AUDIO: Sannino questions Watford players' passion and states pride and courage are needed

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Beppe Sannino has questioned whether the Watford players are showing enough passion.

The Hornets head coach also stressed being good technically is not enough and stated the squad need to show pride and courage when playing for the club.

He was speaking last night after the 3-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic, three days after he had questioned his players' commitment following a woeful showing at Derby County.

Sannino had said on Monday that the final two matches of the season would be "exams" for the squad and he would have an eye on which players deserved to be in the squad next season.

But whilst yesterday's display was a marginal improvement on the weekend, they were outplayed for most of the match by strugglers Charlton.

The Hornets' slim play-off hopes ended at the weekend whereas The Addicks needed victory to secure their Championship status, and Sannino was asked if he thought that was evident based on the two sides' respective displays.

"I am sorry no; because with me [in charge] that should never happen," Sannino said. "We need to have respect for the people behind the goal and in the stands. You must wear the shirt in the best way possible in every game even if we do not have any targets to achieve."

Sannino is a passionate man and that is evident on the touchline. A player's desire to succeed is often harder to assess from the stands.

The Golden Boys boss was asked if he believes the Hornets players shared his passion based on the last two performances.

"I have respect for my players but what we have done, if you look at the results, isn’t good enough. We have to work," Sannino responded.

After not answering the question directly, he was asked again.

"It is obvious this season we have had a different run at home compared to away. Then we had another problem of conceding goals in the last minutes of games.

"Because I am a demanding guy and I wanted to find a solution, I put my faith in the group every time. But it is important that I give a message: that is that we cannot forget easily that there are people travelling on long journeys and they want to see a club, myself and the team, play away from home with the same desire and the same approach.

"It is not only about quality in football, you need pride and courage and sometimes when you lose a game, you have to be sad. You have to remember this the day after, and again the day after. You don’t forget.

"This is the kind of team that I would like to have; a team that can repay the effort of the club and the supporters.

"Because I am responsible and I am leading the group, I am demanding more effort."

Watford's head of medical Marco Cesarini acts as Sannino's translator and asked if the response answered the question.

When it was met with a reply of "sort of", Sannino went on to add: "The answer [the question] you should give from your point of view is if you see the same passion from the players on the pitch."

He added: "You see the passion on the touchline and you should be able to see the same passion from the team."

Sannino cancelled the Watford players’ day off today and stated the club needs to "build a team for next season with a different DNA".

Read more of his comments from the press conference by clicking this link.

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3:34pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Dutch Hornet says...

Communication is key whether it is Mr Sannino's inability to speak english or the players not being able to understand english - is everything 100% clear to everyone in the changing room? What is the language of the changing room?
Communication is key whether it is Mr Sannino's inability to speak english or the players not being able to understand english - is everything 100% clear to everyone in the changing room? What is the language of the changing room? Dutch Hornet
  • Score: 2

3:43pm Wed 30 Apr 14

andyhooked says...

Should Beppe get the job, then stop the rubbish loans via our saviour owners. There should be a big turn over this summer not just the loan players but some, like Marco, whom has now become more of a liability than an asset given his disciplinary record. We also need a top class keeper. Manu can be brilliant but then very poor and now seems to be prone to injuries. Beppe's passion is great and the thought of getting players with "a different DNA" is spot on. My worry is that will Troy be tempted away. After a slow start at WFC he has now become our greatest asset as a player.
Should Beppe get the job, then stop the rubbish loans via our saviour owners. There should be a big turn over this summer not just the loan players but some, like Marco, whom has now become more of a liability than an asset given his disciplinary record. We also need a top class keeper. Manu can be brilliant but then very poor and now seems to be prone to injuries. Beppe's passion is great and the thought of getting players with "a different DNA" is spot on. My worry is that will Troy be tempted away. After a slow start at WFC he has now become our greatest asset as a player. andyhooked
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Wed 30 Apr 14

LoveKeithDublin says...

Dutch Hornet wrote:
Communication is key whether it is Mr Sannino's inability to speak english or the players not being able to understand english - is everything 100% clear to everyone in the changing room? What is the language of the changing room?
A good point. No matter how passionate Sannino is, if instructions and encouragement can't be understood by the players then the impact is lost.

Likewise on the pitch - Deeney and Fitz say the players can't understand Almunia's teamtalks - they just say 'eh... ok' and walk off to get on with the game - http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=aMneH2fLe
lY

Hardly inspiring - no wonder we lack fight.
[quote][p][bold]Dutch Hornet[/bold] wrote: Communication is key whether it is Mr Sannino's inability to speak english or the players not being able to understand english - is everything 100% clear to everyone in the changing room? What is the language of the changing room?[/p][/quote]A good point. No matter how passionate Sannino is, if instructions and encouragement can't be understood by the players then the impact is lost. Likewise on the pitch - Deeney and Fitz say the players can't understand Almunia's teamtalks - they just say 'eh... ok' and walk off to get on with the game - http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=aMneH2fLe lY Hardly inspiring - no wonder we lack fight. LoveKeithDublin
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Wed 30 Apr 14

MJ1 says...

The coach may have passion but what is missing is leadership on the pitch. Since Eustace was transferred to Derby and payed a key role this season, we have had no leader. Language and culture must play a part with the Sannino team not speaking english and their having had no experience of the english game. GFZ at least understood both. Thats why Di Matteo would be a better choice as coach were he available?
The coach may have passion but what is missing is leadership on the pitch. Since Eustace was transferred to Derby and payed a key role this season, we have had no leader. Language and culture must play a part with the Sannino team not speaking english and their having had no experience of the english game. GFZ at least understood both. Thats why Di Matteo would be a better choice as coach were he available? MJ1
  • Score: 10

4:54pm Wed 30 Apr 14

andyhooked says...

The guy that does have fight MJ1 is Troy. All over the pitch, as is FF when fit and available. What we do not know is whether or not Troy is a true leader in training or in the dressing room. I do agree with you though. A team leader or a club captain is essential but langauge must be a barrier. Abdi can speak 4 languages but is Almen a natural leader?
The guy that does have fight MJ1 is Troy. All over the pitch, as is FF when fit and available. What we do not know is whether or not Troy is a true leader in training or in the dressing room. I do agree with you though. A team leader or a club captain is essential but langauge must be a barrier. Abdi can speak 4 languages but is Almen a natural leader? andyhooked
  • Score: 2

5:18pm Wed 30 Apr 14

mellow yellow says...

andyhooked wrote:
The guy that does have fight MJ1 is Troy. All over the pitch, as is FF when fit and available. What we do not know is whether or not Troy is a true leader in training or in the dressing room. I do agree with you though. A team leader or a club captain is essential but langauge must be a barrier. Abdi can speak 4 languages but is Almen a natural leader?
No idea, but he's in one if the best positions to captain from, isn't he?!
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: The guy that does have fight MJ1 is Troy. All over the pitch, as is FF when fit and available. What we do not know is whether or not Troy is a true leader in training or in the dressing room. I do agree with you though. A team leader or a club captain is essential but langauge must be a barrier. Abdi can speak 4 languages but is Almen a natural leader?[/p][/quote]No idea, but he's in one if the best positions to captain from, isn't he?! mellow yellow
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Wed 30 Apr 14

lockerbiehornet says...

I'd question whether Beppe's get what it takes to get us to the EPL, 11th when he took over and the best we can finish is 12th. Time to get a Paul Jewell/Nigel Clough type manager , who knows the C'ship and has an eye for an English player
I'd question whether Beppe's get what it takes to get us to the EPL, 11th when he took over and the best we can finish is 12th. Time to get a Paul Jewell/Nigel Clough type manager , who knows the C'ship and has an eye for an English player lockerbiehornet
  • Score: -7

5:47pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

I'm getting irritated with all this BS criticism of players and cancelling days off and telling us fans how wonderful we are and how we deserve better. It smacks of "its not my fault give me a chance next season". It's his job to motivate and organise the players, not stroke our egos and apologise for abject performances.
15 wins, 15 draws, 15 defeats we are the definition of average at the moment and its difficult to see how next season will be better with the same manager and without Troy.
I'm getting irritated with all this BS criticism of players and cancelling days off and telling us fans how wonderful we are and how we deserve better. It smacks of "its not my fault give me a chance next season". It's his job to motivate and organise the players, not stroke our egos and apologise for abject performances. 15 wins, 15 draws, 15 defeats we are the definition of average at the moment and its difficult to see how next season will be better with the same manager and without Troy. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 11

6:05pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Hornankey says...

Sounds like Beppe is lining up excuses for his exit. He brought some stability but is not the answer. We have good, skilled players. The away record is an indicator of the lack of motivation, spirit and fight. I hope that we can persuade Deeney and Tozser to stay and build the team around them, Angella, Abdi and Anya. They deserve to play in better company. After next season I think that we will have a much better idea of the Pozzo's objectives for the club. They have made great strides off the pitch - let's see how committed they are on it.
Sounds like Beppe is lining up excuses for his exit. He brought some stability but is not the answer. We have good, skilled players. The away record is an indicator of the lack of motivation, spirit and fight. I hope that we can persuade Deeney and Tozser to stay and build the team around them, Angella, Abdi and Anya. They deserve to play in better company. After next season I think that we will have a much better idea of the Pozzo's objectives for the club. They have made great strides off the pitch - let's see how committed they are on it. Hornankey
  • Score: 4

6:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

allgood says...

Hard to believe this squad will finish lower than two seasons ago. A squad that contained Iwelumo, Garner, Dickinson and Yeates to name a few.
Hard to believe this squad will finish lower than two seasons ago. A squad that contained Iwelumo, Garner, Dickinson and Yeates to name a few. allgood
  • Score: 13

7:07pm Wed 30 Apr 14

SAHornet says...

allgood wrote:
Hard to believe this squad will finish lower than two seasons ago. A squad that contained Iwelumo, Garner, Dickinson and Yeates to name a few.
Ouch, that puts things in context. Plus a rookie manager and crook of an owner at the time.
[quote][p][bold]allgood[/bold] wrote: Hard to believe this squad will finish lower than two seasons ago. A squad that contained Iwelumo, Garner, Dickinson and Yeates to name a few.[/p][/quote]Ouch, that puts things in context. Plus a rookie manager and crook of an owner at the time. SAHornet
  • Score: 13

11:45pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Woodley hornet says...

andyhooked wrote:
Should Beppe get the job, then stop the rubbish loans via our saviour owners. There should be a big turn over this summer not just the loan players but some, like Marco, whom has now become more of a liability than an asset given his disciplinary record. We also need a top class keeper. Manu can be brilliant but then very poor and now seems to be prone to injuries. Beppe's passion is great and the thought of getting players with "a different DNA" is spot on. My worry is that will Troy be tempted away. After a slow start at WFC he has now become our greatest asset as a player.
Well said andyhooked Are saviour owners some of are fellow fans need to remember this yes things need sorting at least were not like the rubbish in Bedfordshire ON WARDS AND UPWARDS UUU HORNS
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Should Beppe get the job, then stop the rubbish loans via our saviour owners. There should be a big turn over this summer not just the loan players but some, like Marco, whom has now become more of a liability than an asset given his disciplinary record. We also need a top class keeper. Manu can be brilliant but then very poor and now seems to be prone to injuries. Beppe's passion is great and the thought of getting players with "a different DNA" is spot on. My worry is that will Troy be tempted away. After a slow start at WFC he has now become our greatest asset as a player.[/p][/quote]Well said andyhooked Are saviour owners some of are fellow fans need to remember this yes things need sorting at least were not like the rubbish in Bedfordshire ON WARDS AND UPWARDS UUU HORNS Woodley hornet
  • Score: -3

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