Watford head coach Beppe Sannino says he admires English managers who handle player recruitment in addition to coaching

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Beppe Sannino says he admires English managers and the Hornets head coach struggles to understand how they are able to incorporate player recruitment into their busy schedule.

Sannino has said since his arrival at Watford that technical director Gianluca Nani is in charge of transfers while he is in charge of what happens on the pitch. Although he does have a say on potential arrivals.

While that is a model which is widely used across Europe, in England the majority of managers are heavily involved in player recruitment in addition to coaching.

Sannino said last Thursday that he is “100 per cent” a head coach and added he is “curious” about the manager’s role in England.

He said: “I am happy to do this job and focus on what happens on the pitch. What happens outside is something that I have always left to other people.

“I do admire English managers and while I am here I will try to understand how they can deal with what happens on the pitch and then on the recruitment of players.

“I have chatted with a couple of managers after the game and my question was how can you deal with this kind of job?

“I am very curious and I admire them because they do it very well. I also have to say the English managers have been gentlemen with me.”

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3:38pm Tue 18 Feb 14

andyhooked says...

Now the truth is out, and what we thought is the case. The manager has little say in the matter but Nani decides who is in the squad and whom we import. Not at all happy with this. Sannino has stabilised the ship but what chance of forward planning? I hope that Sannino is a stop-gap manager as I do think and feel that he can take us beyond an average side with his tactics and team changes, injuries aside. If a manager does not have the ability to send out a scouting team to find what is available in England and the UK how the heck should Nani decide on whom we import and sell! The sale of Britt to Peterborough is a grand error of judgment. Remember the Taylor days when Bertie Mee was bought in as a football person and used his wide scouting networks to give us our glory days.
Now the truth is out, and what we thought is the case. The manager has little say in the matter but Nani decides who is in the squad and whom we import. Not at all happy with this. Sannino has stabilised the ship but what chance of forward planning? I hope that Sannino is a stop-gap manager as I do think and feel that he can take us beyond an average side with his tactics and team changes, injuries aside. If a manager does not have the ability to send out a scouting team to find what is available in England and the UK how the heck should Nani decide on whom we import and sell! The sale of Britt to Peterborough is a grand error of judgment. Remember the Taylor days when Bertie Mee was bought in as a football person and used his wide scouting networks to give us our glory days. andyhooked
  • Score: -43

4:05pm Tue 18 Feb 14

dwlwan says...

@andyhooked

Where have you been the last year and a half? This has always been the case from day one when Zola, Nani and Duxbury arrived.

And you hope he's a stop-gap manager because you rate him? That makes no sense.
@andyhooked Where have you been the last year and a half? This has always been the case from day one when Zola, Nani and Duxbury arrived. And you hope he's a stop-gap manager because you rate him? That makes no sense. dwlwan
  • Score: 27

4:35pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Is it me or is andyhooked sounding a bit confused? We all know what the situation is and have done for a long while now. The situation is what it is. Beppe is doing a fine job, turning things around and grinding out results. We almost need to forget the incredible football we played last season and accept the new situation and new style of play.

HC
Is it me or is andyhooked sounding a bit confused? We all know what the situation is and have done for a long while now. The situation is what it is. Beppe is doing a fine job, turning things around and grinding out results. We almost need to forget the incredible football we played last season and accept the new situation and new style of play. HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 9

4:53pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Prpwfc says...

andyhooked wrote:
Now the truth is out, and what we thought is the case. The manager has little say in the matter but Nani decides who is in the squad and whom we import. Not at all happy with this. Sannino has stabilised the ship but what chance of forward planning? I hope that Sannino is a stop-gap manager as I do think and feel that he can take us beyond an average side with his tactics and team changes, injuries aside. If a manager does not have the ability to send out a scouting team to find what is available in England and the UK how the heck should Nani decide on whom we import and sell! The sale of Britt to Peterborough is a grand error of judgment. Remember the Taylor days when Bertie Mee was bought in as a football person and used his wide scouting networks to give us our glory days.
KNOB !!! U haven't A Clue How Football is run now
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Now the truth is out, and what we thought is the case. The manager has little say in the matter but Nani decides who is in the squad and whom we import. Not at all happy with this. Sannino has stabilised the ship but what chance of forward planning? I hope that Sannino is a stop-gap manager as I do think and feel that he can take us beyond an average side with his tactics and team changes, injuries aside. If a manager does not have the ability to send out a scouting team to find what is available in England and the UK how the heck should Nani decide on whom we import and sell! The sale of Britt to Peterborough is a grand error of judgment. Remember the Taylor days when Bertie Mee was bought in as a football person and used his wide scouting networks to give us our glory days.[/p][/quote]KNOB !!! U haven't A Clue How Football is run now Prpwfc
  • Score: -6

5:03pm Tue 18 Feb 14

andyhooked says...

I am not at all confused. I have been in the same place that you have been in. Sannino has just made for a steady ship after Zola, bless him, lost the plot after a brilliant season last time around. What I am trying to say is that with all the imports, and the likes of Iriney and quite a few others that have not been capable of playing in the Championship and that is why thay have gone back to Italy or elsewhere both to keep the wage bill down and so we can get even more players on loan that can not make the grade with their home club. My question is that if Sannino and his staff have no experience of the Championship, and we no longer have a decent scouting network, how do we move onwards and upwards without players that know the league? The likes of Abdi, Vydra, Casetti and now Angella have made the grade but others including loanees have been dire.
I am not at all confused. I have been in the same place that you have been in. Sannino has just made for a steady ship after Zola, bless him, lost the plot after a brilliant season last time around. What I am trying to say is that with all the imports, and the likes of Iriney and quite a few others that have not been capable of playing in the Championship and that is why thay have gone back to Italy or elsewhere both to keep the wage bill down and so we can get even more players on loan that can not make the grade with their home club. My question is that if Sannino and his staff have no experience of the Championship, and we no longer have a decent scouting network, how do we move onwards and upwards without players that know the league? The likes of Abdi, Vydra, Casetti and now Angella have made the grade but others including loanees have been dire. andyhooked
  • Score: -13

5:23pm Tue 18 Feb 14

stevyweavy says...

andyhooked wrote:
I am not at all confused. I have been in the same place that you have been in. Sannino has just made for a steady ship after Zola, bless him, lost the plot after a brilliant season last time around. What I am trying to say is that with all the imports, and the likes of Iriney and quite a few others that have not been capable of playing in the Championship and that is why thay have gone back to Italy or elsewhere both to keep the wage bill down and so we can get even more players on loan that can not make the grade with their home club. My question is that if Sannino and his staff have no experience of the Championship, and we no longer have a decent scouting network, how do we move onwards and upwards without players that know the league? The likes of Abdi, Vydra, Casetti and now Angella have made the grade but others including loanees have been dire.
Just out of interest why don't you name us all the foreign club loan players we have at the club at the moment as I am only aware of two foreign club loan players on our books at the moment - Tozser & Merkel. Tozser has been outstanding and whilst Merkel has yet to show us his class he is very highly rated.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: I am not at all confused. I have been in the same place that you have been in. Sannino has just made for a steady ship after Zola, bless him, lost the plot after a brilliant season last time around. What I am trying to say is that with all the imports, and the likes of Iriney and quite a few others that have not been capable of playing in the Championship and that is why thay have gone back to Italy or elsewhere both to keep the wage bill down and so we can get even more players on loan that can not make the grade with their home club. My question is that if Sannino and his staff have no experience of the Championship, and we no longer have a decent scouting network, how do we move onwards and upwards without players that know the league? The likes of Abdi, Vydra, Casetti and now Angella have made the grade but others including loanees have been dire.[/p][/quote]Just out of interest why don't you name us all the foreign club loan players we have at the club at the moment as I am only aware of two foreign club loan players on our books at the moment - Tozser & Merkel. Tozser has been outstanding and whilst Merkel has yet to show us his class he is very highly rated. stevyweavy
  • Score: 7

5:23pm Tue 18 Feb 14

mkhornet says...

andyhooked wrote:
I am not at all confused. I have been in the same place that you have been in. Sannino has just made for a steady ship after Zola, bless him, lost the plot after a brilliant season last time around. What I am trying to say is that with all the imports, and the likes of Iriney and quite a few others that have not been capable of playing in the Championship and that is why thay have gone back to Italy or elsewhere both to keep the wage bill down and so we can get even more players on loan that can not make the grade with their home club. My question is that if Sannino and his staff have no experience of the Championship, and we no longer have a decent scouting network, how do we move onwards and upwards without players that know the league? The likes of Abdi, Vydra, Casetti and now Angella have made the grade but others including loanees have been dire.
The others have been dire? Bit of an insult to Anya, Eckstrand, Tozser, Forrestieri, Battochio all have whom have been good signings. It's very easy to reel off Nani's mistakes but there have been lots of successes as well. As for not having a decent scouting network Tozser has just been signed and he looks pretty decent to me. Just because Sannino doesn't go out and "chase" players doesn't mean he doesn't understand the Championship. As Zola said previously "I tell Nani the type of players that I need and he then gives me 4 or 5 different players to choose from" that seems perfectly reasonable to me and is the way Sannino is used to working. Most of the clubs below us in the league operate the "English" way with the manager handling all transfer business so it's not a panacea for success!!
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: I am not at all confused. I have been in the same place that you have been in. Sannino has just made for a steady ship after Zola, bless him, lost the plot after a brilliant season last time around. What I am trying to say is that with all the imports, and the likes of Iriney and quite a few others that have not been capable of playing in the Championship and that is why thay have gone back to Italy or elsewhere both to keep the wage bill down and so we can get even more players on loan that can not make the grade with their home club. My question is that if Sannino and his staff have no experience of the Championship, and we no longer have a decent scouting network, how do we move onwards and upwards without players that know the league? The likes of Abdi, Vydra, Casetti and now Angella have made the grade but others including loanees have been dire.[/p][/quote]The others have been dire? Bit of an insult to Anya, Eckstrand, Tozser, Forrestieri, Battochio all have whom have been good signings. It's very easy to reel off Nani's mistakes but there have been lots of successes as well. As for not having a decent scouting network Tozser has just been signed and he looks pretty decent to me. Just because Sannino doesn't go out and "chase" players doesn't mean he doesn't understand the Championship. As Zola said previously "I tell Nani the type of players that I need and he then gives me 4 or 5 different players to choose from" that seems perfectly reasonable to me and is the way Sannino is used to working. Most of the clubs below us in the league operate the "English" way with the manager handling all transfer business so it's not a panacea for success!! mkhornet
  • Score: 12

5:52pm Tue 18 Feb 14

andyhooked says...

I gave examples not a full list. of successful players. I am just trying to make the point that some of the recent guys have been dire. Remember some of the dire stuff that Viali bought in? Some good and some very good but some just dire that went away with a suitcase of money
I gave examples not a full list. of successful players. I am just trying to make the point that some of the recent guys have been dire. Remember some of the dire stuff that Viali bought in? Some good and some very good but some just dire that went away with a suitcase of money andyhooked
  • Score: -8

5:52pm Tue 18 Feb 14

peter10531089 says...

andyhooked wrote:
I am not at all confused. I have been in the same place that you have been in. Sannino has just made for a steady ship after Zola, bless him, lost the plot after a brilliant season last time around. What I am trying to say is that with all the imports, and the likes of Iriney and quite a few others that have not been capable of playing in the Championship and that is why thay have gone back to Italy or elsewhere both to keep the wage bill down and so we can get even more players on loan that can not make the grade with their home club. My question is that if Sannino and his staff have no experience of the Championship, and we no longer have a decent scouting network, how do we move onwards and upwards without players that know the league? The likes of Abdi, Vydra, Casetti and now Angella have made the grade but others including loanees have been dire.
English Managers with their own scouting networks signed Jamie Moralee, Roger Harry Willis, Steve Butler, Trevor Senior, Kerry Dixon, Perry Digweed etc... my point is that the English methodology is not flawless either. The Pozzo model has allowed us to sign some wonderful players but people on here are always going to complain about something - after all this is football and we all enjoy a good whinge....but be honest how bad was Roger Willis? If there has been a worse Watford player it can only be Mickey Quinn!
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: I am not at all confused. I have been in the same place that you have been in. Sannino has just made for a steady ship after Zola, bless him, lost the plot after a brilliant season last time around. What I am trying to say is that with all the imports, and the likes of Iriney and quite a few others that have not been capable of playing in the Championship and that is why thay have gone back to Italy or elsewhere both to keep the wage bill down and so we can get even more players on loan that can not make the grade with their home club. My question is that if Sannino and his staff have no experience of the Championship, and we no longer have a decent scouting network, how do we move onwards and upwards without players that know the league? The likes of Abdi, Vydra, Casetti and now Angella have made the grade but others including loanees have been dire.[/p][/quote]English Managers with their own scouting networks signed Jamie Moralee, Roger Harry Willis, Steve Butler, Trevor Senior, Kerry Dixon, Perry Digweed etc... my point is that the English methodology is not flawless either. The Pozzo model has allowed us to sign some wonderful players but people on here are always going to complain about something - after all this is football and we all enjoy a good whinge....but be honest how bad was Roger Willis? If there has been a worse Watford player it can only be Mickey Quinn! peter10531089
  • Score: 10

9:21am Thu 20 Feb 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

andyhooked wrote:
Now the truth is out, and what we thought is the case. The manager has little say in the matter but Nani decides who is in the squad and whom we import. Not at all happy with this. Sannino has stabilised the ship but what chance of forward planning? I hope that Sannino is a stop-gap manager as I do think and feel that he can take us beyond an average side with his tactics and team changes, injuries aside. If a manager does not have the ability to send out a scouting team to find what is available in England and the UK how the heck should Nani decide on whom we import and sell! The sale of Britt to Peterborough is a grand error of judgment. Remember the Taylor days when Bertie Mee was bought in as a football person and used his wide scouting networks to give us our glory days.
Very wrong about Bertie Mee I am afraid.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Now the truth is out, and what we thought is the case. The manager has little say in the matter but Nani decides who is in the squad and whom we import. Not at all happy with this. Sannino has stabilised the ship but what chance of forward planning? I hope that Sannino is a stop-gap manager as I do think and feel that he can take us beyond an average side with his tactics and team changes, injuries aside. If a manager does not have the ability to send out a scouting team to find what is available in England and the UK how the heck should Nani decide on whom we import and sell! The sale of Britt to Peterborough is a grand error of judgment. Remember the Taylor days when Bertie Mee was bought in as a football person and used his wide scouting networks to give us our glory days.[/p][/quote]Very wrong about Bertie Mee I am afraid. Goldenboy1960
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