, hold your horses Keithmercer and Toshhorn.

Just because I dont dislike/hate LB for being a former bankrup and have judged him on what he has actually done on the club does NOT mean I lack passion, loyalty or ambition for the club.

My opinion of him has not been proven wrong at all so why again these nonsense remarks about having to apologise?

As to Buckler et al being 'exactly' the kind of supporters a club needs are you talking about making threats of violence and throwing insults just because someone has a different opinion to them? Sorry, but that is precisely the type of person that gave English football a bad name and precisely the type of person that the game doesnt need. Passion is one thing, wanting to be violent is another.

Tosh, I dont think anyone has been negative about the potential new owners. I've pointed out some of their history (but only to highlight the gross hypocracy of people ike Buckler) but said time and again i'm happy to judge them on what they do at and for Watford and at worst people have just expresses reservations due to the unknown.

If a potential new owner sees such mild comments and runs off then we're probably better off without them!
Woa, hold your horses Keithmercer and Toshhorn. Just because I dont dislike/hate LB for being a former bankrup and have judged him on what he has actually done on the club does NOT mean I lack passion, loyalty or ambition for the club. My opinion of him has not been proven wrong at all so why again these nonsense remarks about having to apologise? As to Buckler et al being 'exactly' the kind of supporters a club needs are you talking about making threats of violence and throwing insults just because someone has a different opinion to them? Sorry, but that is precisely the type of person that gave English football a bad name and precisely the type of person that the game doesnt need. Passion is one thing, wanting to be violent is another. Tosh, I dont think anyone has been negative about the potential new owners. I've pointed out some of their history (but only to highlight the gross hypocracy of people ike Buckler) but said time and again i'm happy to judge them on what they do at and for Watford and at worst people have just expresses reservations due to the unknown. If a potential new owner sees such mild comments and runs off then we're probably better off without them! garston tony
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