Beppe Sannino says Watford's dressing room is united but admits the Hornets lacked leaders on the pitch at time this season

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Picture: Holly Cant

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Beppe Sannino insists the Watford dressing room is united but admits the side did lack leadership on the pitch during certain parts of the season.

The Hornets’ Championship campaign was one of contrasts. Their home form under Sannino was impressive but they struggled away from Vicarage Road and ended the season with only four league victories on the road.

However, Watford remained in the play-off chase until a 2-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers ended their hopes with three matches remaining.

What followed were three abject performances against Derby County, Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town.

Sannino questioned his side’s passion and commitment. Supporters questioned whether the Italian still had the backing of his players.

“I believe it’s a united dressing room,” Sannino said last week as he reflected on his first season in English football. “The problem is not the unity because this group is a motivated group and a group that wants to work.

“Imagine that, in the last ten days of the season, we were able to get one win. These sorts of questions wouldn’t then be asked.

“The way we finished the season meant that it was judged differently.”

Watford ended the campaign in 13th place in the Championship and 12 points off the play-off positions.

While the four defeats at the end of the season will be highlighted, the primary reason the Hornets missed out on a top-six place was their tendency to concede goals in the final stages of matches.

Sannino believes that, in part, was down to a lack of experience and leadership amongst the Watford side. He explained: “I think if you have a big squad with different players and different personalities, this can help the younger players.

“What I am looking for is a squad to have leadership, not just from certain players.

“If you are an experienced player it doesn’t mean you have a big personality, I believe that is something you are born with.

“I think in certain parts of the season and in some games it could have helped. We could have done better and managed situations better on the pitch.

“But you can’t buy that kind of personality, it’s something you either have or you don’t.”

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9:32am Fri 16 May 14

Poppet Bear says...

But you can buy someone who has got it already !!!
But you can buy someone who has got it already !!! Poppet Bear
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9:46am Fri 16 May 14

watford1881 says...

He believes it united?? Shouldn't he know???
He believes it united?? Shouldn't he know??? watford1881
  • Score: -6

10:29am Fri 16 May 14

endean2 says...

to say anything to the contrary would be the final death knell for him.
WHY was this fundamental point not addressed in the 2nd half of the season,
long after the bull had bolted.
Talk about stating the blinding obvious.
to say anything to the contrary would be the final death knell for him. WHY was this fundamental point not addressed in the 2nd half of the season, long after the bull had bolted. Talk about stating the blinding obvious. endean2
  • Score: -7

10:40am Fri 16 May 14

hornetsteve says...

lack of leader ship!!
we need to make a big name signing preferably a defender with championship experience who could captain & lead the team!!, plus if we are to make any further signings this summer with possibly the exception vydra I would like them to be experienced British players we have seen players come in who have not been suitable for the championship over the last couple of seasons, we have a good squad of players, it just needs some better defenders & on field leadership!!,could beppe please sit down for at least the first 5 minutes of the game!!
lack of leader ship!! we need to make a big name signing preferably a defender with championship experience who could captain & lead the team!!, plus if we are to make any further signings this summer with possibly the exception vydra I would like them to be experienced British players we have seen players come in who have not been suitable for the championship over the last couple of seasons, we have a good squad of players, it just needs some better defenders & on field leadership!!,could beppe please sit down for at least the first 5 minutes of the game!! hornetsteve
  • Score: -5

11:21am Fri 16 May 14

Man from Pinner says...

hornetsteve wrote:
lack of leader ship!!
we need to make a big name signing preferably a defender with championship experience who could captain & lead the team!!, plus if we are to make any further signings this summer with possibly the exception vydra I would like them to be experienced British players we have seen players come in who have not been suitable for the championship over the last couple of seasons, we have a good squad of players, it just needs some better defenders & on field leadership!!,could beppe please sit down for at least the first 5 minutes of the game!!
A commanding centre half please.
[quote][p][bold]hornetsteve[/bold] wrote: lack of leader ship!! we need to make a big name signing preferably a defender with championship experience who could captain & lead the team!!, plus if we are to make any further signings this summer with possibly the exception vydra I would like them to be experienced British players we have seen players come in who have not been suitable for the championship over the last couple of seasons, we have a good squad of players, it just needs some better defenders & on field leadership!!,could beppe please sit down for at least the first 5 minutes of the game!![/p][/quote]A commanding centre half please. Man from Pinner
  • Score: 5

11:26am Fri 16 May 14

Scothorn says...

Note to Beppe - don't tell the WO - tell Mr Nani and he might buy you the type of players you think the club needs.
Note to Beppe - don't tell the WO - tell Mr Nani and he might buy you the type of players you think the club needs. Scothorn
  • Score: -2

12:30pm Fri 16 May 14

Harry's Bar says...

Scothorn wrote:
Note to Beppe - don't tell the WO - tell Mr Nani and he might buy you the type of players you think the club needs.
He may as well tell Nani he needs flaky posers with no heart because that's what he'll probably get.
[quote][p][bold]Scothorn[/bold] wrote: Note to Beppe - don't tell the WO - tell Mr Nani and he might buy you the type of players you think the club needs.[/p][/quote]He may as well tell Nani he needs flaky posers with no heart because that's what he'll probably get. Harry's Bar
  • Score: -5

12:50pm Fri 16 May 14

bristol hornet says...

I see that Nathaniel Chalobah and Danny Graham have returned to their respective parent clubs after their loans expired.

Two good ones there, plus Vydra and keeper Kuszczak, and also a commanding captain figure which we so badly lack, then we will have the real nucleus of a team for a good promo push next season?
I see that Nathaniel Chalobah and Danny Graham have returned to their respective parent clubs after their loans expired. Two good ones there, plus Vydra and keeper Kuszczak, and also a commanding captain figure which we so badly lack, then we will have the real nucleus of a team for a good promo push next season? bristol hornet
  • Score: 13

1:01pm Fri 16 May 14

stiffler99 says...

bristol hornet wrote:
I see that Nathaniel Chalobah and Danny Graham have returned to their respective parent clubs after their loans expired.

Two good ones there, plus Vydra and keeper Kuszczak, and also a commanding captain figure which we so badly lack, then we will have the real nucleus of a team for a good promo push next season?
Not sure you are correct about Kuszcak - he made quite a few blunders for Brighton and didn't look too confident at the end of the season,
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: I see that Nathaniel Chalobah and Danny Graham have returned to their respective parent clubs after their loans expired. Two good ones there, plus Vydra and keeper Kuszczak, and also a commanding captain figure which we so badly lack, then we will have the real nucleus of a team for a good promo push next season?[/p][/quote]Not sure you are correct about Kuszcak - he made quite a few blunders for Brighton and didn't look too confident at the end of the season, stiffler99
  • Score: 2

1:09pm Fri 16 May 14

Hornankey says...

watford1881 wrote:
He believes it united?? Shouldn't he know???
Yes, but he cannot understand what anyone is saying!
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: He believes it united?? Shouldn't he know???[/p][/quote]Yes, but he cannot understand what anyone is saying! Hornankey
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Fri 16 May 14

bristol hornet says...

stiffler99 wrote:
bristol hornet wrote:
I see that Nathaniel Chalobah and Danny Graham have returned to their respective parent clubs after their loans expired.

Two good ones there, plus Vydra and keeper Kuszczak, and also a commanding captain figure which we so badly lack, then we will have the real nucleus of a team for a good promo push next season?
Not sure you are correct about Kuszcak - he made quite a few blunders for Brighton and didn't look too confident at the end of the season,
Like all good goalkeepers, Kuszczak does make a few mistakes, but they are relatively few spread over the season.

I was very disappointed when he left us for Brighton, but now could be the right moment to bring him back.

I like Almunia, but I think he is off, and Kuszczak would be a good replacement in my eyes.
[quote][p][bold]stiffler99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: I see that Nathaniel Chalobah and Danny Graham have returned to their respective parent clubs after their loans expired. Two good ones there, plus Vydra and keeper Kuszczak, and also a commanding captain figure which we so badly lack, then we will have the real nucleus of a team for a good promo push next season?[/p][/quote]Not sure you are correct about Kuszcak - he made quite a few blunders for Brighton and didn't look too confident at the end of the season,[/p][/quote]Like all good goalkeepers, Kuszczak does make a few mistakes, but they are relatively few spread over the season. I was very disappointed when he left us for Brighton, but now could be the right moment to bring him back. I like Almunia, but I think he is off, and Kuszczak would be a good replacement in my eyes. bristol hornet
  • Score: 7

2:17pm Fri 16 May 14

soulfulhornet says...

I think wages will be an issue with Chalobah, Danny and Kuszczak unfortunately. The Pozzos have a philosophy, I understand, where they will not pay over the top wages or wages that the club cannot afford. I agree with that even if that means we remain in the Championship. There will be extra capacity to pay above what we do presently when
1) crowds reach higher levels hence the new stand, and consequent increased match day revenue.
2) the 'bonds' have been repaid to the holders - Ashcroft/ Simpson etc, which will free up turnover for use on wages. I think they have 2 years to run - please correct me if you know better.

The alternative is the club speculates to accumulate like Leicester and QPR (and Cardiff and Hull before them) have and pays over the odds. It didn't work under Vialli or Boothroyd (post Prem) here either..

Personally I prefer either the Pozzos approach, the steady eddie strategy of Burnley or the cut your cloth as Derby County have done. It took several years of rebuild under Nigel Clough for Derby plus a brave change of manager to get to the position where they are now. I believe the Pozzos, whilst wanting to reach the Prem asap, will take a similarly pragmatic route.

The consequence of the pragmatic route is that we cannot afford a tried and tested Championship striker like Jordan Rhodes or Ross McCormack. Experienced defenders are similarly priced. As for defenders, I would love the lad Delaney at Palace to come to the Vic, but we have no chance there.

As a relatively small club that can afford only modest wages, we have to accept that ordinarily, we will not get the best/ most experienced Championship players.
I think wages will be an issue with Chalobah, Danny and Kuszczak unfortunately. The Pozzos have a philosophy, I understand, where they will not pay over the top wages or wages that the club cannot afford. I agree with that even if that means we remain in the Championship. There will be extra capacity to pay above what we do presently when 1) crowds reach higher levels hence the new stand, and consequent increased match day revenue. 2) the 'bonds' have been repaid to the holders - Ashcroft/ Simpson etc, which will free up turnover for use on wages. I think they have 2 years to run - please correct me if you know better. The alternative is the club speculates to accumulate like Leicester and QPR (and Cardiff and Hull before them) have and pays over the odds. It didn't work under Vialli or Boothroyd (post Prem) here either.. Personally I prefer either the Pozzos approach, the steady eddie strategy of Burnley or the cut your cloth as Derby County have done. It took several years of rebuild under Nigel Clough for Derby plus a brave change of manager to get to the position where they are now. I believe the Pozzos, whilst wanting to reach the Prem asap, will take a similarly pragmatic route. The consequence of the pragmatic route is that we cannot afford a tried and tested Championship striker like Jordan Rhodes or Ross McCormack. Experienced defenders are similarly priced. As for defenders, I would love the lad Delaney at Palace to come to the Vic, but we have no chance there. As a relatively small club that can afford only modest wages, we have to accept that ordinarily, we will not get the best/ most experienced Championship players. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 22

4:05pm Fri 16 May 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Have you seen that Big Chris is in the cup final squad for St Johnstone. What with Garner and Britt banging in the goals in Div 1, perhaps we should look to bring all 3 back next season for a real go at promotion ??
Have you seen that Big Chris is in the cup final squad for St Johnstone. What with Garner and Britt banging in the goals in Div 1, perhaps we should look to bring all 3 back next season for a real go at promotion ?? Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -2

5:06pm Fri 16 May 14

andyhooked says...

As said above, Nani is part of the big problem. Lack of leadership because of the Pozzos letting Nani run the gaff and I am sorry to say that Sannino still does not cut it for me but then he has been handed a poor hand of cards by Nani and sactioned be our Pozzo saviours. Get some guys in that know the Chapionship fro Nani down to a coach, I prefer and old fashioned manager that decides his squad, and players that are good enough. YAWN, I have said this before.
As said above, Nani is part of the big problem. Lack of leadership because of the Pozzos letting Nani run the gaff and I am sorry to say that Sannino still does not cut it for me but then he has been handed a poor hand of cards by Nani and sactioned be our Pozzo saviours. Get some guys in that know the Chapionship fro Nani down to a coach, I prefer and old fashioned manager that decides his squad, and players that are good enough. YAWN, I have said this before. andyhooked
  • Score: -2

6:15pm Fri 16 May 14

Drewoneone says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Have you seen that Big Chris is in the cup final squad for St Johnstone. What with Garner and Britt banging in the goals in Div 1, perhaps we should look to bring all 3 back next season for a real go at promotion ??
I presume this is a tongue in cheek comment?

Scottish Premier football is League One standard at best, apart from Celtic who are possibly Championship standard.

Britt has done well at Peterborough, but that is League One. I watched the two play off semi final games and he was virtually anonymous, apart fro a clearly offside goal. I understand we have first option on him if Peterborough want to sell.They will want to keep him but will he be happy with another season in League One? We were not convinced before he went, so a return is unlikely.

Joe Garner couldn't cut it last time with us (one or two goals scored?). Again he has been playing in League One. the standard is far lower than the Championship - look at Donnie and Yeovil making a swift return. Bournemouth have done really well, but then they have an inspirational young manager.
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Have you seen that Big Chris is in the cup final squad for St Johnstone. What with Garner and Britt banging in the goals in Div 1, perhaps we should look to bring all 3 back next season for a real go at promotion ??[/p][/quote]I presume this is a tongue in cheek comment? Scottish Premier football is League One standard at best, apart from Celtic who are possibly Championship standard. Britt has done well at Peterborough, but that is League One. I watched the two play off semi final games and he was virtually anonymous, apart fro a clearly offside goal. I understand we have first option on him if Peterborough want to sell.They will want to keep him but will he be happy with another season in League One? We were not convinced before he went, so a return is unlikely. Joe Garner couldn't cut it last time with us (one or two goals scored?). Again he has been playing in League One. the standard is far lower than the Championship - look at Donnie and Yeovil making a swift return. Bournemouth have done really well, but then they have an inspirational young manager. Drewoneone
  • Score: 6

12:07pm Sat 17 May 14

Cuthbert007 says...

We need a new manager asap. He is not upto it. Zola was better than him. Get Billy Davis in now and on a free. He will get us up!!!
We need a new manager asap. He is not upto it. Zola was better than him. Get Billy Davis in now and on a free. He will get us up!!! Cuthbert007
  • Score: -2

12:08pm Sat 17 May 14

Cuthbert007 says...

Bully Davis is a must if we are goin up!!!
Bully Davis is a must if we are goin up!!! Cuthbert007
  • Score: -2

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