New Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino: Suffer in the week because on Saturdays you enjoy

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Giuseppe Sannino's chance to manage Watford was a dream come true, with the Hornets’ new head coach insisting English football is the envy of the rest of the world.

Sannino praised the English culture and its football following his first match in charge of the Hornets at the weekend.

He has been coaching in Italy for the last 25 years, working his way from youth level up the football pyramid before earning his chance in Serie A.

With head of medical Marco Cesarini acting as translator, Sannino said: “I think a lot of my colleagues would like to work here – either in the Premier League or Championship.

“I was hoping to come here one day but it was a last-minute decision [to join Watford].

“It is a dream come true.

“The Serie A is a difficult league but the passion you have here is unbelievable. The stadiums are always full, the way English clubs play football is good, there are families in the stadium and your football is something that you should be proud of.

“People from abroad look at your country and envy you – in a good way.”

“It was a dream for me to land in England. The Ipswich game was 90 minutes of my life that I was dreaming of,” he added after the 1-1 draw on Saturday.

“I had an impression of English football [before the Ipswich match] because we watched English football in Italy.

“I have been asked why I decided to drop from Serie A level to the Championship in England but for me it is not a drop.

“I am very happy and proud to move because you can play the kind of football that I like.

“The level is not what is important, it is about what I can bring to the club.”

Sannino played professional football in the League 1 equivalent in Italy and started coaching at the age of 31.

He worked at academy level for a decade before moving up the Italian leagues in the last 25 years.

The 56-year-old had a tough upbringing as a child.

He has previously been quoted as saying his family of seven lived in a two-room house, with the young Sannino sleeping in the kitchen, and, even in winter, he would be seen playing in the streets in flip-flops and shorts.

When he began his coaching career, his day would start at 6am with a seven-hour shift as a janitor at a psychiatric hospital in Voghera before heading to start his coaching.

Sannino is an animated character on the sidelines, as he showed during his first game in charge of Watford, and believes the life he has lived is a reason for that.

He said: “If you look at my profile and CV, I am used to working hard and fighting.

“For me to get to Serie A, I had to win on the pitch – nobody has ever selected me so to speak.

“This is why I am so passionate. I feel the game like I am playing.”

During his spells at lower league clubs, a period when he secured five promotions, the 56-year-old developed a reputation for creating teams who play exciting and dynamic football.

He continued that when he was appointed Siena head coach in 2011 as he kept the recently-promoted side in Serie A and reached the Coppa Italia semi-final, which enhanced Sannino’s reputation and earned him a move to Palermo.

The club’s volatile owner sacked him three matches into the season before re-hiring him several months later but he was unable to keep the team in Italy’s top flight.

Sannino was able to land another Serie A job this summer but he was fired by Chievo after just one win in their first 12 games.

The experienced coach sacrificed some attacking creativity in favour of defensive resilience in his previous two jobs before Watford, with the sides in relegation battles.

So it will be intriguing to see how Sannino sets up his Watford team. Striker Troy Deeney says the new head coach has already told him to expect chances to be limited early on as he tries to build the team from the back.

Sannino said: “Every coach and manager has their own style. I like my teams to always have movement.

“I want my team to suffer in the week because on Saturdays they have to enjoy themselves – for the club and the supporters.”

One of the most noticeable points from his first game in charge was his desire for the Hornets players to press the opposition.

He explained: “I like my team to play positive football but to do that we need to press – to adapt to Championship football.”

Sources told the Watford Observer Sannino was first contacted about the Hornets job a week before Zola’s resignation but the Italian stressed the decision to come to England was a late one.

With more notice, Sannino stated he would have been able to speak some English.

He said: “My first speech to the lads was to apologise to them because I do not speak English. I plan to speak English as soon as possible. That is one of my big regrets.

“But the decision [to join Watford] was [made] very quickly so I didn’t have time to prepare like [other Italian managers who have come to England, such as] Carlo Ancelotti or Roberto Mancini; they had time to prepare so I am really sorry for that.”

The likes of Cesarini, new assistant coach Alberto Sebastiani and head of sports science Giovanni Brignardello are helping Sannino communicate with the players, as are players such as Manuel Almunia, Marco Cassetti and Joel Ekstrand.

But Sannino stressed: “At the end of the day, football is football. In Italy, England, France and Spain – it is the same.”

Sannino claims he doesn’t have a target for the season as a whole, stating he will take it game by game.

Speaking after his first game in charge, Sannino said: “I only had two days [preparation]. I am not a magician. [But] we know the kind of football in the Championship.

“My first thought is for Gianfranco Zola because he did a great job here. Last season it was amazing that Watford achieved the Play-Off Final.

“I think the position now is not where Watford should be at the moment and in two days I couldn’t do any more than I did and if we had of picked up three points today, it would have been because of Gianfranco.

“What I gave was my way on the touchline and the way I am with the lads – to live the game with passion.”

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1:25pm Tue 24 Dec 13

MUSTOITALIA says...

Everything I have heard from the coach so far has filled me with confidence . We needed a problem solver a fixer and he is working on the problems by making us difficult to beat pressing the opposition and to be passionate about the game. He sounds driven determined and very passionate with a point to prove and I feel he could be just what we needed . I'm hoping for three points and if we get that I can see a good run coming. We can score that wasn't why we were not getting points it was our defensive frailties that cost us. I'm excited to see who we add in jan and looking forward to having a full squad with no injuries. God bless every one and merry Christmas to you all
Everything I have heard from the coach so far has filled me with confidence . We needed a problem solver a fixer and he is working on the problems by making us difficult to beat pressing the opposition and to be passionate about the game. He sounds driven determined and very passionate with a point to prove and I feel he could be just what we needed . I'm hoping for three points and if we get that I can see a good run coming. We can score that wasn't why we were not getting points it was our defensive frailties that cost us. I'm excited to see who we add in jan and looking forward to having a full squad with no injuries. God bless every one and merry Christmas to you all MUSTOITALIA

1:32pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

Roll on Boxing Day. I'm happy if we start winning games in an ugly way.. I just want to start winning again.

Merry Christmas.

HC
Roll on Boxing Day. I'm happy if we start winning games in an ugly way.. I just want to start winning again. Merry Christmas. HC Hornet Cornet

1:41pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

A Christmas Poem
It was the night before Chrimbo,
As RogerUK exited a rainbow pink show,
For he was aglow,
After rolling in yellow snow.

He had a pointy Jimmy Hill chin,
Did that chap called Mickey Quinn,
He felt raunchy and so very queer,
For he now fancied Rudolph reindeer.

And then there was Jasonwatford,
He was so dull he made himself bored,
He loved putting people down,
Yet he comes from smelly Loo-town.

And let’s not forget Lockerbiehornet,
Who often comments on the Cornet,
For he lives in Scottieland,
He’s a member of the Proclaimers band.

Merry Christmas one and all.
All donations gratefully received.
I thank you
HC
A Christmas Poem It was the night before Chrimbo, As RogerUK exited a rainbow pink show, For he was aglow, After rolling in yellow snow. He had a pointy Jimmy Hill chin, Did that chap called Mickey Quinn, He felt raunchy and so very queer, For he now fancied Rudolph reindeer. And then there was Jasonwatford, He was so dull he made himself bored, He loved putting people down, Yet he comes from smelly Loo-town. And let’s not forget Lockerbiehornet, Who often comments on the Cornet, For he lives in Scottieland, He’s a member of the Proclaimers band. Merry Christmas one and all. All donations gratefully received. I thank you HC Hornet Cornet

2:34pm Tue 24 Dec 13

BigBadVirgil says...

My Dear HornetCornet your poem was S*it
Where was all of the Chrismassy Whit?
I expected so much but got very little
I go so bored I fell asleep in the middle

Maybe its because i'm not mentioned
Or maybe just because I am venting
However the quality of you ditty
Made me chuckle and prepare something whitty

So I wish you all a happy christmas
A joyfull new year
And our team a plentiful season

:-)
My Dear HornetCornet your poem was S*it Where was all of the Chrismassy Whit? I expected so much but got very little I go so bored I fell asleep in the middle Maybe its because i'm not mentioned Or maybe just because I am venting However the quality of you ditty Made me chuckle and prepare something whitty So I wish you all a happy christmas A joyfull new year And our team a plentiful season :-) BigBadVirgil

3:51pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Boosey says...

MUSTOITALIA wrote:
Everything I have heard from the coach so far has filled me with confidence . We needed a problem solver a fixer and he is working on the problems by making us difficult to beat pressing the opposition and to be passionate about the game. He sounds driven determined and very passionate with a point to prove and I feel he could be just what we needed . I'm hoping for three points and if we get that I can see a good run coming. We can score that wasn't why we were not getting points it was our defensive frailties that cost us. I'm excited to see who we add in jan and looking forward to having a full squad with no injuries. God bless every one and merry Christmas to you all
It's his tough upbringing that's made him appreciate the good things in life and to get the good things in life from that type of background, you have to work extremely hard for it.
I really hope he is a success with us,because he deserves it.
[quote][p][bold]MUSTOITALIA[/bold] wrote: Everything I have heard from the coach so far has filled me with confidence . We needed a problem solver a fixer and he is working on the problems by making us difficult to beat pressing the opposition and to be passionate about the game. He sounds driven determined and very passionate with a point to prove and I feel he could be just what we needed . I'm hoping for three points and if we get that I can see a good run coming. We can score that wasn't why we were not getting points it was our defensive frailties that cost us. I'm excited to see who we add in jan and looking forward to having a full squad with no injuries. God bless every one and merry Christmas to you all[/p][/quote]It's his tough upbringing that's made him appreciate the good things in life and to get the good things in life from that type of background, you have to work extremely hard for it. I really hope he is a success with us,because he deserves it. Boosey

4:09pm Tue 24 Dec 13

andyhooked says...

Ever heard of spin doctors? This is a good example. Still wishing my club to do well but spin is spin.
Ever heard of spin doctors? This is a good example. Still wishing my club to do well but spin is spin. andyhooked

4:35pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

BigBadVirgil wrote:
My Dear HornetCornet your poem was S*it
Where was all of the Chrismassy Whit?
I expected so much but got very little
I go so bored I fell asleep in the middle

Maybe its because i'm not mentioned
Or maybe just because I am venting
However the quality of you ditty
Made me chuckle and prepare something whitty

So I wish you all a happy christmas
A joyfull new year
And our team a plentiful season

:-)
Love it dude.
Merry Christmas
[quote][p][bold]BigBadVirgil[/bold] wrote: My Dear HornetCornet your poem was S*it Where was all of the Chrismassy Whit? I expected so much but got very little I go so bored I fell asleep in the middle Maybe its because i'm not mentioned Or maybe just because I am venting However the quality of you ditty Made me chuckle and prepare something whitty So I wish you all a happy christmas A joyfull new year And our team a plentiful season :-)[/p][/quote]Love it dude. Merry Christmas Hornet Cornet

5:17pm Tue 24 Dec 13

jasonwatford says...

Hornet Cornet you don't even go to games.......Merry xmas to all even you HC
Hornet Cornet you don't even go to games.......Merry xmas to all even you HC jasonwatford

5:22pm Tue 24 Dec 13

rogeruk says...

andyhooked wrote:
Ever heard of spin doctors? This is a good example. Still wishing my club to do well but spin is spin.
There is a difference between cynicism and passion learn to tell the difference!
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Ever heard of spin doctors? This is a good example. Still wishing my club to do well but spin is spin.[/p][/quote]There is a difference between cynicism and passion learn to tell the difference! rogeruk

6:13pm Tue 24 Dec 13

londomollari says...

Merry Christmas to all.
Even to Hornet Cornet, who failed to mention me in his ditty.
And also to Big Bad Virgil, whose poem was actually quite fun (Sorry, Hornet, no offense intended)
Best wishes to all players and staff, and good luck and success to the new coaching staff.
Someone once said that the difference between a good manager and a great one, and the difference between a poor manager and a good one is simply being lucky. Good luck be with you, Guiseppi.
Merry Christmas to all. Even to Hornet Cornet, who failed to mention me in his ditty. And also to Big Bad Virgil, whose poem was actually quite fun (Sorry, Hornet, no offense intended) Best wishes to all players and staff, and good luck and success to the new coaching staff. Someone once said that the difference between a good manager and a great one, and the difference between a poor manager and a good one is simply being lucky. Good luck be with you, Guiseppi. londomollari

6:25pm Tue 24 Dec 13

londomollari says...

Meant to add, re. being lucky. Aidy Boothroyd was sacked again. I remember posting on here, a long, long time ago, that I thought his success during his first season here was down to luck and Burkinshaw. I rest my case. Still, for the memory of that successful season---good luck to him for the future. Even if his self-opinion of himself was grossly overinflated. Sorry, lacking Christmas spirit, so I'll pour some more. Bye!
Meant to add, re. being lucky. Aidy Boothroyd was sacked again. I remember posting on here, a long, long time ago, that I thought his success during his first season here was down to luck and Burkinshaw. I rest my case. Still, for the memory of that successful season---good luck to him for the future. Even if his self-opinion of himself was grossly overinflated. Sorry, lacking Christmas spirit, so I'll pour some more. Bye! londomollari

6:49pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Abbots hornet says...

Merry Xmas everyone hopefully we can look forward to some wins in the new year.Don't mind if we win ugly just let's get a win!!
Merry Xmas everyone hopefully we can look forward to some wins in the new year.Don't mind if we win ugly just let's get a win!! Abbots hornet

6:57pm Tue 24 Dec 13

hogweed says...

I don't know where all this optimism comes from. I went to the Ipswich game and sat behing the new manager who was giving it everytting from the touchline which was admirable but we didn't win. We haven't won in 10 which is shocking.

I was pleased Zola went due to the above winless run which doomed him. I would have preferred an English coach like Hollowhead or Warnock. Guys with a track record in achieving promotion from this league.

I think Deeney saying chances will be few and far between suggests this manager is going to set his stall out as not wanting to lose games rather than trying to win them which means mid table for us this season.

Hog out
I don't know where all this optimism comes from. I went to the Ipswich game and sat behing the new manager who was giving it everytting from the touchline which was admirable but we didn't win. We haven't won in 10 which is shocking. I was pleased Zola went due to the above winless run which doomed him. I would have preferred an English coach like Hollowhead or Warnock. Guys with a track record in achieving promotion from this league. I think Deeney saying chances will be few and far between suggests this manager is going to set his stall out as not wanting to lose games rather than trying to win them which means mid table for us this season. Hog out hogweed

6:59pm Tue 24 Dec 13

ramage1996 says...

Oh dear, i wonder what he will think after a few home games seeing that the Watford fan base is the most un passionate in the country.

SIT DOWN!
Oh dear, i wonder what he will think after a few home games seeing that the Watford fan base is the most un passionate in the country. SIT DOWN! ramage1996

7:06pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Stoney77 says...

hogweed wrote:
I don't know where all this optimism comes from. I went to the Ipswich game and sat behing the new manager who was giving it everytting from the touchline which was admirable but we didn't win. We haven't won in 10 which is shocking.

I was pleased Zola went due to the above winless run which doomed him. I would have preferred an English coach like Hollowhead or Warnock. Guys with a track record in achieving promotion from this league.

I think Deeney saying chances will be few and far between suggests this manager is going to set his stall out as not wanting to lose games rather than trying to win them which means mid table for us this season.

Hog out
Wow, a post consisting of more than a few words from Hogweed..... I like it! Have you turned over a new leaf? or maybe it's just the Christmas spirit?
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: I don't know where all this optimism comes from. I went to the Ipswich game and sat behing the new manager who was giving it everytting from the touchline which was admirable but we didn't win. We haven't won in 10 which is shocking. I was pleased Zola went due to the above winless run which doomed him. I would have preferred an English coach like Hollowhead or Warnock. Guys with a track record in achieving promotion from this league. I think Deeney saying chances will be few and far between suggests this manager is going to set his stall out as not wanting to lose games rather than trying to win them which means mid table for us this season. Hog out[/p][/quote]Wow, a post consisting of more than a few words from Hogweed..... I like it! Have you turned over a new leaf? or maybe it's just the Christmas spirit? Stoney77

7:08pm Tue 24 Dec 13

londomollari says...

hogweed wrote:
I don't know where all this optimism comes from. I went to the Ipswich game and sat behing the new manager who was giving it everytting from the touchline which was admirable but we didn't win. We haven't won in 10 which is shocking.

I was pleased Zola went due to the above winless run which doomed him. I would have preferred an English coach like Hollowhead or Warnock. Guys with a track record in achieving promotion from this league.

I think Deeney saying chances will be few and far between suggests this manager is going to set his stall out as not wanting to lose games rather than trying to win them which means mid table for us this season.

Hog out
Admirable going to the game, as I was unable to go. However, expecting a new guy to end a winless run after two days is a little over-optimistic--- in the circumstances I thought a draw o.k..
I can understand where you come from on the English coach, even though I don't really agree---a good manager is a good manager, no matter where he comes from. Mid table? Don't know, but play-off hopes are for the rather more optimistic on here.
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: I don't know where all this optimism comes from. I went to the Ipswich game and sat behing the new manager who was giving it everytting from the touchline which was admirable but we didn't win. We haven't won in 10 which is shocking. I was pleased Zola went due to the above winless run which doomed him. I would have preferred an English coach like Hollowhead or Warnock. Guys with a track record in achieving promotion from this league. I think Deeney saying chances will be few and far between suggests this manager is going to set his stall out as not wanting to lose games rather than trying to win them which means mid table for us this season. Hog out[/p][/quote]Admirable going to the game, as I was unable to go. However, expecting a new guy to end a winless run after two days is a little over-optimistic--- in the circumstances I thought a draw o.k.. I can understand where you come from on the English coach, even though I don't really agree---a good manager is a good manager, no matter where he comes from. Mid table? Don't know, but play-off hopes are for the rather more optimistic on here. londomollari

7:09pm Tue 24 Dec 13

bushey tales says...

'I would have preferred an English coach like Hollowhead or Warnock.'

Somebody tell me he's having a laugh.
'I would have preferred an English coach like Hollowhead or Warnock.' Somebody tell me he's having a laugh. bushey tales

9:37pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Hornet Cornet you don't even go to games.......Merry xmas to all even you HC
Merry Christmas jasonwatford.

May the banter continue in 2014
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Hornet Cornet you don't even go to games.......Merry xmas to all even you HC[/p][/quote]Merry Christmas jasonwatford. May the banter continue in 2014 Hornet Cornet

12:23am Wed 25 Dec 13

stewbyhorn says...

I think sometimes we have to beg to differ, we're all fans of club and or views are different. All I want is Watford to do the best they can and pray we can put a good run together. Merry Christmas to you all and lets get behind the boys against Millwall
I think sometimes we have to beg to differ, we're all fans of club and or views are different. All I want is Watford to do the best they can and pray we can put a good run together. Merry Christmas to you all and lets get behind the boys against Millwall stewbyhorn

7:10am Wed 25 Dec 13

mellow yellow says...

Stoney77 wrote:
hogweed wrote:
I don't know where all this optimism comes from. I went to the Ipswich game and sat behing the new manager who was giving it everytting from the touchline which was admirable but we didn't win. We haven't won in 10 which is shocking.

I was pleased Zola went due to the above winless run which doomed him. I would have preferred an English coach like Hollowhead or Warnock. Guys with a track record in achieving promotion from this league.

I think Deeney saying chances will be few and far between suggests this manager is going to set his stall out as not wanting to lose games rather than trying to win them which means mid table for us this season.

Hog out
Wow, a post consisting of more than a few words from Hogweed..... I like it! Have you turned over a new leaf? or maybe it's just the Christmas spirit?
Yeah, the Spirit of Christmas past-it!
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: I don't know where all this optimism comes from. I went to the Ipswich game and sat behing the new manager who was giving it everytting from the touchline which was admirable but we didn't win. We haven't won in 10 which is shocking. I was pleased Zola went due to the above winless run which doomed him. I would have preferred an English coach like Hollowhead or Warnock. Guys with a track record in achieving promotion from this league. I think Deeney saying chances will be few and far between suggests this manager is going to set his stall out as not wanting to lose games rather than trying to win them which means mid table for us this season. Hog out[/p][/quote]Wow, a post consisting of more than a few words from Hogweed..... I like it! Have you turned over a new leaf? or maybe it's just the Christmas spirit?[/p][/quote]Yeah, the Spirit of Christmas past-it! mellow yellow

9:03am Wed 25 Dec 13

mkhornet says...

I think that our new manager may know more about the Championship than I expected. His comment about having to press teams hard and high up the pitch in this division is spot on, as is his decision to build the team from the back. I think that we'll all need to show patience and maybe not expect too much this season, It may take a while before the attacking side of our play starts to gel.
I think that our new manager may know more about the Championship than I expected. His comment about having to press teams hard and high up the pitch in this division is spot on, as is his decision to build the team from the back. I think that we'll all need to show patience and maybe not expect too much this season, It may take a while before the attacking side of our play starts to gel. mkhornet

2:24pm Wed 25 Dec 13

esercito giallo says...

Boosey wrote:
MUSTOITALIA wrote:
Everything I have heard from the coach so far has filled me with confidence . We needed a problem solver a fixer and he is working on the problems by making us difficult to beat pressing the opposition and to be passionate about the game. He sounds driven determined and very passionate with a point to prove and I feel he could be just what we needed . I'm hoping for three points and if we get that I can see a good run coming. We can score that wasn't why we were not getting points it was our defensive frailties that cost us. I'm excited to see who we add in jan and looking forward to having a full squad with no injuries. God bless every one and merry Christmas to you all
It's his tough upbringing that's made him appreciate the good things in life and to get the good things in life from that type of background, you have to work extremely hard for it.
I really hope he is a success with us,because he deserves it.
Sannino for Pope (after a successful spell with The Hornets) !
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MUSTOITALIA[/bold] wrote: Everything I have heard from the coach so far has filled me with confidence . We needed a problem solver a fixer and he is working on the problems by making us difficult to beat pressing the opposition and to be passionate about the game. He sounds driven determined and very passionate with a point to prove and I feel he could be just what we needed . I'm hoping for three points and if we get that I can see a good run coming. We can score that wasn't why we were not getting points it was our defensive frailties that cost us. I'm excited to see who we add in jan and looking forward to having a full squad with no injuries. God bless every one and merry Christmas to you all[/p][/quote]It's his tough upbringing that's made him appreciate the good things in life and to get the good things in life from that type of background, you have to work extremely hard for it. I really hope he is a success with us,because he deserves it.[/p][/quote]Sannino for Pope (after a successful spell with The Hornets) ! esercito giallo

4:02pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Oracledave says...

mkhornet wrote:
I think that our new manager may know more about the Championship than I expected. His comment about having to press teams hard and high up the pitch in this division is spot on, as is his decision to build the team from the back. I think that we'll all need to show patience and maybe not expect too much this season, It may take a while before the attacking side of our play starts to gel.
This sounds right to me (must be the air around MK - I am in N Pag). My ambition is now restricted to keeping a healthy distance away from the bottom three. On that front clean sheets is priority number one.

More than happy to re-assess if we get our 'Mojo' back.
[quote][p][bold]mkhornet[/bold] wrote: I think that our new manager may know more about the Championship than I expected. His comment about having to press teams hard and high up the pitch in this division is spot on, as is his decision to build the team from the back. I think that we'll all need to show patience and maybe not expect too much this season, It may take a while before the attacking side of our play starts to gel.[/p][/quote]This sounds right to me (must be the air around MK - I am in N Pag). My ambition is now restricted to keeping a healthy distance away from the bottom three. On that front clean sheets is priority number one. More than happy to re-assess if we get our 'Mojo' back. Oracledave

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