Watford CEO and chairman Scott Duxbury has credited head coach Xisco Munoz for turning the team's fortunes around on the pitch and getting the club back into the Premier League.

In an interview with TalkSport, Duxbury said that Munoz "transformed the atmosphere" following his arrival and deserved to take "all the credit" for the achievement. He has also said that the head coach will be given time to implement his identity in the Premier League next season.

Asked about the pressure on his shoulders to ensure the team were promoted last season, the chairman said the expectation he felt came from the quality of the team he had assembled.

"Pressure comes from within," said Duxbury. "When you assemble a squad that I personally thought was of a standard that should be promoted, then you want to hit those standards, and you want to make sure that you do achieve what you set out to achieve at the beginning. I think had we not have done that there would have been this this feeling of disappointment that we hadn't fulfilled our potential because we really did create a squad that was so focused, so determined to get promotion that in the end, it almost became inevitable. There was that desire to win every game, particularly after Christmas, when the coach came in.

"Xisco really transformed the atmosphere, he really deserves all of the credit for achieving what we did because we have some excellent players, and he just got them to switch on, he changed the mentality, he changed the mood he changed the focus, and you could see on the pitch, they started to enjoy the football, they started to attack and they started to believe they can win the games.

"He really does deserve a lot of credit for how we approached the league after Christmas."

Despite successfully navigating the Championship and sealing promotion at the first attempt, Duxbury said he still has a lot to learn ahead of next season.

"You never stop learning and you're always going to make mistakes in football," he said. "That's just life and we've identified certain things that we did wrong, as management, we've identified things that we did wrong in coaching and we'll try and rectify them but you never stop learning.

"It's a competitive sport and the Premier League gets more and more competitive, but we feel we've got a good squad, we clearly will try and strengthen it, and we'll we'll try and improve and as I said, that improvement process is identifying the mistakes which we think we have made and we'll try and address them."