How did Beppe Sannino welcome new signings in Italy? By making them tell him to **** off

This Is Local London: Beppe Sannino says Sir Alex Ferguson is his role model but you suspect they have slightly different coaching methods. Picture: Action Images Beppe Sannino says Sir Alex Ferguson is his role model but you suspect they have slightly different coaching methods. Picture: Action Images

Beppe Sannino describes Sir Alex Ferguson as his role model but it's fair to assume that - unlike the new Watford boss - the Manchester United legend did not encourage new signings to tell him to **** off.

Italian journalist Paolo Tomaselli has written an extensive profile on Sannino which is being used to help promote the book Tales from the Vicarage volume two.

Part of Tomaselli's profile says: Sannino builds a bulletproof bond with his players: when a new one arrives, Sannino asks to be greeted with a "Vaffanculo!" - "**** you!" - to immediately break down a barrier between them and relax into the environment.

It's not fag-packet psychology, although the technique may seem a touch primitive. At Coverciano, the Italian national academy for aspiring coaches, Sannino graduated having written his thesis on "the coach-player relationship".

So he's done his homework. And what he calls the "therapeutic insult" is an important prong to his method. In Sannino's view, depending on the day, the situation and the player in front of him, a coach must fulfil the role of father, brother or friend. Because, as he'll discover, there's a world of difference between Serie C2 and Serie A.

"I give my players everything and I want them to reciprocate. We are two different sources of energy which complete each other: if there's distance between the master and the pupil, you won't get anywhere. We might go for a drink together off the field, but on the pitch I don't care who you are and I say exactly what I think. My great strength is that I'm genuine, true to myself; if you're playing a role, you get nowhere. The most important thing is to be positive and proactive.

"In life there's good and bad and the only thing that you should ever be afraid of is ill-health. I worked in a hospital for ten years: I saw people die, I saw what suffering was. We're lucky, we really shouldn't feel sorry for ourselves."

Read the whole of Tomaselli's profile on Sannino here and you can buy the book Tales from the Vicarage volume two here.

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9:46am Thu 23 Jan 14

mellow yellow says...

I'm liking this guy more and more each day. The therapeutic insult?! Quality. He's found the right club, eh, demerit.... By the way, Anya and Fessi still here, are they not...
I'm liking this guy more and more each day. The therapeutic insult?! Quality. He's found the right club, eh, demerit.... By the way, Anya and Fessi still here, are they not... mellow yellow
  • Score: 33

9:54am Thu 23 Jan 14

bristol hornet says...

Not sure what Christians Anya and Ranegie would make of such a welcome!!
Not sure what Christians Anya and Ranegie would make of such a welcome!! bristol hornet
  • Score: -1

10:25am Thu 23 Jan 14

Harry's Bar says...

I'm going to try telling my boss to f*** off and see what happens. I'm sure he'll see it as a bonding exercise.
I'm going to try telling my boss to f*** off and see what happens. I'm sure he'll see it as a bonding exercise. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 37

10:31am Thu 23 Jan 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Hey Hornet Cornet and Hogwood. "Vaffanculo !!". Just bonding....
Hey Hornet Cornet and Hogwood. "Vaffanculo !!". Just bonding.... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 15

11:23am Thu 23 Jan 14

demerit says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Hey Hornet Cornet and Hogwood. "Vaffanculo !!". Just bonding....
So you don't want to bond with me then.....?
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Hey Hornet Cornet and Hogwood. "Vaffanculo !!". Just bonding....[/p][/quote]So you don't want to bond with me then.....? demerit
  • Score: -9

11:36am Thu 23 Jan 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

This guy is an absolute hero.

On the basis of this story alone, give him a 10-year contract!
This guy is an absolute hero. On the basis of this story alone, give him a 10-year contract! JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 10

11:44am Thu 23 Jan 14

Havana Club says...

I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...
I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer... Havana Club
  • Score: -22

11:45am Thu 23 Jan 14

lockerbiehornet says...

Vaffanculo is actually Sicilian, Funculo is Italian for F*** OFF
Vaffanculo is actually Sicilian, Funculo is Italian for F*** OFF lockerbiehornet
  • Score: -3

11:52am Thu 23 Jan 14

@julesmckenzie says...

Have you read the Guardian interview about Beppe?

http://www.theguardi
an.com/football/2014
/jan/22/beppe-sannin
o-watford-manchester
-city-fa-cup?

The guy ain't just a hero, he is a working class hero!!!
Have you read the Guardian interview about Beppe? http://www.theguardi an.com/football/2014 /jan/22/beppe-sannin o-watford-manchester -city-fa-cup? The guy ain't just a hero, he is a working class hero!!! @julesmckenzie
  • Score: 10

11:54am Thu 23 Jan 14

Harrydownunder says...

So we have found a way to swear our heads off on the wobbly by learning Italian….. Funculo to you all….. :)
So we have found a way to swear our heads off on the wobbly by learning Italian….. Funculo to you all….. :) Harrydownunder
  • Score: 11

12:04pm Thu 23 Jan 14

big_doris says...

This is exactly the kind of detail on the club that we want as fans.

Kudos to the Tales From The Vicarage people. (Their books are essential reading for any Watford fan, if you ask me.)
This is exactly the kind of detail on the club that we want as fans. Kudos to the Tales From The Vicarage people. (Their books are essential reading for any Watford fan, if you ask me.) big_doris
  • Score: 5

12:09pm Thu 23 Jan 14

In GT We Trust says...

Havana Club wrote:
I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...
It may have ended in ears, but to give Boothroyd the credit he deserves, only two managers have got us promoted since I've been watching Watford (1977) ...
[quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...[/p][/quote]It may have ended in ears, but to give Boothroyd the credit he deserves, only two managers have got us promoted since I've been watching Watford (1977) ... In GT We Trust
  • Score: 22

12:10pm Thu 23 Jan 14

In GT We Trust says...

In GT We Trust wrote:
Havana Club wrote:
I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...
It may have ended in ears, but to give Boothroyd the credit he deserves, only two managers have got us promoted since I've been watching Watford (1977) ...
'tears' not 'ears', of course.
[quote][p][bold]In GT We Trust[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...[/p][/quote]It may have ended in ears, but to give Boothroyd the credit he deserves, only two managers have got us promoted since I've been watching Watford (1977) ...[/p][/quote]'tears' not 'ears', of course. In GT We Trust
  • Score: 3

12:24pm Thu 23 Jan 14

jasonwatford says...

Most real fans will like this as if you read the story it could be me or you. He knows how hard he has worked and how lucky he is to be doing what he does. He will also let the players know how lucky they are and what they need to give back.
Most real fans will like this as if you read the story it could be me or you. He knows how hard he has worked and how lucky he is to be doing what he does. He will also let the players know how lucky they are and what they need to give back. jasonwatford
  • Score: -1

12:24pm Thu 23 Jan 14

kevhenderson says...

In GT We Trust wrote:
In GT We Trust wrote:
Havana Club wrote:
I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...
It may have ended in ears, but to give Boothroyd the credit he deserves, only two managers have got us promoted since I've been watching Watford (1977) ...
'tears' not 'ears', of course.
Yes it did go horribly wrong for Boothroyd, but I think that Watford fans were far to quick to criticise as, after all, he was, as you say, one of only two managers to get us in to the First Division/Premier League.

Although we didn't get many point in our last season in the PL, we were competitive at home. I think that there were only two games where we lost by more than one goal (Liverpool and Everton). Things could have been very different with a slice of luck. I could have made all this up of course.
[quote][p][bold]In GT We Trust[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In GT We Trust[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...[/p][/quote]It may have ended in ears, but to give Boothroyd the credit he deserves, only two managers have got us promoted since I've been watching Watford (1977) ...[/p][/quote]'tears' not 'ears', of course.[/p][/quote]Yes it did go horribly wrong for Boothroyd, but I think that Watford fans were far to quick to criticise as, after all, he was, as you say, one of only two managers to get us in to the First Division/Premier League. Although we didn't get many point in our last season in the PL, we were competitive at home. I think that there were only two games where we lost by more than one goal (Liverpool and Everton). Things could have been very different with a slice of luck. I could have made all this up of course. kevhenderson
  • Score: 17

12:28pm Thu 23 Jan 14

demerit says...

@julesmckenzie wrote:
Have you read the Guardian interview about Beppe?

http://www.theguardi

an.com/football/2014

/jan/22/beppe-sannin

o-watford-manchester

-city-fa-cup?

The guy ain't just a hero, he is a working class hero!!!
Ooooooh dear, here we go....
[quote][p][bold]@julesmckenzie[/bold] wrote: Have you read the Guardian interview about Beppe? http://www.theguardi an.com/football/2014 /jan/22/beppe-sannin o-watford-manchester -city-fa-cup? The guy ain't just a hero, he is a working class hero!!![/p][/quote]Ooooooh dear, here we go.... demerit
  • Score: -11

12:30pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Havana Club wrote:
I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...
A bit "Insannino" then ?
[quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...[/p][/quote]A bit "Insannino" then ? Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -13

12:36pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

kevhenderson wrote:
In GT We Trust wrote:
In GT We Trust wrote:
Havana Club wrote:
I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...
It may have ended in ears, but to give Boothroyd the credit he deserves, only two managers have got us promoted since I've been watching Watford (1977) ...
'tears' not 'ears', of course.
Yes it did go horribly wrong for Boothroyd, but I think that Watford fans were far to quick to criticise as, after all, he was, as you say, one of only two managers to get us in to the First Division/Premier League.

Although we didn't get many point in our last season in the PL, we were competitive at home. I think that there were only two games where we lost by more than one goal (Liverpool and Everton). Things could have been very different with a slice of luck. I could have made all this up of course.
yes a shame the dreadful last 12 months and financial mess is the lasting memory. That promotion year was just amazing. Didn't he turn down an England U21 role early in our prem year because he thought it was too early ? Bet he regrets that now.
[quote][p][bold]kevhenderson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In GT We Trust[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In GT We Trust[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...[/p][/quote]It may have ended in ears, but to give Boothroyd the credit he deserves, only two managers have got us promoted since I've been watching Watford (1977) ...[/p][/quote]'tears' not 'ears', of course.[/p][/quote]Yes it did go horribly wrong for Boothroyd, but I think that Watford fans were far to quick to criticise as, after all, he was, as you say, one of only two managers to get us in to the First Division/Premier League. Although we didn't get many point in our last season in the PL, we were competitive at home. I think that there were only two games where we lost by more than one goal (Liverpool and Everton). Things could have been very different with a slice of luck. I could have made all this up of course.[/p][/quote]yes a shame the dreadful last 12 months and financial mess is the lasting memory. That promotion year was just amazing. Didn't he turn down an England U21 role early in our prem year because he thought it was too early ? Bet he regrets that now. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -8

1:39pm Thu 23 Jan 14

FestersVespas says...

So at least the players understood what he was saying to Bournemouth ref
So at least the players understood what he was saying to Bournemouth ref FestersVespas
  • Score: 4

2:09pm Thu 23 Jan 14

VOReason says...

mellow yellow wrote:
I'm liking this guy more and more each day. The therapeutic insult?! Quality. He's found the right club, eh, demerit.... By the way, Anya and Fessi still here, are they not...
They are both first choice under beppe too arent they? #justsaying
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: I'm liking this guy more and more each day. The therapeutic insult?! Quality. He's found the right club, eh, demerit.... By the way, Anya and Fessi still here, are they not...[/p][/quote]They are both first choice under beppe too arent they? #justsaying VOReason
  • Score: -13

2:15pm Thu 23 Jan 14

CaptainPC says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
This guy is an absolute hero.

On the basis of this story alone, give him a 10-year contract!
You are a buffoon. Fact.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: This guy is an absolute hero. On the basis of this story alone, give him a 10-year contract![/p][/quote]You are a buffoon. Fact. CaptainPC
  • Score: -12

2:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

FestersVespas says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Hey Hornet Cornet and Hogwood. "Vaffanculo !!". Just bonding....
Please could you bond a bit with CaptainPC too, he still pines for the days of Ray Lewington and the amateur leagues that Ray wanted to take WFC to.
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Hey Hornet Cornet and Hogwood. "Vaffanculo !!". Just bonding....[/p][/quote]Please could you bond a bit with CaptainPC too, he still pines for the days of Ray Lewington and the amateur leagues that Ray wanted to take WFC to. FestersVespas
  • Score: 3

3:36pm Thu 23 Jan 14

solefull says...

Classy
Classy solefull
  • Score: 3

4:57pm Thu 23 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

So Sannino is a bit of a character, so what.

What is more interesting from the Guardian article is his burning ambition to be the best he can. Something I am sure he can transmit to Watford's players like Forestieri and Fabbrini to name two that have talent but as yet not made the most of it.That passion is coming through in his comments/ interviews and his sideline antics. It is very infectious.

To use great managers like Sir Alex as a measure of what can be acheived shows ambition. And like Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Mourinho GT and others proves you don't have to be a great player to maximize your success as a manager. Lets hope he does it with us.
So Sannino is a bit of a character, so what. What is more interesting from the Guardian article is his burning ambition to be the best he can. Something I am sure he can transmit to Watford's players like Forestieri and Fabbrini to name two that have talent but as yet not made the most of it.That passion is coming through in his comments/ interviews and his sideline antics. It is very infectious. To use great managers like Sir Alex as a measure of what can be acheived shows ambition. And like Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Mourinho GT and others proves you don't have to be a great player to maximize your success as a manager. Lets hope he does it with us. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 4

5:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

truefan1 says...

VOReason wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
I'm liking this guy more and more each day. The therapeutic insult?! Quality. He's found the right club, eh, demerit.... By the way, Anya and Fessi still here, are they not...
They are both first choice under beppe too arent they? #justsaying
Do not listen to this Lu~~n idiot VOReason
why don't you go back to your non league forums with your mate tommy robinson
He is a scummer do not bite
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: I'm liking this guy more and more each day. The therapeutic insult?! Quality. He's found the right club, eh, demerit.... By the way, Anya and Fessi still here, are they not...[/p][/quote]They are both first choice under beppe too arent they? #justsaying[/p][/quote]Do not listen to this Lu~~n idiot VOReason why don't you go back to your non league forums with your mate tommy robinson He is a scummer do not bite truefan1
  • Score: 23

5:28pm Fri 24 Jan 14

PozzoHornet says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
kevhenderson wrote:
In GT We Trust wrote:
In GT We Trust wrote:
Havana Club wrote:
I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...
It may have ended in ears, but to give Boothroyd the credit he deserves, only two managers have got us promoted since I've been watching Watford (1977) ...
'tears' not 'ears', of course.
Yes it did go horribly wrong for Boothroyd, but I think that Watford fans were far to quick to criticise as, after all, he was, as you say, one of only two managers to get us in to the First Division/Premier League.

Although we didn't get many point in our last season in the PL, we were competitive at home. I think that there were only two games where we lost by more than one goal (Liverpool and Everton). Things could have been very different with a slice of luck. I could have made all this up of course.
yes a shame the dreadful last 12 months and financial mess is the lasting memory. That promotion year was just amazing. Didn't he turn down an England U21 role early in our prem year because he thought it was too early ? Bet he regrets that now.
Why would he regret it? Every England u21 manager is doomed to be sacked as soon the substandard players we produce flop at the next big tournament. It's just one big revolving door of managers. I feel sorry for Gareth Southgate.
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kevhenderson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In GT We Trust[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In GT We Trust[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...[/p][/quote]It may have ended in ears, but to give Boothroyd the credit he deserves, only two managers have got us promoted since I've been watching Watford (1977) ...[/p][/quote]'tears' not 'ears', of course.[/p][/quote]Yes it did go horribly wrong for Boothroyd, but I think that Watford fans were far to quick to criticise as, after all, he was, as you say, one of only two managers to get us in to the First Division/Premier League. Although we didn't get many point in our last season in the PL, we were competitive at home. I think that there were only two games where we lost by more than one goal (Liverpool and Everton). Things could have been very different with a slice of luck. I could have made all this up of course.[/p][/quote]yes a shame the dreadful last 12 months and financial mess is the lasting memory. That promotion year was just amazing. Didn't he turn down an England U21 role early in our prem year because he thought it was too early ? Bet he regrets that now.[/p][/quote]Why would he regret it? Every England u21 manager is doomed to be sacked as soon the substandard players we produce flop at the next big tournament. It's just one big revolving door of managers. I feel sorry for Gareth Southgate. PozzoHornet
  • Score: 0

5:33pm Fri 24 Jan 14

PozzoHornet says...

lockerbiehornet wrote:
Vaffanculo is actually Sicilian, Funculo is Italian for F*** OFF
No it's not. Vaffanculo would be the full word pronounced correctly, however some regional dialects shorten to 'fanculo. It is often used in conjunction with the word 'but' (in Italian, 'ma') and thus is said 'ma'afanculo' much in the same way in English we often don't pronounce 't' sounds in the middle of words and replace them with a glottal stop.
[quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: Vaffanculo is actually Sicilian, Funculo is Italian for F*** OFF[/p][/quote]No it's not. Vaffanculo would be the full word pronounced correctly, however some regional dialects shorten to 'fanculo. It is often used in conjunction with the word 'but' (in Italian, 'ma') and thus is said 'ma'afanculo' much in the same way in English we often don't pronounce 't' sounds in the middle of words and replace them with a glottal stop. PozzoHornet
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Fri 24 Jan 14

PozzoHornet says...

Havana Club wrote:
I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...
But, in contrast to Boothroyd, Sannino has a track record of, largely, success. Clearly he has substance and it is reasonable to assume that his attitude and player bonding is a contributing factor to that success. I mean it can't all be BS, the man did his bloody thesis on 'the coach-player relationship'!
[quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: I'm not so sure. He's increasingly coming across as a bit of a nutter. There's a dangerous air of Boothroyd about all this, 'A maverick' 'original thinker' who is refreshing and entertaining to start with, but turns out to be hot-air to hide ultimate lack of substance. I dearly hope he pulls the team out of its funk and back into Play-Off contenders for next season, but at times he appears as a bit of a loon, the Guardian interview yesterday did not make things any clearer...[/p][/quote]But, in contrast to Boothroyd, Sannino has a track record of, largely, success. Clearly he has substance and it is reasonable to assume that his attitude and player bonding is a contributing factor to that success. I mean it can't all be BS, the man did his bloody thesis on 'the coach-player relationship'! PozzoHornet
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Fri 24 Jan 14

PozzoHornet says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
So Sannino is a bit of a character, so what.

What is more interesting from the Guardian article is his burning ambition to be the best he can. Something I am sure he can transmit to Watford's players like Forestieri and Fabbrini to name two that have talent but as yet not made the most of it.That passion is coming through in his comments/ interviews and his sideline antics. It is very infectious.

To use great managers like Sir Alex as a measure of what can be acheived shows ambition. And like Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Mourinho GT and others proves you don't have to be a great player to maximize your success as a manager. Lets hope he does it with us.
Fabbrini I'd agree doesn't look interested, but come on, you can't slate Forestieri's work rate and commitment to the team. Granted, sometimes he is a bit wasteful (that dreadful attempted volley against Reading a prime example) and he could greatly improve on his shooting accuracy, but if there's one thing Forestieri is good at, it's graft. Not forgetting that he was incredibly quick to sign for 5 years when no contract talks with other players were being undertaken. Got to assume he asked for the contract himself.
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: So Sannino is a bit of a character, so what. What is more interesting from the Guardian article is his burning ambition to be the best he can. Something I am sure he can transmit to Watford's players like Forestieri and Fabbrini to name two that have talent but as yet not made the most of it.That passion is coming through in his comments/ interviews and his sideline antics. It is very infectious. To use great managers like Sir Alex as a measure of what can be acheived shows ambition. And like Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Mourinho GT and others proves you don't have to be a great player to maximize your success as a manager. Lets hope he does it with us.[/p][/quote]Fabbrini I'd agree doesn't look interested, but come on, you can't slate Forestieri's work rate and commitment to the team. Granted, sometimes he is a bit wasteful (that dreadful attempted volley against Reading a prime example) and he could greatly improve on his shooting accuracy, but if there's one thing Forestieri is good at, it's graft. Not forgetting that he was incredibly quick to sign for 5 years when no contract talks with other players were being undertaken. Got to assume he asked for the contract himself. PozzoHornet
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