Gino Pozzo says he won't jeopardise Watford's future in search of Premier League football

Gino Pozzo spent several days in England this week. Picture: Holly Cant

Gino Pozzo spent several days in England this week. Picture: Holly Cant

First published in Latest Football News

Watford co-owner Gino Pozzo has stressed his family will not jeopardise the club's future in an attempt to reach the Premier League.

The Pozzo family took over Watford in the summer to take their tally of clubs to three following their previous acquisition of Udinese and Granada.

Pozzo said: "Football is a long-term project. You never know what is going to happen in one or two years. That is not a time frame where you are able to develop a plan.

"You definitely need a long-term approach and you have to be able to change your vision depending on how things develop, as there is a difference between being in the Championship and being in the Premier League.

"We are definitely going to aim for the Premier League but we do not want to jeopardise the club’s finance or the way the club is run to do it. Sometimes when you push things too much, it just will not work in the long term.

"We definitely want to build something that is going to be stable in the Premier League and in order to do that, you have got to do things one step at a time and that is our objective.

"I think this is a club that can grow much further in the Premier League and can be a club where we can recognise our values and can grow our values inside the club."

Pozzo's comments were made during an interview with the Watford Observer on Wednesday. Part one of the interview is in this week's paper which is on sale now.

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7:26am Fri 9 Nov 12

hornet88 says...

I'm off to get my copy now then.
I'm off to get my copy now then. hornet88
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7:40am Fri 9 Nov 12

DunstableHornet58 says...

As they said "Rome was not built in a day". So far this season the club has been given a good squad of players. I think we can all see we are much stronger than last year and playing a more exciting style of football. If we can start taking our chances and score a few more goals we will move up the table. I am expecting a good second half to the season but we must not expect promotion this season. If we can get to the Premiership again we should then be more prepared for it.
As they said "Rome was not built in a day". So far this season the club has been given a good squad of players. I think we can all see we are much stronger than last year and playing a more exciting style of football. If we can start taking our chances and score a few more goals we will move up the table. I am expecting a good second half to the season but we must not expect promotion this season. If we can get to the Premiership again we should then be more prepared for it. DunstableHornet58
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7:58am Fri 9 Nov 12

craig239 says...

Rome may not be the best analogy as it all came crashing down
Rome may not be the best analogy as it all came crashing down craig239
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8:02am Fri 9 Nov 12

JohnnyHornet says...

Personally I'd rather it took a few years and was then a sustainable project of being in the premiership, rather than being a yo-yo club.
Personally I'd rather it took a few years and was then a sustainable project of being in the premiership, rather than being a yo-yo club. JohnnyHornet
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8:15am Fri 9 Nov 12

craig239 says...

The nice thng is that if we did go up ahead of shedule then the resources of the other clubs squads would make survival more likely. Nice problem to have.If the premier league cave me a greater return han la liga or seria a I know where I'd put my best players
The nice thng is that if we did go up ahead of shedule then the resources of the other clubs squads would make survival more likely. Nice problem to have.If the premier league cave me a greater return han la liga or seria a I know where I'd put my best players craig239
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8:16am Fri 9 Nov 12

craig239 says...

must get the key board changed!!! sorry about spelling
must get the key board changed!!! sorry about spelling craig239
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8:20am Fri 9 Nov 12

Travelling Hornet says...

I admit I was one of those people that thought with the influx of quality players promotion was assured!

I still think we are good enough to get it, but thinking more rationally , this season would be too soon .

Much better as GZ said, to adjust this year, strengthen the team then have a good go next year and enjoy some measure of superiority over the opposition,not a year of struggle in the prem with an emerging side!

The Pozzos understand this ( as a fan it's easy to get carried away) and have their feet firmly on the ground.
We as Watford fans should thank our lucky stars the Pozzos chose us!
With Nani And Duxbury at the helm our club couldn't be in better hands
I admit I was one of those people that thought with the influx of quality players promotion was assured! I still think we are good enough to get it, but thinking more rationally , this season would be too soon . Much better as GZ said, to adjust this year, strengthen the team then have a good go next year and enjoy some measure of superiority over the opposition,not a year of struggle in the prem with an emerging side! The Pozzos understand this ( as a fan it's easy to get carried away) and have their feet firmly on the ground. We as Watford fans should thank our lucky stars the Pozzos chose us! With Nani And Duxbury at the helm our club couldn't be in better hands Travelling Hornet
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8:52am Fri 9 Nov 12

WessexLad says...

Premiership or not, I think we are getting our money's worth in terms of the entertainment on offer.
Premiership or not, I think we are getting our money's worth in terms of the entertainment on offer. WessexLad
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9:01am Fri 9 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

I'm so pleased that we are hearing more from the owners/board as it now draws a line under all the moaners previous doom mungering posts!
The Pozzo take over came at the right time both financially and time wise - this is going to be a tight league with any of the current top 16 clubs still withing touching distance of promotion and with the players we have this is the best we've looked for 6 years!
For me the Premier Leauges bottom 6 clubs are poor with little resources so if promotion was achieved this season then we could compeate unlike our two previous attempts!
I'm happy personally if we have a top 8 finish and push on next season to get automatic promotion with a more settled squad with the best 6/7 loan players being signed permenantly and adding a couple of quality signings!
Hopefully this will be the case and in a few years time we can be a premier league side with a new east stand and with attendances of over 20,000 every week! :-)
Come On You Orns!
I'm so pleased that we are hearing more from the owners/board as it now draws a line under all the moaners previous doom mungering posts! The Pozzo take over came at the right time both financially and time wise - this is going to be a tight league with any of the current top 16 clubs still withing touching distance of promotion and with the players we have this is the best we've looked for 6 years! For me the Premier Leauges bottom 6 clubs are poor with little resources so if promotion was achieved this season then we could compeate unlike our two previous attempts! I'm happy personally if we have a top 8 finish and push on next season to get automatic promotion with a more settled squad with the best 6/7 loan players being signed permenantly and adding a couple of quality signings! Hopefully this will be the case and in a few years time we can be a premier league side with a new east stand and with attendances of over 20,000 every week! :-) Come On You Orns! DuffmanWFC
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9:04am Fri 9 Nov 12

jimbowfc says...

I have said from the start that I am not expecting instant success, but I do believe sustained success will come.

I would not be surprised to see us pushing for a European slot within the next 5 seasons.
I have said from the start that I am not expecting instant success, but I do believe sustained success will come. I would not be surprised to see us pushing for a European slot within the next 5 seasons. jimbowfc
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9:50am Fri 9 Nov 12

londomollari says...

craig239 wrote:
Rome may not be the best analogy as it all came crashing down
After some five or six hundred years of empire. I'd take that at Watford
[quote][p][bold]craig239[/bold] wrote: Rome may not be the best analogy as it all came crashing down[/p][/quote]After some five or six hundred years of empire. I'd take that at Watford londomollari
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11:57am Fri 9 Nov 12

craig239 says...

londomollari wrote:
craig239 wrote:
Rome may not be the best analogy as it all came crashing down
After some five or six hundred years of empire. I'd take that at Watford
Good Point
[quote][p][bold]londomollari[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]craig239[/bold] wrote: Rome may not be the best analogy as it all came crashing down[/p][/quote]After some five or six hundred years of empire. I'd take that at Watford[/p][/quote]Good Point craig239
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12:10pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Andrew1963 says...

I just enjoy going along with a team that is entertaining and competitive - stability, building the crowd, renovating the stadium, a nice little FA Cup run - summer tour in Italy - that'll do me for the next 8 months
I just enjoy going along with a team that is entertaining and competitive - stability, building the crowd, renovating the stadium, a nice little FA Cup run - summer tour in Italy - that'll do me for the next 8 months Andrew1963
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12:29pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Bush Hornet says...

WessexLad wrote:
Premiership or not, I think we are getting our money's worth in terms of the entertainment on offer.
Well worded Wessex
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: Premiership or not, I think we are getting our money's worth in terms of the entertainment on offer.[/p][/quote]Well worded Wessex Bush Hornet
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1:35pm Fri 9 Nov 12

lutondown says...

It's looking rosy chaps!
Just read the observer and having attended the forum can only conclude this is the real thing. I love the football we are working at playing, so much so I do not want to miss a game.
If Millwalls game is to be deemed poor, then it shows how much fans expectations have risen.
It's looking rosy chaps! Just read the observer and having attended the forum can only conclude this is the real thing. I love the football we are working at playing, so much so I do not want to miss a game. If Millwalls game is to be deemed poor, then it shows how much fans expectations have risen. lutondown
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3:22pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Alexander Hilcroft says...

Wise words. Very impressive statement.Just imagine how depressing it would be if the club was owned by, say, an ex-bankrupt who kept all the cash from match-day proceedings in safe to fund his own massive cocaine habit!! What a nightmare that would be
Wise words. Very impressive statement.Just imagine how depressing it would be if the club was owned by, say, an ex-bankrupt who kept all the cash from match-day proceedings in safe to fund his own massive cocaine habit!! What a nightmare that would be Alexander Hilcroft
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6:33pm Fri 9 Nov 12

SAHornet says...

I remember just after the take over the voices of doom and gloom and despair. Don't see any of that now. Either they've gone away or had a bit of a reality check.
I remember just after the take over the voices of doom and gloom and despair. Don't see any of that now. Either they've gone away or had a bit of a reality check. SAHornet
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10:08am Sat 10 Nov 12

Bush Hornet says...

lutondown wrote:
It's looking rosy chaps!
Just read the observer and having attended the forum can only conclude this is the real thing. I love the football we are working at playing, so much so I do not want to miss a game.
If Millwalls game is to be deemed poor, then it shows how much fans expectations have risen.
Tbh coming away from the Vic Tues was not depressing in the least. Felt less empty than if we'd been pumping long balls in just to get a result. So good to know the club is genuinely on the up and results is just a matter of time
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: It's looking rosy chaps! Just read the observer and having attended the forum can only conclude this is the real thing. I love the football we are working at playing, so much so I do not want to miss a game. If Millwalls game is to be deemed poor, then it shows how much fans expectations have risen.[/p][/quote]Tbh coming away from the Vic Tues was not depressing in the least. Felt less empty than if we'd been pumping long balls in just to get a result. So good to know the club is genuinely on the up and results is just a matter of time Bush Hornet
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