Troy Deeney has opened up on his relationship with Vladimir Ivic during his final season as a Watford player and said the former head coach made everyone in the squad doubt their ability.

In his autobiography titled Redemption: My Story which is on sale from today, the former Hornets skipper claimed that no one at the club enjoyed playing under the Serbian and described his managing style as "oppressive".

Ivic was eventually sacked after a defeat away at Huddersfield in which he claimed to have dropped Deeney for "disciplinary reasons".

His eventual replacement Xisco Munoz guided Watford out of the Championship and back to the Premier League.

"Ivic and I never had any problems. Not until the end anyway," he wrote.

"I didn't particularly warm to his management style. I don't think anyone did."

Deeney explains that Ivic brought in a regiment of strict rules and restrictions, including forcing players to stay at the training ground for an hour and a half after they had finished, "just for the sake of it" and said that match analysis would constantly cause players to question their talents, even if they had won the previous game.

"In terms of match analysis, he dissected everything, right down to the minutiae," he continued.

Watford Observer:

"He would take 45 minutes to get through seven or eight clips. You'd come out of the room and someone would turn to you and say, 'God, I'm s***'. He made you feel terrible about yourself.

"When you won, you'd do 40 minutes on the things you did wrong and a couple of minutes on the goals we scored.

"People weren't enjoying their football and it became more and more oppressive. We have got the best job in the world, getting paid a small fortune to play football and we work four or five hours a day and you've got a person who makes you feel like you're not good enough to be there and you're doing everything wrong.

"It was the first time in 13 years that I have never learned anything from a manager."