Sean Murray: 'Beppe Sannino has already shown his love for Watford and his job'

Sean Murray celebrating his goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Bristol City. Picture: Action Images

Sean Murray celebrating his goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Bristol City. Picture: Action Images

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Sean Murray claims Beppe Sannino has already shown he “has a lot of love” for Watford and his job during the Italian’s first three weeks in charge.

Sannino may not be able to speak English but his passion is evident despite the language barrier, as the animated head coach has shown on the sidelines.

“Yes he is passionate,” Murray confirmed. “He has a lot of love for the club and a lot of love in his job.

“He wants to win every game and he says to us that he wants us to have the best for ourselves – more than for him – so he is a passionate guy and he loves seeing the team doing well.”

Gianfranco Zola was also passionate about his job as Watford’s head coach but Murray’s two most recent bosses appear to be very different when it comes to their outlook on football. Zola’s priority seemed to be for his team to outplay the opposition by focusing on their own possession-based style of play, whereas Sannino is keen for his team to build from the back defensively, be tactically disciplined and then look to play attacking football.

On the difference between the two head coaches, Murray said: “For me, the way we play defensively means we are very organised. We were organised under Zola but Sannino likes to put it into practice so it becomes second nature in the games.

“In training we do a lot of tactical work and shape work so now everyone knows where they need to be, what players are closing down where and who is covering. So organisation would be the main thing (difference).

“We are still playing good football and creating chances so not too much has changed but at the moment we have a lot of confidence coming into games and that is helping us.”

Murray made his professional debut as a 17-year-old in the final game of the 2010/11 season and the last match of Malky Mackay’s reign – the 3-1 defeat away to Preston North End.

The then second-year scholar was unable to break into the side initially under Sean Dyche but proved why he was a target for Manchester City as a 16-year-old during the second half of that campaign, with seven goals in 18 outings from midfield.

Murray started six of Zola’s first seven league games in charge but only made two more starts during last season, as the club also attempted to use him as a right wing-back.

But the creative midfielder has previously admitted he didn’t return from the 2012 summer break in the best shape or perform well at the start of that season.

So in the summer he decided to attend a one-on-one, ten-day training camp at the FA’s St George's Park with Michael Johnson Performance, a company which was set up by the iconic sprinter and run by top American coaches.

It was sprint-based work but it also helped Murray improve his overall fitness ahead of the new campaign.

He said: “I think to get the season started early and get into the swing of things has helped me progress.

“I have been playing a few games now and I feel very good about myself.

“It definitely paid off and it is still helping me now.”

Murray wasn’t in the team for the first three league matches this season but he has since helped fill the void left by Almen Abdi, playing in 21 of the Hornets’ last 25 games.

“I am enjoying my football a lot more,” he admitted. “I am playing a lot more games and I feel a lot better about playing.

“It is definitely a good time for me at the moment and now it is time for us to get the team higher up the league.”

Murray has played a number of positions in recent years, for the first team, reserves and youth side. He has been used in a two and three-man centre midfield, on the left, as a number ten and a wing back.

This season he has been playing as one of the more attacking options in the midfield three and he said: “For me I think that is my best position now. Last season I was adapting to it and finding out new things about it.

“Zola taught me a lot about playing that position and now it is coming together. That is definitely my best position.”

Whilst Murray’s form has improved this season, that hasn’t been the case for Watford, as they have slipped to 14th in the Championship and 17 points away from the automatic promotion places.

Sannino has helped shore up Watford’s leaky defence and the team have only conceded twice in their last four matches.

When asked if he thinks the Hornets will continue to improve, Murray replied: “I think so. Everyone wants to impress the new manager and everyone is working hard to do the things he wants so it can only get better from now on.”

He added: “We had a few blips, a few bad games and a few bad runs but considering the players we have – and we have players to come into the team as well – then I think that [the play-offs] is definitely the aim.

“We are not too far away (Watford are six points below the play-off places) and if we carry on playing the same way and with the same confidence then we won’t be too far away.”

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3:12pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Poppet Bear says...

Lets get some more points and start climbing the league table.
Lets get some more points and start climbing the league table. Poppet Bear
  • Score: 13

3:29pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway
Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -87

4:20pm Fri 10 Jan 14

demerit says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway
Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway[/p][/quote]Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already... demerit
  • Score: -25

4:27pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway
Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...
Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway[/p][/quote]Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...[/p][/quote]Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why.... Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -24

4:32pm Fri 10 Jan 14

andyhooked says...

Too many WFC spin doctors making a non-story yet again. That said let's hope we get further up the league table and that the new manager does produce points - and 3 points per game..
Too many WFC spin doctors making a non-story yet again. That said let's hope we get further up the league table and that the new manager does produce points - and 3 points per game.. andyhooked
  • Score: 3

4:58pm Fri 10 Jan 14

demerit says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway
Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...
Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....
Yep, a mystery.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway[/p][/quote]Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...[/p][/quote]Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....[/p][/quote]Yep, a mystery. demerit
  • Score: -15

6:32pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Big Cliff was King says...

"We were organised under Zola but Sannino likes to put it into practice so it becomes second nature in the games."
Not Mr Zola and Mr Sannino then ?
"We were organised under Zola but Sannino likes to put it into practice so it becomes second nature in the games." Not Mr Zola and Mr Sannino then ? Big Cliff was King
  • Score: -1

8:51pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway
Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...
Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....
Yep, a mystery.
i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway[/p][/quote]Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...[/p][/quote]Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....[/p][/quote]Yep, a mystery.[/p][/quote]i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -10

10:00pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Dino1982 says...

Met Beppe earlier in the Watford shop.

What a very nice guy. I had a chat in Italian.
He came across as very very down to earth, very friendly and said he feels very welcome here. He loves the family aspect of the club.
He felt the idea of him meeting some fans and being in the shop was fantastic as it meant he gets a chance to mingle and chat to everyone.
While I was in there. He saw a small child picked up a football and started passing it to him telling the lad to pass with his right and then left.

As I was chatting to him, he actually purchased some slippers and was trying them on behind the main table. It was not just funny, but actually could you see some other managers doing this and giving up there time?!!

I had my daughter with me who wanted her scarf signed as he struggled to sign on the material he asked one of his coaches in Italian get me some postcards over there, I will pay for them and he did and then signed them and handed them to my daughter. She was over the moon!
He asked me if I new of any nice restaurants in the area. I mentioned a couple.

He said a few words in English to some fans while I was in the shop, but had told me that he was frustrated that he is unable to communicate more with some of the fans.

All in all, good guy, down to earth, his coaching staff were there and gave lots time and made an effort with the children.

Good stuff.
Met Beppe earlier in the Watford shop. What a very nice guy. I had a chat in Italian. He came across as very very down to earth, very friendly and said he feels very welcome here. He loves the family aspect of the club. He felt the idea of him meeting some fans and being in the shop was fantastic as it meant he gets a chance to mingle and chat to everyone. While I was in there. He saw a small child picked up a football and started passing it to him telling the lad to pass with his right and then left. As I was chatting to him, he actually purchased some slippers and was trying them on behind the main table. It was not just funny, but actually could you see some other managers doing this and giving up there time?!! I had my daughter with me who wanted her scarf signed as he struggled to sign on the material he asked one of his coaches in Italian get me some postcards over there, I will pay for them and he did and then signed them and handed them to my daughter. She was over the moon! He asked me if I new of any nice restaurants in the area. I mentioned a couple. He said a few words in English to some fans while I was in the shop, but had told me that he was frustrated that he is unable to communicate more with some of the fans. All in all, good guy, down to earth, his coaching staff were there and gave lots time and made an effort with the children. Good stuff. Dino1982
  • Score: 32

11:11pm Fri 10 Jan 14

D.unstable says...

What's this Battochio on loan word that is on Twitter tonight, great guy to ave on the bench.
What's this Battochio on loan word that is on Twitter tonight, great guy to ave on the bench. D.unstable
  • Score: 0

1:31am Sat 11 Jan 14

rogeruk says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway
Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...
Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....
Yep, a mystery.
i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya
Everything popular is wrong.The right way is not always the popular and easy way.

Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway[/p][/quote]Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...[/p][/quote]Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....[/p][/quote]Yep, a mystery.[/p][/quote]i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya[/p][/quote]Everything popular is wrong.The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. rogeruk
  • Score: -4

7:21am Sat 11 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

rogeruk wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway
Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...
Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....
Yep, a mystery.
i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya
Everything popular is wrong.The right way is not always the popular and easy way.

Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
Warriors of not only freedom but also truth. Thats us.
[quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway[/p][/quote]Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...[/p][/quote]Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....[/p][/quote]Yep, a mystery.[/p][/quote]i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya[/p][/quote]Everything popular is wrong.The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.[/p][/quote]Warriors of not only freedom but also truth. Thats us. Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -6

10:44am Sat 11 Jan 14

mellow yellow says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
rogeruk wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway
Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...
Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....
Yep, a mystery.
i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya
Everything popular is wrong.The right way is not always the popular and easy way.

Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
Warriors of not only freedom but also truth. Thats us.
HC: when are you goring to tell roger and demerit what you REALLY think of them...? ;)
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway[/p][/quote]Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...[/p][/quote]Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....[/p][/quote]Yep, a mystery.[/p][/quote]i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya[/p][/quote]Everything popular is wrong.The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.[/p][/quote]Warriors of not only freedom but also truth. Thats us.[/p][/quote]HC: when are you goring to tell roger and demerit what you REALLY think of them...? ;) mellow yellow
  • Score: 2

11:07am Sat 11 Jan 14

Stoney77 says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
rogeruk wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway
Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...
Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....
Yep, a mystery.
i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya
Everything popular is wrong.The right way is not always the popular and easy way.

Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
Warriors of not only freedom but also truth. Thats us.
Sheeple Army
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway[/p][/quote]Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...[/p][/quote]Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....[/p][/quote]Yep, a mystery.[/p][/quote]i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya[/p][/quote]Everything popular is wrong.The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.[/p][/quote]Warriors of not only freedom but also truth. Thats us.[/p][/quote]Sheeple Army Stoney77
  • Score: 0

11:21am Sat 11 Jan 14

dunstablehorn says...

Any chance of not talking about yourselves hc demerit?
Any chance of not talking about yourselves hc demerit? dunstablehorn
  • Score: 1

1:07am Sun 12 Jan 14

rogeruk says...

mellow yellow wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
rogeruk wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway
Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...
Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....
Yep, a mystery.
i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya
Everything popular is wrong.The right way is not always the popular and easy way.

Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
Warriors of not only freedom but also truth. Thats us.
HC: when are you goring to tell roger and demerit what you REALLY think of them...? ;)
Mellow Yellow's pathetic effort with his 'divide and conquer'attempt. Add to Mellow the word 'Cheese' making an apt description of Mellow yellow; mouldy and smelly, This piece of cheese can't string together two logical sentences! A legend in his own mind!
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Bring back GZ. Never wanted him to leave anyway[/p][/quote]Blimey HC, you only posted this 45 mins ago and you've caught 13 already...[/p][/quote]Thanks matey. I think that many clappers on here don't like me. Don't know why....[/p][/quote]Yep, a mystery.[/p][/quote]i'm on for a HC record here. Come on you zola-loving happy clappers, let's be havin' ya[/p][/quote]Everything popular is wrong.The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.[/p][/quote]Warriors of not only freedom but also truth. Thats us.[/p][/quote]HC: when are you goring to tell roger and demerit what you REALLY think of them...? ;)[/p][/quote]Mellow Yellow's pathetic effort with his 'divide and conquer'attempt. Add to Mellow the word 'Cheese' making an apt description of Mellow yellow; mouldy and smelly, This piece of cheese can't string together two logical sentences! A legend in his own mind! rogeruk
  • Score: 0

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