Beppe Sannino says Watford risk throwing away the positive aspects of the season if they fail to produce a morale-boosting display against Huddersfield Town

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Beppe Sannino admitted Watford risk throwing away the positive aspects from this season if they fail to end their Championship campaign with an uplifting display against Huddersfield Town tomorrow.

The Hornets head coach said he had wanted to use their final games as a foundation to build towards next season but stressed the need to perform well against the Terriers after two poor showings.

Sannino hoped his side would be able to replicate the performance they produced against Queens Park Rangers last month – a display he deemed the best of his reign despite the Hoops ending 2-1 victors.

However, it was a result which has led to a run of three consecutive losses. After a woeful 4-2 defeat at Derby County on Saturday Sannino questioned his side’s commitment.

And after Watford were beaten 3-1 at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday, the Italian was left doubting the Golden Boys’ passion. 

“The following two defeats after the QPR game have messed up the good picture that we had,” he explained. “Now we have a final chance to try to perform like we did at QPR.

“We want to give the same joy to the crowd. In football it is very easy to throw away all the positives from the season in the last two or three matches.”

The head coach added: “It is not the position in the table I am looking at. I am looking at the positives since I arrived and also at the things that were negative.

“This part of the season for me should be a foundation to start next season strongly. We want to try to avoid having the same season we’ve had this year.”

Sannino expects an entertaining contest at Vicarage Road despite both sides having little to play for.

He said he is aware of Huddersfield’s strengths and weaknesses but anticipates an open match as “in England, even if there is no target to achieve it is still a good game to watch”.

The Hornets players and staff will take part in the annual lap of honour after tomorrow’s game to thank the Watford fans for their support.

It will be a new experience for Sannino who said it is an English tradition which is not replicated in his native Italy.

“It is not like this in Italy,” he admitted. “If you achieve promotion or escape relegation you will have something like that.

“It’s not the same though. What I’ve seen in England has been fantastic. In my mind I’ve got Yeovil Town losing away at Brighton, a defeat that meant they were relegated.

“It was so emotional and the Yeovil supporters that had made the journey were clapping the players and the manager. This is an indication of the respect and passion there is here in England between the fans and the club.”

Sannino added: “I want to say thank you to the supporters, so this is the right moment to appreciate them and repay them.

“But I know it is not good enough for all the effort they’ve shown travelling away from home and following the team.”

With the pressure of reaching the play-offs no longer on the Hornets boss, he was asked if he would be able to relax and enjoy the final game of the season.

He gestured as if on the touchline and said: “In my entire career as a manager I’ve been the same. Whether it is coaching children, adults or players I do not sit on the bench. I am always the same, I am Beppe Sannino.”

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2:45pm Fri 2 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Can't argue with the Bepster but unfortunately there are a number of negatives that we also cannot ignore. We need to get rid of Nani, get someone in that knows what they're actually doing, then give Bepster til Xmas to see what he can do.

HC
Can't argue with the Bepster but unfortunately there are a number of negatives that we also cannot ignore. We need to get rid of Nani, get someone in that knows what they're actually doing, then give Bepster til Xmas to see what he can do. HC Hornet Cornet
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2:55pm Fri 2 May 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

throw away what positives ?? Would be good to end with a win but there are precious few positives at risk of being lost tomorrow.
throw away what positives ?? Would be good to end with a win but there are precious few positives at risk of being lost tomorrow. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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3:19pm Fri 2 May 14

Hornankey says...

Beppe, it's your job to motivate the players.............
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Beppe, it's your job to motivate the players............. ..... Hornankey
  • Score: 11

4:45pm Fri 2 May 14

rousman 2 says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
throw away what positives ?? Would be good to end with a win but there are precious few positives at risk of being lost tomorrow.
There is one positive the Team/Squad has under performed for large parts of the season. Who's fault ??
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: throw away what positives ?? Would be good to end with a win but there are precious few positives at risk of being lost tomorrow.[/p][/quote]There is one positive the Team/Squad has under performed for large parts of the season. Who's fault ?? rousman 2
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5:04pm Fri 2 May 14

andyhooked says...

40% possitives 60% negatives. On the up side Beppe stabilised games at home. On the down side awful away form and rubbish loans. I tend to agree, if Nani is responsible for bringing in the rubbish then he should go and if we keep Beppe then get in an general manager that knows the Chamiosnship. The Pozzo model worked last season but not this season. The question is where does the blame lie for under performing? Zola could not turn things around after losing the play off at Wembley . LET'S GET IT RIGHT FOR NEXT SEASON WITH OR WITHOUT NANI OR EVEN BEPPE COS A MANAGER THAT CAN NOT INSPIRE AND COMMUNICATE AND DEPENDS ON ALEC TO TALK TO THE MEDIA IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
40% possitives 60% negatives. On the up side Beppe stabilised games at home. On the down side awful away form and rubbish loans. I tend to agree, if Nani is responsible for bringing in the rubbish then he should go and if we keep Beppe then get in an general manager that knows the Chamiosnship. The Pozzo model worked last season but not this season. The question is where does the blame lie for under performing? Zola could not turn things around after losing the play off at Wembley . LET'S GET IT RIGHT FOR NEXT SEASON WITH OR WITHOUT NANI OR EVEN BEPPE COS A MANAGER THAT CAN NOT INSPIRE AND COMMUNICATE AND DEPENDS ON ALEC TO TALK TO THE MEDIA IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH! andyhooked
  • Score: 9

6:59pm Fri 2 May 14

harrowboy says...

I was very apprehensive when Beppe arrived but I think he has done a good job and deserves to stay on. Most people are very critical of Nani - probably rightly so - but we are not privy to what is going on in the Boardroom.
If we had won our last 4 games there is a good chance we would have made the playoffs despite conceding all those goals in the last 10 minutes of games. Have faith guys we are not that far away and a couple of good signings in the summer could see us do a Leicester. One of those signings would be Toszer! With him & Abdi available for a whole season I think we could overcome the loss of Troy - if indeed he goes.
I was very apprehensive when Beppe arrived but I think he has done a good job and deserves to stay on. Most people are very critical of Nani - probably rightly so - but we are not privy to what is going on in the Boardroom. If we had won our last 4 games there is a good chance we would have made the playoffs despite conceding all those goals in the last 10 minutes of games. Have faith guys we are not that far away and a couple of good signings in the summer could see us do a Leicester. One of those signings would be Toszer! With him & Abdi available for a whole season I think we could overcome the loss of Troy - if indeed he goes. harrowboy
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11:23pm Fri 2 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Can't argue with the Bepster but unfortunately there are a number of negatives that we also cannot ignore. We need to get rid of Nani, get someone in that knows what they're actually doing, then give Bepster til Xmas to see what he can do.

HC
Come on you dongleberries, -10 for a truly wonderful post by me. I don't know, you just can't please some people....
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Can't argue with the Bepster but unfortunately there are a number of negatives that we also cannot ignore. We need to get rid of Nani, get someone in that knows what they're actually doing, then give Bepster til Xmas to see what he can do. HC[/p][/quote]Come on you dongleberries, -10 for a truly wonderful post by me. I don't know, you just can't please some people.... Hornet Cornet
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12:18am Sat 3 May 14

Woodley hornet says...

Tim Sherwood for the horns next manager ????
Tim Sherwood for the horns next manager ???? Woodley hornet
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8:06am Sat 3 May 14

corbindallas says...

Is Beppe the problem, I am not sure, what I am sure about is we have had some dire recruitment solutions which has meant we have suffered in key areas, as pointed out yet again we missed out on a play off place because of some awful last minute goals and therefore when pressure is on we have a squad that cannot cope and needs addressing if we look at some positions which we have not before then it is clear we need to stabilise the back starting with keeper, Almunia is not our 1st choice for next year and Bond is not ready and needs the chance to have a loan out to another club for some much needed game time, we have to get in 2 more defenders both looked at as first team and we need to keep hold of players liker Deeney and Toz and build a team around them. It will be very interesting to see what and who does come in this season as it will show the metal of the Pozzos ambition for the club as expectations are now high for us fans with their resources we are no longer content with a mid table team but want a Prem team and to that end my biggest critic has and will always be whilst he is at the club and that is Nani!
Is Beppe the problem, I am not sure, what I am sure about is we have had some dire recruitment solutions which has meant we have suffered in key areas, as pointed out yet again we missed out on a play off place because of some awful last minute goals and therefore when pressure is on we have a squad that cannot cope and needs addressing if we look at some positions which we have not before then it is clear we need to stabilise the back starting with keeper, Almunia is not our 1st choice for next year and Bond is not ready and needs the chance to have a loan out to another club for some much needed game time, we have to get in 2 more defenders both looked at as first team and we need to keep hold of players liker Deeney and Toz and build a team around them. It will be very interesting to see what and who does come in this season as it will show the metal of the Pozzos ambition for the club as expectations are now high for us fans with their resources we are no longer content with a mid table team but want a Prem team and to that end my biggest critic has and will always be whilst he is at the club and that is Nani! corbindallas
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9:28am Sat 3 May 14

SAHornet says...

corbindallas wrote:
Is Beppe the problem, I am not sure, what I am sure about is we have had some dire recruitment solutions which has meant we have suffered in key areas, as pointed out yet again we missed out on a play off place because of some awful last minute goals and therefore when pressure is on we have a squad that cannot cope and needs addressing if we look at some positions which we have not before then it is clear we need to stabilise the back starting with keeper, Almunia is not our 1st choice for next year and Bond is not ready and needs the chance to have a loan out to another club for some much needed game time, we have to get in 2 more defenders both looked at as first team and we need to keep hold of players liker Deeney and Toz and build a team around them. It will be very interesting to see what and who does come in this season as it will show the metal of the Pozzos ambition for the club as expectations are now high for us fans with their resources we are no longer content with a mid table team but want a Prem team and to that end my biggest critic has and will always be whilst he is at the club and that is Nani!
Yes to all that, ESPECIALLY NANI OUT bit, except perhaps Bondy. Got a feeling that a good pre-season might elevate him up to No. 1 status. Can't see us hanging on to Deeney tho. Midfielder as captain (Tozser or Abdi). 1 quality keeper, 2 quality defenders and 2 quality strikers that can work together. Apart from that, it's all sorted - quiet summer then :-)
[quote][p][bold]corbindallas[/bold] wrote: Is Beppe the problem, I am not sure, what I am sure about is we have had some dire recruitment solutions which has meant we have suffered in key areas, as pointed out yet again we missed out on a play off place because of some awful last minute goals and therefore when pressure is on we have a squad that cannot cope and needs addressing if we look at some positions which we have not before then it is clear we need to stabilise the back starting with keeper, Almunia is not our 1st choice for next year and Bond is not ready and needs the chance to have a loan out to another club for some much needed game time, we have to get in 2 more defenders both looked at as first team and we need to keep hold of players liker Deeney and Toz and build a team around them. It will be very interesting to see what and who does come in this season as it will show the metal of the Pozzos ambition for the club as expectations are now high for us fans with their resources we are no longer content with a mid table team but want a Prem team and to that end my biggest critic has and will always be whilst he is at the club and that is Nani![/p][/quote]Yes to all that, ESPECIALLY NANI OUT bit, except perhaps Bondy. Got a feeling that a good pre-season might elevate him up to No. 1 status. Can't see us hanging on to Deeney tho. Midfielder as captain (Tozser or Abdi). 1 quality keeper, 2 quality defenders and 2 quality strikers that can work together. Apart from that, it's all sorted - quiet summer then :-) SAHornet
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9:52am Sat 3 May 14

rousman 2 says...

SAHornet wrote:
corbindallas wrote:
Is Beppe the problem, I am not sure, what I am sure about is we have had some dire recruitment solutions which has meant we have suffered in key areas, as pointed out yet again we missed out on a play off place because of some awful last minute goals and therefore when pressure is on we have a squad that cannot cope and needs addressing if we look at some positions which we have not before then it is clear we need to stabilise the back starting with keeper, Almunia is not our 1st choice for next year and Bond is not ready and needs the chance to have a loan out to another club for some much needed game time, we have to get in 2 more defenders both looked at as first team and we need to keep hold of players liker Deeney and Toz and build a team around them. It will be very interesting to see what and who does come in this season as it will show the metal of the Pozzos ambition for the club as expectations are now high for us fans with their resources we are no longer content with a mid table team but want a Prem team and to that end my biggest critic has and will always be whilst he is at the club and that is Nani!
Yes to all that, ESPECIALLY NANI OUT bit, except perhaps Bondy. Got a feeling that a good pre-season might elevate him up to No. 1 status. Can't see us hanging on to Deeney tho. Midfielder as captain (Tozser or Abdi). 1 quality keeper, 2 quality defenders and 2 quality strikers that can work together. Apart from that, it's all sorted - quiet summer then :-)
If Deeney goes where are the goals coming from ?
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]corbindallas[/bold] wrote: Is Beppe the problem, I am not sure, what I am sure about is we have had some dire recruitment solutions which has meant we have suffered in key areas, as pointed out yet again we missed out on a play off place because of some awful last minute goals and therefore when pressure is on we have a squad that cannot cope and needs addressing if we look at some positions which we have not before then it is clear we need to stabilise the back starting with keeper, Almunia is not our 1st choice for next year and Bond is not ready and needs the chance to have a loan out to another club for some much needed game time, we have to get in 2 more defenders both looked at as first team and we need to keep hold of players liker Deeney and Toz and build a team around them. It will be very interesting to see what and who does come in this season as it will show the metal of the Pozzos ambition for the club as expectations are now high for us fans with their resources we are no longer content with a mid table team but want a Prem team and to that end my biggest critic has and will always be whilst he is at the club and that is Nani![/p][/quote]Yes to all that, ESPECIALLY NANI OUT bit, except perhaps Bondy. Got a feeling that a good pre-season might elevate him up to No. 1 status. Can't see us hanging on to Deeney tho. Midfielder as captain (Tozser or Abdi). 1 quality keeper, 2 quality defenders and 2 quality strikers that can work together. Apart from that, it's all sorted - quiet summer then :-)[/p][/quote]If Deeney goes where are the goals coming from ? rousman 2
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