Are you sure Mr Holloway?

After Crystal Palace’s 2 goal comeback against Watford on Friday night, Ian Holloway slated the way the hornets loan so many players from Udinese.

Holloway labelled Watford a ‘foreign’ team also mentioning that the system prevents producing players for our country. Crystal Palace’s had 5 non-English players in their starting XI for the game, the same amount as in the Watford starting XI.

Holloway also said that his club are getting players from the local area and are working with them. Crystal Palace’s match day squad included 2 academy graduates compared to Watford’s 4.

Holloway thought that having so many loan players in a squad is wrong. When the match between the two promotion hopefuls came to an end, Watford had 4 loanees on the pitch, the same amount that Crystal Palace had.

As an aspiring journalist myself, I believe that everyone is entitled to an opinion. I just think it is wrong when the media or the public voice their negative views on Watford and our unique system, without looking at the facts or actually researching.

Martin Samuel (Daily Mail) was a classic case of this along with Suzanne Geldard (Lancashire Telegraph). They both wrote negative articles on Watford and got main facts wrong portraying us in a very bad way.

I and fellow Watford fans aren’t in denial, we knew that there was going to be an influx of foreign players but the Pozzo’s and Gianfranco Zola have managed the situation perfectly.

Watford did sign many players from Udinese and Granada, but the players from last season still got a chance to prove themselves. If you look at the likes of Chris Iwelumo, Joe Garner and Carl Dickinson, they were all regulars last season and were given their chance at the start of this season, but when the management staff realised they weren’t quite good enough, they moved them on. The owners kept the main spine of last season’s team: John Eustace, Nyron Nosworthy, Mark Yeates, Lloyd Doyley, Jonathan Hogg and Troy Deeney. These players proved their worth and have since featured in the team this season on a regular occasion.

The club have also been good with the young academy graduates. Sean Murray, Connor Smith, Jonathan Bond and Tommie Hoban are all getting a look in after signing long-term contracts showing that the club is serious about the academy and our younger players. 

Football pundits, fans, mangers and journalists forget to mention these players when labelling Watford as ‘Udinese Reserves’.

At the end of the day, does it really matter what everyone else thinks? We’re not breaking any rules and have found the right balance which has worked wonders on the pitch in recent times.

Let’s hope that ‘little old Watford’ can keep plugging away and reach the Premier League a year early than the Pozzo’s had targeted.

 

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3:31am Sun 10 Feb 13

goldenboy1993 says...

excellent points, Holloway is an ****, noone denies that, just look at the way he threw his toys out the pram with Wenger and Zaha and then did the same thing to Boyd, he is a hypocrite, I don't think anyone in footbll takes him seriously so I wouldn't worry. Good article though
excellent points, Holloway is an ****, noone denies that, just look at the way he threw his toys out the pram with Wenger and Zaha and then did the same thing to Boyd, he is a hypocrite, I don't think anyone in footbll takes him seriously so I wouldn't worry. Good article though goldenboy1993

4:37pm Sun 10 Feb 13

abbotshornet says...

Good artical making very valid points, I don't read the trashy Mail but I am aware the moron Samuels has been running Watford down from way back in the Taylor years.
It used to be our style of play, now they cannot find fault with that they have latched on to some of our squad being on loan from abroard.
Sour grapes from Holloway because he knows this Watford side can only get better and a lot of the so called big clubs may not be able to compete.
Well off clubs have been getting players from overseas rather than develop home grown talent for many a year, why single Watford out who have always brought on British youngsters.
Judging by our display after we went 2 up Friday we still have a way to go, lets hope Zola can sort it out. COYH
Good artical making very valid points, I don't read the trashy Mail but I am aware the moron Samuels has been running Watford down from way back in the Taylor years. It used to be our style of play, now they cannot find fault with that they have latched on to some of our squad being on loan from abroard. Sour grapes from Holloway because he knows this Watford side can only get better and a lot of the so called big clubs may not be able to compete. Well off clubs have been getting players from overseas rather than develop home grown talent for many a year, why single Watford out who have always brought on British youngsters. Judging by our display after we went 2 up Friday we still have a way to go, lets hope Zola can sort it out. COYH abbotshornet

6:08pm Sun 10 Feb 13

gulfhornet says...

Holloway is a buffoon and notorious self-publicist! Excellent points, Jamie let the facts speak for themselves while the sour grapes make Holloway more of an idiot - a football manager wearing red gloves - I rest my case!
Holloway is a buffoon and notorious self-publicist! Excellent points, Jamie let the facts speak for themselves while the sour grapes make Holloway more of an idiot - a football manager wearing red gloves - I rest my case! gulfhornet

7:45pm Sun 10 Feb 13

boobabar says...

Complained to beeb about holloways one sided xenophobic rant on the football league show but won't hold my breath for a reply as most at the beeb are palace fans
Complained to beeb about holloways one sided xenophobic rant on the football league show but won't hold my breath for a reply as most at the beeb are palace fans boobabar

7:55pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Jamie McDougall says...

Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated!
Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated! Jamie McDougall

10:08pm Sun 10 Feb 13

dolly33 says...

Holloway comes in the same catagary as ferguson,
always talking about other people and clubs.
One would think they are the best refs in the council.
I prefer zola;s little grin.
Holloway comes in the same catagary as ferguson, always talking about other people and clubs. One would think they are the best refs in the council. I prefer zola;s little grin. dolly33

10:50pm Sun 10 Feb 13

BC Hornet says...

Keep up the good work Jamie - The Daily Mail just doesn't like any foreigners at all so don't worry about some hack from there and as for the Lancashire Telegraph it hardly reflects widespread opinion, eh?
Keep up the good work Jamie - The Daily Mail just doesn't like any foreigners at all so don't worry about some hack from there and as for the Lancashire Telegraph it hardly reflects widespread opinion, eh? BC Hornet

11:33pm Sun 10 Feb 13

ChunkeyMonkey says...

For those of us who have been round the block with the team of the eighties, this is reminiscent of the long ball "debate" at that time. When opposition managers start criticising (unfounded or not) clearly we are a threat.

Where we do have an advantage is that a number of he loanees have been together at Udinese and have played together so bedded in at Watford more readily than a disparate group of loanees perhaps would have done.

Loving it. Onwards and upwards!
For those of us who have been round the block with the team of the eighties, this is reminiscent of the long ball "debate" at that time. When opposition managers start criticising (unfounded or not) clearly we are a threat. Where we do have an advantage is that a number of he loanees have been together at Udinese and have played together so bedded in at Watford more readily than a disparate group of loanees perhaps would have done. Loving it. Onwards and upwards! ChunkeyMonkey

10:43am Mon 11 Feb 13

dimples says...

Toys "R" Us must of had a good sale last Friday morning - I can't stand Hollaway, the biggest cry baby ever to come to the English foootball league!!
Toys "R" Us must of had a good sale last Friday morning - I can't stand Hollaway, the biggest cry baby ever to come to the English foootball league!! dimples

11:12am Mon 11 Feb 13

Watford Voice of reason says...

Excellent and well researched comments!
Excellent and well researched comments! Watford Voice of reason

2:54pm Mon 11 Feb 13

the 'orns are going up says...

Complaining to the Beeb won't get you anywhere. They have their transmitter at Crystal Palace...of course they won't say anything negative about that team or their manager
Complaining to the Beeb won't get you anywhere. They have their transmitter at Crystal Palace...of course they won't say anything negative about that team or their manager the 'orns are going up

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