Gianfranco Zola's open letter to Watford FC fans after resigning as head coach

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Gianfranco Zola has written an open letter to Watford fans after his decision to resign as head coach.

The letter on Watford's website read: I am writing this today with a very heavy heart and after a lot of consideration, to tell you that I have resigned from my head coach position at Watford.

First of all, this decision has not been made quickly. I mentioned after the game on Saturday that I wanted to think about things overnight and that is exactly what I have done.

I must place Watford Football Club first in my thoughts and it is for this reason that I have taken my action.

I feel that it is in the best interests of the team that somebody new is given the chance to bring the success which we have all hoped for and worked very hard for.

It is for a variety of reasons, and not just over one matter or one moment, that I feel this is the right decision for me, in the best interests of the club - and I know I can trust you, the supporters, to respect my decision fully.

Last season was such an amazing time, for the players, the staff and the supporters. And I loved that journey. Every minute of it brought a new challenge, different experiences and a lot of learning.

I have had supporters tell me that the Leicester game in May was the most amazing moment in their time supporting their club.

I will always remember having been welcomed so warmly to this wonderful football club, to have been supported so fully and to have been able to share moments of excitement and joy that will always live with me.

But this game does not wait and does not stop. There is always the next challenge and a new environment ahead which means nothing is ever the same.

For now, I want to wish the players, the staff, the fans and everyone else who has Watford Football Club at heart my best wishes for the future.

It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve this club and I am sure we will see each other again one day.

Best wishes,

Gianfranco

Read Watford's statement on Zola's resignation here.

Some of the Watford players have commented on Zola's departure here

The early favourites for the vacant job can be viewed here

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5:04pm Mon 16 Dec 13

femalehornet122 says...

I am so sad to read this letter from Zola. I don't think there was too much that was needed to sort things out. What he deeded was a second in command who knew all the problem of the championship and how teams can shut up shop. That has been the main thing. Now of course we have let the bully boys have their way in seeing a great good man go by the way side. I wish we could have suppoted him properly to allow hm time to deal with the bad times. He has and always will have my best wishes and I am so sorry that he won't be with us to turn us around.

The buy boys will only be satisfed when they see us relegated , giving in to all their despicable spite.

Good luck Zola my thoughts are with you and your family .
I am so sad to read this letter from Zola. I don't think there was too much that was needed to sort things out. What he deeded was a second in command who knew all the problem of the championship and how teams can shut up shop. That has been the main thing. Now of course we have let the bully boys have their way in seeing a great good man go by the way side. I wish we could have suppoted him properly to allow hm time to deal with the bad times. He has and always will have my best wishes and I am so sorry that he won't be with us to turn us around. The buy boys will only be satisfed when they see us relegated , giving in to all their despicable spite. Good luck Zola my thoughts are with you and your family . femalehornet122

5:04pm Mon 16 Dec 13

MozzyHorn says...

Sad to see him go but results were not good enough over recent months and there was a certain inevitability in his leaving
Sad to see him go but results were not good enough over recent months and there was a certain inevitability in his leaving MozzyHorn

5:07pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Dr.Hackenbush says...

A perfect gentleman, from beginning to the end. It's tough in the Championship and perhaps this year too tough for Gianfranco. Not all of his decisions worked, not all the new signings have delivered and not all of our fans have shown him enough respect. But he can leave with his head held high and has left us with some wonderful memories.
Good luck to whoever comes in, and please never again return to the hoofball days.
Thanks Zola
A perfect gentleman, from beginning to the end. It's tough in the Championship and perhaps this year too tough for Gianfranco. Not all of his decisions worked, not all the new signings have delivered and not all of our fans have shown him enough respect. But he can leave with his head held high and has left us with some wonderful memories. Good luck to whoever comes in, and please never again return to the hoofball days. Thanks Zola Dr.Hackenbush

5:12pm Mon 16 Dec 13

SimmyB says...

I am so sad at this.
I am so sad at this. SimmyB

5:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

andyrankin says...

A real nice man. BUT it was time to go and we need to move on. Call me a muppet or whatever the happy clappers care to say but this was the right decision for both Zola and WFC. I wish Zola all the best but I doubt he will manage in UK again.
Now let's bring in the right man and move on to achieve the Pozzo dream.
A real nice man. BUT it was time to go and we need to move on. Call me a muppet or whatever the happy clappers care to say but this was the right decision for both Zola and WFC. I wish Zola all the best but I doubt he will manage in UK again. Now let's bring in the right man and move on to achieve the Pozzo dream. andyrankin

5:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

KeithMercer says...

Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .
Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice . KeithMercer

5:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

KeithMercer wrote:
Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .
Stop dreaming. They're not going to spend £3m on a new striker ! Maybe another reserve or two from U or G.
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .[/p][/quote]Stop dreaming. They're not going to spend £3m on a new striker ! Maybe another reserve or two from U or G. Mickey Quinn, not so thin

5:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

andyhooked says...

Football is a hard game. No place for sentiments. GFZ tried his best but this time around not good enough and not helped by below standard Udinese fall over merchants and poor value loanees. Vydra;s place was never filled. Where the blame for this lies is perhaps not just down to Zola
Football is a hard game. No place for sentiments. GFZ tried his best but this time around not good enough and not helped by below standard Udinese fall over merchants and poor value loanees. Vydra;s place was never filled. Where the blame for this lies is perhaps not just down to Zola andyhooked

5:20pm Mon 16 Dec 13

WOReader says...

I said that Sean Dyche would be a hard act to follow and so it has turned out. Having said that I loved the GFZ style of football last season but I am not sure how realistic it was in the Championship without top quality players. The fact that the club preferred GFZ over Dyche seemed to indicate that they wanted to go with top quality players but have failed to deliver this for GFZ in sufficient numbers.
I said that Sean Dyche would be a hard act to follow and so it has turned out. Having said that I loved the GFZ style of football last season but I am not sure how realistic it was in the Championship without top quality players. The fact that the club preferred GFZ over Dyche seemed to indicate that they wanted to go with top quality players but have failed to deliver this for GFZ in sufficient numbers. WOReader

5:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Boxhorn says...

KeithMercer wrote:
Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .
muppet....
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .[/p][/quote]muppet.... Boxhorn

5:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

demerit says...

andyhooked wrote:
Football is a hard game. No place for sentiments. GFZ tried his best but this time around not good enough and not helped by below standard Udinese fall over merchants and poor value loanees. Vydra;s place was never filled. Where the blame for this lies is perhaps not just down to Zola
Yep, I do agree with you despite the fact that I have wanted him to go. The nicest man in football though and that achievment will probably live on for a few years.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Football is a hard game. No place for sentiments. GFZ tried his best but this time around not good enough and not helped by below standard Udinese fall over merchants and poor value loanees. Vydra;s place was never filled. Where the blame for this lies is perhaps not just down to Zola[/p][/quote]Yep, I do agree with you despite the fact that I have wanted him to go. The nicest man in football though and that achievment will probably live on for a few years. demerit

5:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mooneyman says...

Who would have thought when we kicked off in the Play Off Final in May, that both managers would have left their respective clubs before Christmas!?
So will we now see an established Championship manager take the reigns, or will the Pozzo's go for an Italian? Trappatoni, Vialli, Di Matteo? Or at the other end of the scale, Dave Jones, Holloway or Tony Mowbray? Or would they promote Cassetti to player manager? Actually I'm worried now, hope I'm not giving the Pozzo's any ideas....
Who would have thought when we kicked off in the Play Off Final in May, that both managers would have left their respective clubs before Christmas!? So will we now see an established Championship manager take the reigns, or will the Pozzo's go for an Italian? Trappatoni, Vialli, Di Matteo? Or at the other end of the scale, Dave Jones, Holloway or Tony Mowbray? Or would they promote Cassetti to player manager? Actually I'm worried now, hope I'm not giving the Pozzo's any ideas.... Mooneyman

5:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

-Nightingale- says...

I blame the players, particularly Deeney. His attitude stinks and I'd like to see him leave
I blame the players, particularly Deeney. His attitude stinks and I'd like to see him leave -Nightingale-

5:39pm Mon 16 Dec 13

stevyweavy says...

Unfortunately Zola's downfall was on insisting on taking an unknown, under qualified friend as Assistant Manager - it was stupid to think that he could carry this guy and pay him a salary from our club. Interesting to see who on earth will be caretaker for the weekend and who the Pozzos have in mind for a replacement - Di Matteo is the most obvious but unlikely candidate.
Unfortunately Zola's downfall was on insisting on taking an unknown, under qualified friend as Assistant Manager - it was stupid to think that he could carry this guy and pay him a salary from our club. Interesting to see who on earth will be caretaker for the weekend and who the Pozzos have in mind for a replacement - Di Matteo is the most obvious but unlikely candidate. stevyweavy

5:39pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ramage1996 says...

Dr.Hackenbush wrote:
A perfect gentleman, from beginning to the end. It's tough in the Championship and perhaps this year too tough for Gianfranco. Not all of his decisions worked, not all the new signings have delivered and not all of our fans have shown him enough respect. But he can leave with his head held high and has left us with some wonderful memories.
Good luck to whoever comes in, and please never again return to the hoofball days.
Thanks Zola
You are bang on mate, Zola is a true gent and i hope he has success in the future.
[quote][p][bold]Dr.Hackenbush[/bold] wrote: A perfect gentleman, from beginning to the end. It's tough in the Championship and perhaps this year too tough for Gianfranco. Not all of his decisions worked, not all the new signings have delivered and not all of our fans have shown him enough respect. But he can leave with his head held high and has left us with some wonderful memories. Good luck to whoever comes in, and please never again return to the hoofball days. Thanks Zola[/p][/quote]You are bang on mate, Zola is a true gent and i hope he has success in the future. ramage1996

5:42pm Mon 16 Dec 13

davecowling says...

Love it.......
Love it....... davecowling

5:44pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Andrew1963 says...

They will surely go for someone they know or someone they think has the pedigree to get a team out of the championship. The latter are not plentiful unless they are prepared to spend to poach someone, so i go for the former, someone within the Pozzo empire. The appointment will tell you if they have written off this season or not. I suppose it is possible to get promoted via the play offs, but someone needs to sort this lot out before the FA Cup 3 Round to stand any chance. Tough games to come before then.
They will surely go for someone they know or someone they think has the pedigree to get a team out of the championship. The latter are not plentiful unless they are prepared to spend to poach someone, so i go for the former, someone within the Pozzo empire. The appointment will tell you if they have written off this season or not. I suppose it is possible to get promoted via the play offs, but someone needs to sort this lot out before the FA Cup 3 Round to stand any chance. Tough games to come before then. Andrew1963

5:44pm Mon 16 Dec 13

RobboBTC says...

Totally gutted, he was a class act from the moment he walked through the door. He over achieved last season in my mind and everyone's expectations increased dramatically, including mine..maybe that was part of his downfall? I wish him all the best.
Totally gutted, he was a class act from the moment he walked through the door. He over achieved last season in my mind and everyone's expectations increased dramatically, including mine..maybe that was part of his downfall? I wish him all the best. RobboBTC

5:46pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Man from Pinner says...

Great shame; a real gentleman. I sense not all well behind the scenes. In the championship the manager has to manage including picking the players he wants.
Sounds like a re think is necessary. My preference is for a UK style manager with experience that the players will respect; if they fail to respect they go.
Great shame; a real gentleman. I sense not all well behind the scenes. In the championship the manager has to manage including picking the players he wants. Sounds like a re think is necessary. My preference is for a UK style manager with experience that the players will respect; if they fail to respect they go. Man from Pinner

5:51pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Watfordwes says...

Thank you Zola for an amazing season last year.

The right appointment, the right formation, the right incoming transfers and the right support from the fans and this season can still ultimately be more successful than last

Onwards and upwards! COYH!
Thank you Zola for an amazing season last year. The right appointment, the right formation, the right incoming transfers and the right support from the fans and this season can still ultimately be more successful than last Onwards and upwards! COYH! Watfordwes

5:54pm Mon 16 Dec 13

mickallen57 says...

Gutted to see him go, but like so many posts agree it is the right thing for him to do. Wonder if anything comes to light on why it went so sour so quickly . Players revolt or maybe just not enough experience in this division, who knows the up shot is a thoroughly decent man has lost his job. COYH
Gutted to see him go, but like so many posts agree it is the right thing for him to do. Wonder if anything comes to light on why it went so sour so quickly . Players revolt or maybe just not enough experience in this division, who knows the up shot is a thoroughly decent man has lost his job. COYH mickallen57

6:08pm Mon 16 Dec 13

snibbo says...

sad but inevitable one fears.

No leadership on the field and with Deeney as captain we need to
look out for icebergs!

Needs stirring up and some depth in motivation.

snibbo
sad but inevitable one fears. No leadership on the field and with Deeney as captain we need to look out for icebergs! Needs stirring up and some depth in motivation. snibbo snibbo

6:10pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Johnny Ryden says...

Thank you GFZ for bringing us some wonderful memories and great football. I am so disappointed you have decided to go. You say that "It is for a variety of reasons, and not just over one matter or one moment..." I would be really interested to know what exactly were the reasons and other matters that you refer to?
Thank you GFZ for bringing us some wonderful memories and great football. I am so disappointed you have decided to go. You say that "It is for a variety of reasons, and not just over one matter or one moment..." I would be really interested to know what exactly were the reasons and other matters that you refer to? Johnny Ryden

6:11pm Mon 16 Dec 13

francowatford says...

Very sad news and I think the results would have been better if we had a consistent team. Considering the pool of players we have at our disposal we should be smashing this league. I think the pizzos we be looking very carefully at there transfer policy and I think they now realise the championship is more difficult than they first thought
Very sad news and I think the results would have been better if we had a consistent team. Considering the pool of players we have at our disposal we should be smashing this league. I think the pizzos we be looking very carefully at there transfer policy and I think they now realise the championship is more difficult than they first thought francowatford

6:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

WE8BR says...

Gutted to see him go and as he mentioned he gave me, not only my greatest moment supporting this club, but my greatest moment in football ever. Will never forget the leicester match and the euphoria on the pitch afterwards. Just a shame it was all in vain in the end. Something somewhere is fundementally wrong at the mo and I guess in the end he ran out of ideas and something had to give. Great effort though and great man who I will always admire. Onwards and upwards, like he said football moves fast so let's get the right man in who can get us up. U horns.
Gutted to see him go and as he mentioned he gave me, not only my greatest moment supporting this club, but my greatest moment in football ever. Will never forget the leicester match and the euphoria on the pitch afterwards. Just a shame it was all in vain in the end. Something somewhere is fundementally wrong at the mo and I guess in the end he ran out of ideas and something had to give. Great effort though and great man who I will always admire. Onwards and upwards, like he said football moves fast so let's get the right man in who can get us up. U horns. WE8BR

6:15pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Coydonn says...

thank you GFZ for your time and experience at our little club...good luck and wish you well in your future appointments...where

ver that maybe...and with also a bit more appreciation from the fans...
You brought good football back to the Vic...which we hadn't seen in years...some good memories..some bad....your a true gentleman and cheers for choosing us to manage....
Gianfranco...woaaaaa

hh...
thank you GFZ for your time and experience at our little club...good luck and wish you well in your future appointments...where ver that maybe...and with also a bit more appreciation from the fans... You brought good football back to the Vic...which we hadn't seen in years...some good memories..some bad....your a true gentleman and cheers for choosing us to manage.... Gianfranco...woaaaaa hh... Coydonn

6:32pm Mon 16 Dec 13

There was only one Scully says...

Not sure about this. I remember at the start of the season the board stated that despite certain players going, Vydra, Chalobah and Hogg there were better players to fill these positions coming our way. Well, I am not at all impressed with what has turned up so far.
Better? not in my opinion.
Also remember, GFZ lost his back room staff also at the start of the season, why did this happen? It certainly does not make sense to me now in hindsight, especially halfway through this season.
GFZ has never had an alternative voice to turn to, or so it seems.
I am disappointed he chose to walk, yes results recently have not been as good as last season but I believe that is not just down to him.
When you lose and don't replace those aforementioned along with A A long injury, I believe it is not just down to the coach.
Where was Nani?
Unfortunately, GFZ has been given no choice and those above like Nani, etc should also take a long look at themselves and there lack of support.
Where were the players, promised at the start of season?
Thanks, GFZ it was enjoyable to watch and to be there with you.
Not sure about this. I remember at the start of the season the board stated that despite certain players going, Vydra, Chalobah and Hogg there were better players to fill these positions coming our way. Well, I am not at all impressed with what has turned up so far. Better? not in my opinion. Also remember, GFZ lost his back room staff also at the start of the season, why did this happen? It certainly does not make sense to me now in hindsight, especially halfway through this season. GFZ has never had an alternative voice to turn to, or so it seems. I am disappointed he chose to walk, yes results recently have not been as good as last season but I believe that is not just down to him. When you lose and don't replace those aforementioned along with A A long injury, I believe it is not just down to the coach. Where was Nani? Unfortunately, GFZ has been given no choice and those above like Nani, etc should also take a long look at themselves and there lack of support. Where were the players, promised at the start of season? Thanks, GFZ it was enjoyable to watch and to be there with you. There was only one Scully

7:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Bobbyhowfield says...

The Players have let Zola down . End Of.
To many players making basic mistakes at the wrong time.
Nyron had a good game at Burnley but had a hand in the last 7 goals we shipped.
Angella was the best central defender to put on a Watford shirt for years. Why was he only on the bench on Saturday.
Deeney has been pants since the Blackpool game.
The Players have let Zola down . End Of. To many players making basic mistakes at the wrong time. Nyron had a good game at Burnley but had a hand in the last 7 goals we shipped. Angella was the best central defender to put on a Watford shirt for years. Why was he only on the bench on Saturday. Deeney has been pants since the Blackpool game. Bobbyhowfield

7:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Abbots hornet says...

Thank you Zola for last season a brilliant time to be a hornet.Have been going to the vic since 1969 and even counting the Taylor climb through the leagues I had never witnessed football as superb as some of the games last year culminating in the unforgettable Leicester match! He is not solely to blame for our recent troubles and wish him all the best for the future a true gentleman.Interestin
g to see what the Pozzos do next but they have not provided him with adequate replacements for Vydra Hogg and Chalobah.Abdi injured is another massive hole.We are a soft touch with no enforcer pulling the strings on the pitch Deeney as captain also seems daft to me We still have good players but we need someone perhaps who is not so pleasant as Zola who is willing to kick some backsides.
Thank you Zola for last season a brilliant time to be a hornet.Have been going to the vic since 1969 and even counting the Taylor climb through the leagues I had never witnessed football as superb as some of the games last year culminating in the unforgettable Leicester match! He is not solely to blame for our recent troubles and wish him all the best for the future a true gentleman.Interestin g to see what the Pozzos do next but they have not provided him with adequate replacements for Vydra Hogg and Chalobah.Abdi injured is another massive hole.We are a soft touch with no enforcer pulling the strings on the pitch Deeney as captain also seems daft to me We still have good players but we need someone perhaps who is not so pleasant as Zola who is willing to kick some backsides. Abbots hornet

7:23pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Dunderdale Pinner says...

A sad day. Thank you GFZ for all you have done for WFC. You have acted as a gentleman all the time you have been with us, and you sign off with distiction. I believe a number two who was au fait with the championship would have helped you immensely. I wish you good luck and good health for you future. Thank you again
A sad day. Thank you GFZ for all you have done for WFC. You have acted as a gentleman all the time you have been with us, and you sign off with distiction. I believe a number two who was au fait with the championship would have helped you immensely. I wish you good luck and good health for you future. Thank you again Dunderdale Pinner

7:25pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mr Watford of Watford says...

Very sad to see Zola go, a man who worked very hard for the club, brought in new ideas, stuck to his principles and left us with many happy memories.

But it was the right decision. Many factors influenced the weakening of the team, injuries to last season's player of the season, injury to the Scotland international who was so influential at the start of this season, a long time injury to our best player of recent weeks (nyron). Being left with only one credible striker and having to try to overcome the problem of teams having worked out how to contain us. But however he lost his way the fact remains he lost the plot - the body language of players and manger said it all on Saturday.

Thank you Mr Zola and good luck!!
Very sad to see Zola go, a man who worked very hard for the club, brought in new ideas, stuck to his principles and left us with many happy memories. But it was the right decision. Many factors influenced the weakening of the team, injuries to last season's player of the season, injury to the Scotland international who was so influential at the start of this season, a long time injury to our best player of recent weeks (nyron). Being left with only one credible striker and having to try to overcome the problem of teams having worked out how to contain us. But however he lost his way the fact remains he lost the plot - the body language of players and manger said it all on Saturday. Thank you Mr Zola and good luck!! Mr Watford of Watford

7:28pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Feff says...

Brainwave! Deeney for Manager! NOT!
Brainwave! Deeney for Manager! NOT! Feff

7:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Pottenendhorn says...

I am a massive fan of Zola but his comments on Saturday left him with no option but to resign. Football is a results game and 5 defeats at home is too much to take. Additionally if Zola does not know what to do in order to sort it out it is time to move on. However Zola has been a class act is everything he has done at Watford and provided some great memories last season. It will be very interesting to see who comes in next as they clearly have a massive task.
I am a massive fan of Zola but his comments on Saturday left him with no option but to resign. Football is a results game and 5 defeats at home is too much to take. Additionally if Zola does not know what to do in order to sort it out it is time to move on. However Zola has been a class act is everything he has done at Watford and provided some great memories last season. It will be very interesting to see who comes in next as they clearly have a massive task. Pottenendhorn

7:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

akureyri says...

When GFZ is the new WBA manager will you call him a gentleman.
When GFZ is the new WBA manager will you call him a gentleman. akureyri

7:33pm Mon 16 Dec 13

harrowboy says...

femalehornet122 wrote:
I am so sad to read this letter from Zola. I don't think there was too much that was needed to sort things out. What he deeded was a second in command who knew all the problem of the championship and how teams can shut up shop. That has been the main thing. Now of course we have let the bully boys have their way in seeing a great good man go by the way side. I wish we could have suppoted him properly to allow hm time to deal with the bad times. He has and always will have my best wishes and I am so sorry that he won't be with us to turn us around.

The buy boys will only be satisfed when they see us relegated , giving in to all their despicable spite.

Good luck Zola my thoughts are with you and your family .
Emotional but more than an element of truth.

We have lost the best man that has ever been a Watford Manager & I have not forgotten GT! Perhaps he was too nice and that was his downfall.
[quote][p][bold]femalehornet122[/bold] wrote: I am so sad to read this letter from Zola. I don't think there was too much that was needed to sort things out. What he deeded was a second in command who knew all the problem of the championship and how teams can shut up shop. That has been the main thing. Now of course we have let the bully boys have their way in seeing a great good man go by the way side. I wish we could have suppoted him properly to allow hm time to deal with the bad times. He has and always will have my best wishes and I am so sorry that he won't be with us to turn us around. The buy boys will only be satisfed when they see us relegated , giving in to all their despicable spite. Good luck Zola my thoughts are with you and your family .[/p][/quote]Emotional but more than an element of truth. We have lost the best man that has ever been a Watford Manager & I have not forgotten GT! Perhaps he was too nice and that was his downfall. harrowboy

7:39pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Emmer Green Hornet says...

Anyone else think THE WATFORD WARBLER is Bassini?? There are too many similarities to ignore...
Anyone else think THE WATFORD WARBLER is Bassini?? There are too many similarities to ignore... Emmer Green Hornet

7:56pm Mon 16 Dec 13

jaemae2 says...

Class act, that letter is heartbreaking. It's obvious he truly cared for the club and seems truly saddened about the recent results. I completely fear for this season now, hopefully whoever comes in can gel with the players which I'm not sure about at all. Onto the rest of the season though...
Class act, that letter is heartbreaking. It's obvious he truly cared for the club and seems truly saddened about the recent results. I completely fear for this season now, hopefully whoever comes in can gel with the players which I'm not sure about at all. Onto the rest of the season though... jaemae2

7:57pm Mon 16 Dec 13

jaemae2 says...

akureyri wrote:
When GFZ is the new WBA manager will you call him a gentleman.
yes.
[quote][p][bold]akureyri[/bold] wrote: When GFZ is the new WBA manager will you call him a gentleman.[/p][/quote]yes. jaemae2

7:58pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bigdave8 says...

Gutted . Best football ever seen at vicarage road last season. I'm sure he could have turned it around Starting Saturday . Wish he gave it two more games could have looked totally different with back to back wins . Lack of experienced number two and the players not putting in 100% . Infact the energy levels and body language from some of the players the last couple of home games has been shocking
Gutted . Best football ever seen at vicarage road last season. I'm sure he could have turned it around Starting Saturday . Wish he gave it two more games could have looked totally different with back to back wins . Lack of experienced number two and the players not putting in 100% . Infact the energy levels and body language from some of the players the last couple of home games has been shocking bigdave8

7:58pm Mon 16 Dec 13

jaemae2 says...

jaemae2 wrote:
akureyri wrote:
When GFZ is the new WBA manager will you call him a gentleman.
yes.
who wouldn't take a job that's a step up and pays more? Especially with some of the comments and attitude of a portion of a certain fanbase...
[quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]akureyri[/bold] wrote: When GFZ is the new WBA manager will you call him a gentleman.[/p][/quote]yes.[/p][/quote]who wouldn't take a job that's a step up and pays more? Especially with some of the comments and attitude of a portion of a certain fanbase... jaemae2

8:00pm Mon 16 Dec 13

84AGAIN says...

So a coach who has got Udinese to the magnificent position of 15th in Serie A is favourite! Out of the frying pan...... Do not want Holloway, not sure about Clarke. Seems like we are a dumping ground for out of work Italian managers! Am I missing something here or are vacant manager positions only filled by failed managers at the moment? Zola to Spurs? Are you having a laugh or what! If the Pozzo's are looking for a manager from their empire how about a guy who is gradually getting his team further up the table, Lucas Alcaraz at Granada! Either that or give Dyche some Italian lessons and get him back!
So a coach who has got Udinese to the magnificent position of 15th in Serie A is favourite! Out of the frying pan...... Do not want Holloway, not sure about Clarke. Seems like we are a dumping ground for out of work Italian managers! Am I missing something here or are vacant manager positions only filled by failed managers at the moment? Zola to Spurs? Are you having a laugh or what! If the Pozzo's are looking for a manager from their empire how about a guy who is gradually getting his team further up the table, Lucas Alcaraz at Granada! Either that or give Dyche some Italian lessons and get him back! 84AGAIN

8:04pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Summer breeze says...

Wish you well GFZ.
Sorry we lost Sean Dyche.
Come home Kenny Jackett
Wish you well GFZ. Sorry we lost Sean Dyche. Come home Kenny Jackett Summer breeze

8:09pm Mon 16 Dec 13

wheelsonfire says...

Very Sad, we have lost the secondf best manager we have ever had!!
Deja vu for summer 1987 when we lost Sir Grahame and replaced him with the idiot Bassett. We are really now in serious trouble.
Rumours around that the Pozzos are reviewing their purchase and maybe regretting it. Hope they don't decide to sell back to Bassini, that would serve all those who clamoured for this day all season and even some of the last.
Perhaps we should go back to good old little Watford trying hard but little skill!
Very Sad, we have lost the secondf best manager we have ever had!! Deja vu for summer 1987 when we lost Sir Grahame and replaced him with the idiot Bassett. We are really now in serious trouble. Rumours around that the Pozzos are reviewing their purchase and maybe regretting it. Hope they don't decide to sell back to Bassini, that would serve all those who clamoured for this day all season and even some of the last. Perhaps we should go back to good old little Watford trying hard but little skill! wheelsonfire

8:12pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Stoney77 says...

bigdave8 wrote:
Gutted . Best football ever seen at vicarage road last season. I'm sure he could have turned it around Starting Saturday . Wish he gave it two more games could have looked totally different with back to back wins . Lack of experienced number two and the players not putting in 100% . Infact the energy levels and body language from some of the players the last couple of home games has been shocking
I think every manager would have struggled to improve on last season when you lose your 3 star players and are not given adequate replacements. Not to mention injuries to key players like Anya and Doyley. Zola worked absolute wonders last season to get a squad of over 40 players who hardly knew each other from Adam, into a team which played scintillating football and get so near to promotion. Look at the improvements to Deeney and Doyley under Zola. I think he could've turned it around this year.
Gutted to see him go and I agree, the players need to take some responsibility. We need heart, steel and determination along with defenders who are willing to throw their body's on the line.
[quote][p][bold]bigdave8[/bold] wrote: Gutted . Best football ever seen at vicarage road last season. I'm sure he could have turned it around Starting Saturday . Wish he gave it two more games could have looked totally different with back to back wins . Lack of experienced number two and the players not putting in 100% . Infact the energy levels and body language from some of the players the last couple of home games has been shocking[/p][/quote]I think every manager would have struggled to improve on last season when you lose your 3 star players and are not given adequate replacements. Not to mention injuries to key players like Anya and Doyley. Zola worked absolute wonders last season to get a squad of over 40 players who hardly knew each other from Adam, into a team which played scintillating football and get so near to promotion. Look at the improvements to Deeney and Doyley under Zola. I think he could've turned it around this year. Gutted to see him go and I agree, the players need to take some responsibility. We need heart, steel and determination along with defenders who are willing to throw their body's on the line. Stoney77

8:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Summer breeze says...

......we also need supporters at home, ones that do not 'Boo' when the going gets tough, ones that will sing and support, ones that are not frightened to 'sing on my own', ones that will encourage but not complain or tut or swear at the players at the top of their voices. I am surrounded by them in The Rookery.
......we also need supporters at home, ones that do not 'Boo' when the going gets tough, ones that will sing and support, ones that are not frightened to 'sing on my own', ones that will encourage but not complain or tut or swear at the players at the top of their voices. I am surrounded by them in The Rookery. Summer breeze

8:20pm Mon 16 Dec 13

abbotshornet says...

So long it's been good to know you, a real roller-coaster ride. Sad to think what might have been with a bit of luck.
Like a true gent he fell on his sword, such a humble likeable man.
I think he only needed a bit more support behind the scenes, the only glaring error he made was not to enlist a couple of decent strikers this season.
Clarke for me as replacement, COYGB's
So long it's been good to know you, a real roller-coaster ride. Sad to think what might have been with a bit of luck. Like a true gent he fell on his sword, such a humble likeable man. I think he only needed a bit more support behind the scenes, the only glaring error he made was not to enlist a couple of decent strikers this season. Clarke for me as replacement, COYGB's abbotshornet

8:23pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

KeithMercer wrote:
Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .
Steve Clarke would be my choice I think.

It's worth noting the Pozzo's had 4 managers in 4 seasons until they felt like they got the right chap with the right staff and players.

Whoever we get, I predict a fair bit of players movement next month.

I don't think that Deeney's value will have done a great deal except decrease over the past few months.

HC
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .[/p][/quote]Steve Clarke would be my choice I think. It's worth noting the Pozzo's had 4 managers in 4 seasons until they felt like they got the right chap with the right staff and players. Whoever we get, I predict a fair bit of players movement next month. I don't think that Deeney's value will have done a great deal except decrease over the past few months. HC Hornet Cornet

8:27pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Monstermunch17 says...

Lovely guy, great player, not a manager. That much was clear after his time at West Ham, but he was a vanity appointment for the starstruck Pozzos, unimpressed by the effective but low-profile, and English, Dyche.

The sheep on here and elsewhere lapped it up, quickly forgetting the exact same arc when Vialli took charge a few years before, to similar (non) effect. Anyone who questioned the strange new way of building a first team from the reserves of another club, or whether it was prudent for a club of Watford's stature, (and history), to give up our academy status , was a lone voice in the wilderness, drowned out by the excitable masses, who were then surprised when the wider area could not get behind the team and back the club in the numbers required to make us a force.

Look where it has got us. It is not only the Pozzos who should be looking at themselves in the mirror today.

Well, look where it has got us.
Lovely guy, great player, not a manager. That much was clear after his time at West Ham, but he was a vanity appointment for the starstruck Pozzos, unimpressed by the effective but low-profile, and English, Dyche. The sheep on here and elsewhere lapped it up, quickly forgetting the exact same arc when Vialli took charge a few years before, to similar (non) effect. Anyone who questioned the strange new way of building a first team from the reserves of another club, or whether it was prudent for a club of Watford's stature, (and history), to give up our academy status , was a lone voice in the wilderness, drowned out by the excitable masses, who were then surprised when the wider area could not get behind the team and back the club in the numbers required to make us a force. Look where it has got us. It is not only the Pozzos who should be looking at themselves in the mirror today. Well, look where it has got us. Monstermunch17

8:30pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ChunkeyMonkey says...

For someone with the integrity of GFZ to resign, in my view, indicates a situation where he must have felt a lack of support either directly or indirectly.
This is the saddest departure of a manager from WFC that I can recall - and that includes his predecessor. Why? because we were within a whisker of promotion just over 6 months ago - but more so because we were in a position that the team of management / coaches / players / the owner and fans were all in together and all pulling together - players out in the town with the fans etc - it really was an extraordinary time in comparison to the way most football clubs and in particular how Billy Big Boots football players operate today. We had all got there with each other. For a brief moment the spirit of the EJ/GT era was rekindled in a new, contemporary format for todays fans to sample. It really was that good. In fact from a footballing perspective it was arguably better.
Now 6 months later, the situation demonstrates what a cruel game it can be and also how fickle and impatient we have become. Incapable of managing our own expectations.
We will of course have no say in the next incumbent, we are interested bystanders in that process, no more, no less. Be careful what you wish for.
To GFZ, the most humble and honourable of managers in a game now dominated by ludicrous amounts of money, and the requirements for immediate success, I can only thank him for his contribution and be proud and count myself fortunate to have witnessed last season.
The best football ever seen at the Vic.
Winning with dignity.
For someone with the integrity of GFZ to resign, in my view, indicates a situation where he must have felt a lack of support either directly or indirectly. This is the saddest departure of a manager from WFC that I can recall - and that includes his predecessor. Why? because we were within a whisker of promotion just over 6 months ago - but more so because we were in a position that the team of management / coaches / players / the owner and fans were all in together and all pulling together - players out in the town with the fans etc - it really was an extraordinary time in comparison to the way most football clubs and in particular how Billy Big Boots football players operate today. We had all got there with each other. For a brief moment the spirit of the EJ/GT era was rekindled in a new, contemporary format for todays fans to sample. It really was that good. In fact from a footballing perspective it was arguably better. Now 6 months later, the situation demonstrates what a cruel game it can be and also how fickle and impatient we have become. Incapable of managing our own expectations. We will of course have no say in the next incumbent, we are interested bystanders in that process, no more, no less. Be careful what you wish for. To GFZ, the most humble and honourable of managers in a game now dominated by ludicrous amounts of money, and the requirements for immediate success, I can only thank him for his contribution and be proud and count myself fortunate to have witnessed last season. The best football ever seen at the Vic. Winning with dignity. ChunkeyMonkey

8:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

mkgoldenboys says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
The Players have let Zola down . End Of.
To many players making basic mistakes at the wrong time.
Nyron had a good game at Burnley but had a hand in the last 7 goals we shipped.
Angella was the best central defender to put on a Watford shirt for years. Why was he only on the bench on Saturday.
Deeney has been pants since the Blackpool game.
Deeney cost us at Blackpool,wanting to be the "Billy Big Nuts" penalty taker instead of Abdi,he's had a stinker and stinking attitude all season.Bin him in January.
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: The Players have let Zola down . End Of. To many players making basic mistakes at the wrong time. Nyron had a good game at Burnley but had a hand in the last 7 goals we shipped. Angella was the best central defender to put on a Watford shirt for years. Why was he only on the bench on Saturday. Deeney has been pants since the Blackpool game.[/p][/quote]Deeney cost us at Blackpool,wanting to be the "Billy Big Nuts" penalty taker instead of Abdi,he's had a stinker and stinking attitude all season.Bin him in January. mkgoldenboys

9:12pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Dutch Hornet says...

I was one of the persons who said that the club needed to do something as this is results based business and clearly that was something we were missing.

I went on to say on my Sunday morning post that an experienced nr 2 was probably required. Pity that never happened and gfz decided that the next action was his to be taken.

From a Fan of more than 35 years - ciao Mr Zola.
I was one of the persons who said that the club needed to do something as this is results based business and clearly that was something we were missing. I went on to say on my Sunday morning post that an experienced nr 2 was probably required. Pity that never happened and gfz decided that the next action was his to be taken. From a Fan of more than 35 years - ciao Mr Zola. Dutch Hornet

9:46pm Mon 16 Dec 13

watfordal says...

Ok, top bloke, integrity shown in his departure, great memories from last season etc etc....but just think how many points we dropped last season from not closing games down, and GFZ''s comments about "not seeing where the oppo were going to get a goal from".....until of course they did. Out thought by Holloway at Wembley, no Plan B, and then the admission that he didn't know how to resolve the current slump in form. Exactly what WHU fans told me when he was appointed. Of course so many fans wanted him out on Saturday evening, but now we hear little from them.
It's horrid but that is the nature of the game these days- money, results, owners, player power and so on. We've no idea what the players think, but a team of loanees, temporary custodians of what we support, was always likely to come unstuck with little resolve to fall back on. Suddenly it all feels like there's a ghastly vacuum.
I thank GFZ & the Pozzos for last season, but we should have got to the dubious promised land given how brilliant our football was....that we didn't was down to management naivety in my humble opinion.
Bizarre that our last few managers have gone onto better things, but the most successful was Aidy, who none of us would want back.
Who we get in I've no idea, but di Matteo we surely can't afford, Clarke yes, he plays the game the right way which would suit, but any notion of Warnock or Holloway and the season ticket goes back.
What was happening on the pitch justified GFZ's decision, what happens now I've no idea, but the players need to look in the mirror, and the owners need to work out that sexy football will not get promotion out of this league. We have the talent in our squad, we just need grit, belief, confidence, and someone I can't think of to manage this gathering of diverse players.
I rather fear for the club....but thanks for the memories and frustration at what should have been Mr Zola, genius footballer but not a manager. Enjoy life away from the pressure, you don't need it........and welcome Mr ???
Ok, top bloke, integrity shown in his departure, great memories from last season etc etc....but just think how many points we dropped last season from not closing games down, and GFZ''s comments about "not seeing where the oppo were going to get a goal from".....until of course they did. Out thought by Holloway at Wembley, no Plan B, and then the admission that he didn't know how to resolve the current slump in form. Exactly what WHU fans told me when he was appointed. Of course so many fans wanted him out on Saturday evening, but now we hear little from them. It's horrid but that is the nature of the game these days- money, results, owners, player power and so on. We've no idea what the players think, but a team of loanees, temporary custodians of what we support, was always likely to come unstuck with little resolve to fall back on. Suddenly it all feels like there's a ghastly vacuum. I thank GFZ & the Pozzos for last season, but we should have got to the dubious promised land given how brilliant our football was....that we didn't was down to management naivety in my humble opinion. Bizarre that our last few managers have gone onto better things, but the most successful was Aidy, who none of us would want back. Who we get in I've no idea, but di Matteo we surely can't afford, Clarke yes, he plays the game the right way which would suit, but any notion of Warnock or Holloway and the season ticket goes back. What was happening on the pitch justified GFZ's decision, what happens now I've no idea, but the players need to look in the mirror, and the owners need to work out that sexy football will not get promotion out of this league. We have the talent in our squad, we just need grit, belief, confidence, and someone I can't think of to manage this gathering of diverse players. I rather fear for the club....but thanks for the memories and frustration at what should have been Mr Zola, genius footballer but not a manager. Enjoy life away from the pressure, you don't need it........and welcome Mr ??? watfordal

10:02pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Hairy Hornet says...

Man of great integrity and could've been a contender but tactically suspect. Lost faith in him last season when he made 5 or 6 changes against Charlton and Bristol on the pretext of trying to keep everyone fresh.
He's never known what his best X1 is and I would love to know the reason for giving Cassetti so many starts. His lack of pace was obvious from the first game he played and was exploited on too may occasions which cost us games.
Man of great integrity and could've been a contender but tactically suspect. Lost faith in him last season when he made 5 or 6 changes against Charlton and Bristol on the pretext of trying to keep everyone fresh. He's never known what his best X1 is and I would love to know the reason for giving Cassetti so many starts. His lack of pace was obvious from the first game he played and was exploited on too may occasions which cost us games. Hairy Hornet

10:05pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ramageland says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
KeithMercer wrote:
Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .
Steve Clarke would be my choice I think.

It's worth noting the Pozzo's had 4 managers in 4 seasons until they felt like they got the right chap with the right staff and players.

Whoever we get, I predict a fair bit of players movement next month.

I don't think that Deeney's value will have done a great deal except decrease over the past few months.

HC
All four points spot on, so not sure why the thumbs down!
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .[/p][/quote]Steve Clarke would be my choice I think. It's worth noting the Pozzo's had 4 managers in 4 seasons until they felt like they got the right chap with the right staff and players. Whoever we get, I predict a fair bit of players movement next month. I don't think that Deeney's value will have done a great deal except decrease over the past few months. HC[/p][/quote]All four points spot on, so not sure why the thumbs down! Ramageland

10:11pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Colin West's mullet says...

I very rarely post here these days because the level of juvenile debate is too frustrating & depressing to join in with most of the time, but felt compelled to log-in for once.

This resignation is the correct course of action. It's the best thing for the club and i have wanted it to happen for a while now. At the same time, however, I feel genuinely and profoundly sad that it had to. GFZ is a truly honourable gentleman and as many people here have said, gave us what has been without a doubt the best football we have ever played. It's a game of fine margins sometimes, and unfortunately it was in these margins that he got it wrong.

His approach, his philosophy and his commitment were spot-on but his decision-making was slow when it needed to be fast, and his changes were small when they needed to be big. I really, really hope that he knows that he leaves WFC with the lifelong gratitude & best wishes of 99% of fans who are genuinely sad to see him leave, even though we agree that he should.

Cheers Fonzie.
I very rarely post here these days because the level of juvenile debate is too frustrating & depressing to join in with most of the time, but felt compelled to log-in for once. This resignation is the correct course of action. It's the best thing for the club and i have wanted it to happen for a while now. At the same time, however, I feel genuinely and profoundly sad that it had to. GFZ is a truly honourable gentleman and as many people here have said, gave us what has been without a doubt the best football we have ever played. It's a game of fine margins sometimes, and unfortunately it was in these margins that he got it wrong. His approach, his philosophy and his commitment were spot-on but his decision-making was slow when it needed to be fast, and his changes were small when they needed to be big. I really, really hope that he knows that he leaves WFC with the lifelong gratitude & best wishes of 99% of fans who are genuinely sad to see him leave, even though we agree that he should. Cheers Fonzie. Colin West's mullet

10:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

francowatford says...

At the next home game we should chant zolas name to say thanks for his hard work
At the next home game we should chant zolas name to say thanks for his hard work francowatford

10:28pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Hornets number 12 fan says...

My God get a grip you lot! he's a millionaire and he's going to get another job soon enough! I hear Northampton are looking at an assistant for Boothroyd!
if you don't do your job properly you lose it SIMPLES! onward and upward!
My God get a grip you lot! he's a millionaire and he's going to get another job soon enough! I hear Northampton are looking at an assistant for Boothroyd! if you don't do your job properly you lose it SIMPLES! onward and upward! Hornets number 12 fan

11:01pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Watforce says...

Thank-you Signor Zola for bringing sexy football to Watford.
I was at Leeds loving the sexy football (before half-time at least) just 10 day's ago, and its hard to believe this could happen.
I have been fortunate to meet GFZ, and you could not wish to meet a nicer person.
Unfortunately he has not been a lucky person since March: Missing out on promotion by 1 point, Abdi injury, Vydra ambitions, freak mistakes by players, Chelski's bonkers contract for NC, Hogg's northern move desire, officials decisions the going the wrong way.
I've supported Watford since a dull 0-0 draw with QPR in 1981, and I have absolutely loved the style of football brought by Zola, with some fantastic memories that will never die.
Instant results are expected now, a tough ask with any players especially those with little experience of the Championship's physical nature and speed.
Feeling absolutely gutted, as does my 9 year old son.
All the best GFZ, grazie mille.
Thank-you Signor Zola for bringing sexy football to Watford. I was at Leeds loving the sexy football (before half-time at least) just 10 day's ago, and its hard to believe this could happen. I have been fortunate to meet GFZ, and you could not wish to meet a nicer person. Unfortunately he has not been a lucky person since March: Missing out on promotion by 1 point, Abdi injury, Vydra ambitions, freak mistakes by players, Chelski's bonkers contract for NC, Hogg's northern move desire, officials decisions the going the wrong way. I've supported Watford since a dull 0-0 draw with QPR in 1981, and I have absolutely loved the style of football brought by Zola, with some fantastic memories that will never die. Instant results are expected now, a tough ask with any players especially those with little experience of the Championship's physical nature and speed. Feeling absolutely gutted, as does my 9 year old son. All the best GFZ, grazie mille. Watforce

11:02pm Mon 16 Dec 13

robaldred@live.com.au says...

the boss going for me is very sad,there is no sentiment in football but zola was a good manager and should have stayed sorry too say people have short spans of attention,last season fantastic the season the wobbles,zola should have stayed whom will the hornets get,o yea avb
the boss going for me is very sad,there is no sentiment in football but zola was a good manager and should have stayed sorry too say people have short spans of attention,last season fantastic the season the wobbles,zola should have stayed whom will the hornets get,o yea avb robaldred@live.com.au

11:35pm Mon 16 Dec 13

MJ1 says...

He's paid the prce of failure. Had he stayed we would have been relegated. 4 points from 27 and no win in 10 weeks tells you all you need to know. Forget promotion; the rest of the season is about survival and consolidation. We have talent in the squad but it's unbalanced - a consequence of the Pozzo business model of shipping mostly second rate players out to us in the hope they will improve and can be sold on. Some 15 Udinese/Granada exports on the books from a squad of 28.
We need a better mix and some solid signings in January including a striker if we are to progress - regardless of who is the manager.
He's paid the prce of failure. Had he stayed we would have been relegated. 4 points from 27 and no win in 10 weeks tells you all you need to know. Forget promotion; the rest of the season is about survival and consolidation. We have talent in the squad but it's unbalanced - a consequence of the Pozzo business model of shipping mostly second rate players out to us in the hope they will improve and can be sold on. Some 15 Udinese/Granada exports on the books from a squad of 28. We need a better mix and some solid signings in January including a striker if we are to progress - regardless of who is the manager. MJ1

4:13am Tue 17 Dec 13

demerit says...

Mooneyman wrote:
Who would have thought when we kicked off in the Play Off Final in May, that both managers would have left their respective clubs before Christmas!?
So will we now see an established Championship manager take the reigns, or will the Pozzo's go for an Italian? Trappatoni, Vialli, Di Matteo? Or at the other end of the scale, Dave Jones, Holloway or Tony Mowbray? Or would they promote Cassetti to player manager? Actually I'm worried now, hope I'm not giving the Pozzo's any ideas....
I am sure they are hanging on your every word...
[quote][p][bold]Mooneyman[/bold] wrote: Who would have thought when we kicked off in the Play Off Final in May, that both managers would have left their respective clubs before Christmas!? So will we now see an established Championship manager take the reigns, or will the Pozzo's go for an Italian? Trappatoni, Vialli, Di Matteo? Or at the other end of the scale, Dave Jones, Holloway or Tony Mowbray? Or would they promote Cassetti to player manager? Actually I'm worried now, hope I'm not giving the Pozzo's any ideas....[/p][/quote]I am sure they are hanging on your every word... demerit

7:10am Tue 17 Dec 13

SAHornet says...

mkgoldenboys wrote:
Bobbyhowfield wrote:
The Players have let Zola down . End Of.
To many players making basic mistakes at the wrong time.
Nyron had a good game at Burnley but had a hand in the last 7 goals we shipped.
Angella was the best central defender to put on a Watford shirt for years. Why was he only on the bench on Saturday.
Deeney has been pants since the Blackpool game.
Deeney cost us at Blackpool,wanting to be the "Billy Big Nuts" penalty taker instead of Abdi,he's had a stinker and stinking attitude all season.Bin him in January.
Absolutely right. I supported Deeney's return to our club after his prison sentence but now I'm not too sure. If he was good enough to be "Billy big nuts" then that might justify his attitude but he's just not.
[quote][p][bold]mkgoldenboys[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: The Players have let Zola down . End Of. To many players making basic mistakes at the wrong time. Nyron had a good game at Burnley but had a hand in the last 7 goals we shipped. Angella was the best central defender to put on a Watford shirt for years. Why was he only on the bench on Saturday. Deeney has been pants since the Blackpool game.[/p][/quote]Deeney cost us at Blackpool,wanting to be the "Billy Big Nuts" penalty taker instead of Abdi,he's had a stinker and stinking attitude all season.Bin him in January.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. I supported Deeney's return to our club after his prison sentence but now I'm not too sure. If he was good enough to be "Billy big nuts" then that might justify his attitude but he's just not. SAHornet

7:23am Tue 17 Dec 13

SAHornet says...

KeithMercer wrote:
Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .
Spot on
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .[/p][/quote]Spot on SAHornet

9:18am Tue 17 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
KeithMercer wrote: Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .
Spot on
Getting Wells and at least 2 other strikers is needed if Deeney goes. As we've also lost Vydra too, and have no quality striking cover, we need a few strikers to come in.

HC
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Who ever comes in and I hope it is RDM , I hope they get rid of Deeney in the window and buy a decent striker with a decent ATTITUDE !! Naki Wells would be my choice .[/p][/quote]Spot on[/p][/quote]Getting Wells and at least 2 other strikers is needed if Deeney goes. As we've also lost Vydra too, and have no quality striking cover, we need a few strikers to come in. HC Hornet Cornet

9:23am Tue 17 Dec 13

chitster says...

Zola would still be our manager and we would be in the top six IF
If the two coaches had not left.
If Vydra was still here.
If Chalobah was still here.
If Abdi had not been injured.
Worried now....... Who's taking the reins for Ipswich?
New manager will almost certainly need to speak Italian in order to communicate.
Zola would still be our manager and we would be in the top six IF If the two coaches had not left. If Vydra was still here. If Chalobah was still here. If Abdi had not been injured. Worried now....... Who's taking the reins for Ipswich? New manager will almost certainly need to speak Italian in order to communicate. chitster

9:29am Tue 17 Dec 13

MJ1 says...

SAHornet wrote:
mkgoldenboys wrote:
Bobbyhowfield wrote:
The Players have let Zola down . End Of.
To many players making basic mistakes at the wrong time.
Nyron had a good game at Burnley but had a hand in the last 7 goals we shipped.
Angella was the best central defender to put on a Watford shirt for years. Why was he only on the bench on Saturday.
Deeney has been pants since the Blackpool game.
Deeney cost us at Blackpool,wanting to be the "Billy Big Nuts" penalty taker instead of Abdi,he's had a stinker and stinking attitude all season.Bin him in January.
Absolutely right. I supported Deeney's return to our club after his prison sentence but now I'm not too sure. If he was good enough to be "Billy big nuts" then that might justify his attitude but he's just not.
Well I never supported Deeney's return, not because I dont believe in giving offenders another chance but because the nature of his crime revealled that he has a real psychological problem - that has been on show since - though thankfully not with the same violent outcome.
RDM would be a good choice as he has experience and a successful track record in the UK and Italy. Some of our Italian players don't speak English so he would bridge that gap as well.
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mkgoldenboys[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: The Players have let Zola down . End Of. To many players making basic mistakes at the wrong time. Nyron had a good game at Burnley but had a hand in the last 7 goals we shipped. Angella was the best central defender to put on a Watford shirt for years. Why was he only on the bench on Saturday. Deeney has been pants since the Blackpool game.[/p][/quote]Deeney cost us at Blackpool,wanting to be the "Billy Big Nuts" penalty taker instead of Abdi,he's had a stinker and stinking attitude all season.Bin him in January.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. I supported Deeney's return to our club after his prison sentence but now I'm not too sure. If he was good enough to be "Billy big nuts" then that might justify his attitude but he's just not.[/p][/quote]Well I never supported Deeney's return, not because I dont believe in giving offenders another chance but because the nature of his crime revealled that he has a real psychological problem - that has been on show since - though thankfully not with the same violent outcome. RDM would be a good choice as he has experience and a successful track record in the UK and Italy. Some of our Italian players don't speak English so he would bridge that gap as well. MJ1

11:01am Tue 17 Dec 13

justahornetfan says...

Gianfranco Zola, one of the very best people to ever serve Watford FC, maybe not the best manager on results but a legend and a great ambassador for the club.
Time will tell, but at the moment some sadness and a heavy heart with the news of your leaving and may you go onto better things with the best wishes of just about all of Watford's supporters.
The man who never made a mistake, never made anything. Last season you made a great team play great football and that made for some of the best times ever for Watford supporters, despite the disappointments. Thank you, thank you, thank you, ciao
Gianfranco Zola, one of the very best people to ever serve Watford FC, maybe not the best manager on results but a legend and a great ambassador for the club. Time will tell, but at the moment some sadness and a heavy heart with the news of your leaving and may you go onto better things with the best wishes of just about all of Watford's supporters. The man who never made a mistake, never made anything. Last season you made a great team play great football and that made for some of the best times ever for Watford supporters, despite the disappointments. Thank you, thank you, thank you, ciao justahornetfan

11:17am Wed 18 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

ChunkeyMonkey wrote:
For someone with the integrity of GFZ to resign, in my view, indicates a situation where he must have felt a lack of support either directly or indirectly.
This is the saddest departure of a manager from WFC that I can recall - and that includes his predecessor. Why? because we were within a whisker of promotion just over 6 months ago - but more so because we were in a position that the team of management / coaches / players / the owner and fans were all in together and all pulling together - players out in the town with the fans etc - it really was an extraordinary time in comparison to the way most football clubs and in particular how Billy Big Boots football players operate today. We had all got there with each other. For a brief moment the spirit of the EJ/GT era was rekindled in a new, contemporary format for todays fans to sample. It really was that good. In fact from a footballing perspective it was arguably better.
Now 6 months later, the situation demonstrates what a cruel game it can be and also how fickle and impatient we have become. Incapable of managing our own expectations.
We will of course have no say in the next incumbent, we are interested bystanders in that process, no more, no less. Be careful what you wish for.
To GFZ, the most humble and honourable of managers in a game now dominated by ludicrous amounts of money, and the requirements for immediate success, I can only thank him for his contribution and be proud and count myself fortunate to have witnessed last season.
The best football ever seen at the Vic.
Winning with dignity.
Couldn't have put it better.
[quote][p][bold]ChunkeyMonkey[/bold] wrote: For someone with the integrity of GFZ to resign, in my view, indicates a situation where he must have felt a lack of support either directly or indirectly. This is the saddest departure of a manager from WFC that I can recall - and that includes his predecessor. Why? because we were within a whisker of promotion just over 6 months ago - but more so because we were in a position that the team of management / coaches / players / the owner and fans were all in together and all pulling together - players out in the town with the fans etc - it really was an extraordinary time in comparison to the way most football clubs and in particular how Billy Big Boots football players operate today. We had all got there with each other. For a brief moment the spirit of the EJ/GT era was rekindled in a new, contemporary format for todays fans to sample. It really was that good. In fact from a footballing perspective it was arguably better. Now 6 months later, the situation demonstrates what a cruel game it can be and also how fickle and impatient we have become. Incapable of managing our own expectations. We will of course have no say in the next incumbent, we are interested bystanders in that process, no more, no less. Be careful what you wish for. To GFZ, the most humble and honourable of managers in a game now dominated by ludicrous amounts of money, and the requirements for immediate success, I can only thank him for his contribution and be proud and count myself fortunate to have witnessed last season. The best football ever seen at the Vic. Winning with dignity.[/p][/quote]Couldn't have put it better. Harry's Bar

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