Watford head of medical Marco Cesarini says Hornets head coach Beppe Sannino has made his new role as a translator easy

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At the start of the season the majority of Watford fans wouldn’t have known too much about Marco Cesarini.

After all, why would they? The Hornets head of medical spoke on occasion when it came to injuries but he often remained in the background, working with those players who required treatment and rehabilitation.

That changed with the arrival of Beppe Sannino. The Italian head coach couldn’t speak English when he was named Watford boss in December so Cesarini was asked to become a translator – as Sannino didn’t want a professional translator.

The role initially involved work both on and off the pitch. He helped deliver Sannino’s instructions on the training field and translated in post-match press conferences with the written media.

Eventually the head coach was able to communicate directly with his players but Cesarini has continued to assist Sannino with the press, whilst goalkeeping coach Alec Chamberlain conducts most of the video interviews.

Cesarini, who joined Watford in July 2012 and also had a two-year stint at West Ham United, stressed his role translating has not impacted on his job as the club’s head of medical.

He is not a native English speaker but says he hasn’t found it difficult to interpret for Sannino.

"Beppe is very good because he doesn’t use the standard Italian phrase,” Cesarini explained during an interview at the end of the 2013/14 campaign. “When you are speaking to somebody you talk normally, without thinking.

"But he does not often use standard Italian phrases which would be hard to translate. It’s very helpful that he is using a simpler vocabulary because it makes it easy for me to translate."

Sannino arrived at Watford with the side struggling in the Championship. Changes were needed and they needed to be made quickly to halt a mid-season slump.

Cesarini was charged with explaining Sannino’s tactical approach and what he wanted from his players on the pitch. It’s the only part of his new role he found tough.

He explained: "The football side was difficult. I have never been that involved in that side of things but football vocabulary is very short. After two weeks it was ok for him to explain.

"But in those first two weeks it was very important to have clear messages on the pitch. After that he used me very rarely when it came to things on the pitch.

"Sometimes, if he had to give certain clear indications to the players in meetings, then he would use me. On the pitch, after those first two weeks, he has been completely able to communicate with the players.

“Don’t forget, there are other members of the staff who are also improving their English. So, if I had to, I would be able to sit in my office and not go out onto the pitch to translate."

Watford have a multi-cultural and multi-lingual squad with players from across the globe coming together at London Colney.

Several different languages can be heard at the club’s training ground. Italian, Spanish and English are predominant but others are also spoken.

Cesarini believes it is important to not force the Hornets’ foreign players to speak English away from the pitch.

He said: "English is the main language and we all try to speak it. There is a rule to speak English on the pitch but you can’t force players who speak other languages to speak in English all day.

"An example of this is my children. They are in an English school and they enjoy it a lot. So they speak English in school until half past three.

"When they get home, if we talk in English they will cry. They want to talk in Italian even though their English is amazing.

"So you can’t force somebody to speak in English all day because it is mentally tiring. When the players are on the pitch though, everything is in English."

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10:13am Wed 11 Jun 14

Banjo says...

quick, let's get a load of comments on here about how disgraceful it is that he still needs a translator.
BLAH BLAH BLAH
quick, let's get a load of comments on here about how disgraceful it is that he still needs a translator. BLAH BLAH BLAH Banjo
  • Score: 10

10:51am Wed 11 Jun 14

rousman 2 says...

Banjo wrote:
quick, let's get a load of comments on here about how disgraceful it is that he still needs a translator.
BLAH BLAH BLAH
I dont think disgraceful is what people will be saying, more like it is not ideal that we have a foriegn head coach.
[quote][p][bold]Banjo[/bold] wrote: quick, let's get a load of comments on here about how disgraceful it is that he still needs a translator. BLAH BLAH BLAH[/p][/quote]I dont think disgraceful is what people will be saying, more like it is not ideal that we have a foriegn head coach. rousman 2
  • Score: -6

11:09am Wed 11 Jun 14

rogeruk says...

rousman 2 wrote:
Banjo wrote:
quick, let's get a load of comments on here about how disgraceful it is that he still needs a translator.
BLAH BLAH BLAH
I dont think disgraceful is what people will be saying, more like it is not ideal that we have a foriegn head coach.
Nothing wrong with a foreign coach, however a foreign coach after six months that can hardly speak a word of English is not good, especially with the new Emphasis on British players in the team, British players with regional accents makes it doubly difficult.

It has to be an ideal situation that a coach can express his own ideas directly to players, a lot is missed in the translation.
[quote][p][bold]rousman 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Banjo[/bold] wrote: quick, let's get a load of comments on here about how disgraceful it is that he still needs a translator. BLAH BLAH BLAH[/p][/quote]I dont think disgraceful is what people will be saying, more like it is not ideal that we have a foriegn head coach.[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with a foreign coach, however a foreign coach after six months that can hardly speak a word of English is not good, especially with the new Emphasis on British players in the team, British players with regional accents makes it doubly difficult. It has to be an ideal situation that a coach can express his own ideas directly to players, a lot is missed in the translation. rogeruk
  • Score: -8

11:27am Wed 11 Jun 14

hornetsteve says...

personally I would like to see a British head coach with a good championship cv,(mcdermont&nigel gibbs)we currently have a first team coach who finished the season poorly poor last game performance probably down to his man management skills asking the players to postpone there holidays!! cant see what he thinks he achieves standing on the touch line shouting like he does from the very first minute do all of the players out there understand Italian!! based on the last ten games my expectations for the coming season are about mid table hope he proves me wrong no mater what lets all get behind the team & manager
personally I would like to see a British head coach with a good championship cv,(mcdermont&nigel gibbs)we currently have a first team coach who finished the season poorly poor last game performance probably down to his man management skills asking the players to postpone there holidays!! cant see what he thinks he achieves standing on the touch line shouting like he does from the very first minute do all of the players out there understand Italian!! based on the last ten games my expectations for the coming season are about mid table hope he proves me wrong no mater what lets all get behind the team & manager hornetsteve
  • Score: -26

11:38am Wed 11 Jun 14

shakydd says...

Wouldn't it be good to have Gibbs back?? Even under McDermott, who I thought well at Reading and had to endure the shambles at Leeds (although he did cost us promotion.....)
Wouldn't it be good to have Gibbs back?? Even under McDermott, who I thought well at Reading and had to endure the shambles at Leeds (although he did cost us promotion.....) shakydd
  • Score: -8

11:43am Wed 11 Jun 14

Harrydownunder says...

I think we've missed a trick. We should get the other players to learn Italian. That way, no one will have a clue what we are talking about on the pitch!!

Imagine what gollum would say about that!!
I think we've missed a trick. We should get the other players to learn Italian. That way, no one will have a clue what we are talking about on the pitch!! Imagine what gollum would say about that!! Harrydownunder
  • Score: 17

11:50am Wed 11 Jun 14

EstebanSemtex says...

Downvoting any mention of McDermott in terms of managing us. He looks like a thumb and I can't stand him. It's totally irrational and kneejerk but I hate him.

Beppe not speaking great English isn't much of an issue. It's down to the players reaction. Look at the fomer Southampton Boss. Didn't have a great command of English, achieved great success. The player bought into his tatics and methods and played for him. Doesn't matter who screams an instruction from the sideline, as long as it's performed.
Downvoting any mention of McDermott in terms of managing us. He looks like a thumb and I can't stand him. It's totally irrational and kneejerk but I hate him. Beppe not speaking great English isn't much of an issue. It's down to the players reaction. Look at the fomer Southampton Boss. Didn't have a great command of English, achieved great success. The player bought into his tatics and methods and played for him. Doesn't matter who screams an instruction from the sideline, as long as it's performed. EstebanSemtex
  • Score: 12

11:54am Wed 11 Jun 14

apathy1 says...

Can't see why Nigel Gibbs is mentioned other than he played for Watford - we need to look beyond that to get the best person
Can't see why Nigel Gibbs is mentioned other than he played for Watford - we need to look beyond that to get the best person apathy1
  • Score: 11

11:59am Wed 11 Jun 14

EstebanSemtex says...

Harrydownunder wrote:
I think we've missed a trick. We should get the other players to learn Italian. That way, no one will have a clue what we are talking about on the pitch!! Imagine what gollum would say about that!!
Didn't Iwan Roberts used to speak welsh with one of his Watford strike partners? Or did I dream that factoid?
[quote][p][bold]Harrydownunder[/bold] wrote: I think we've missed a trick. We should get the other players to learn Italian. That way, no one will have a clue what we are talking about on the pitch!! Imagine what gollum would say about that!![/p][/quote]Didn't Iwan Roberts used to speak welsh with one of his Watford strike partners? Or did I dream that factoid? EstebanSemtex
  • Score: -6

12:43pm Wed 11 Jun 14

No Wheels says...

Of course, what he is doing is actually interpreting, not translating. I work as a translator, and I wouldn't dream of trying to take on interpreting work without putting in some serious specific courses in interpreting... Whole different ball game... Well, that's a lie, actually. I reckon I could try and wing it if the price was right...
Of course, what he is doing is actually interpreting, not translating. I work as a translator, and I wouldn't dream of trying to take on interpreting work without putting in some serious specific courses in interpreting... Whole different ball game... Well, that's a lie, actually. I reckon I could try and wing it if the price was right... No Wheels
  • Score: -5

2:11pm Wed 11 Jun 14

jasonwatford says...

What is annoying about this is the one coach who has picked up the language really well has been let go as they want to save money on only have 3 coaches , One of the is a goalkeeping coach whilst we still have Alex chamberlain as well. Crazy decision.
What is annoying about this is the one coach who has picked up the language really well has been let go as they want to save money on only have 3 coaches , One of the is a goalkeeping coach whilst we still have Alex chamberlain as well. Crazy decision. jasonwatford
  • Score: -5

3:06pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Meadey39 says...

EstebanSemtex wrote:
Harrydownunder wrote:
I think we've missed a trick. We should get the other players to learn Italian. That way, no one will have a clue what we are talking about on the pitch!! Imagine what gollum would say about that!!
Didn't Iwan Roberts used to speak welsh with one of his Watford strike partners? Or did I dream that factoid?
He spoke Welsh when he had to explain why he missed the target so much.
[quote][p][bold]EstebanSemtex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harrydownunder[/bold] wrote: I think we've missed a trick. We should get the other players to learn Italian. That way, no one will have a clue what we are talking about on the pitch!! Imagine what gollum would say about that!![/p][/quote]Didn't Iwan Roberts used to speak welsh with one of his Watford strike partners? Or did I dream that factoid?[/p][/quote]He spoke Welsh when he had to explain why he missed the target so much. Meadey39
  • Score: -2

3:12pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Meadey39 says...

To be honest, i am still none the wiser to who he is. Very difficult situation for Sannino. If you have never spoken another language before and then have to be able to communicate your ideas across, it is almost impossible. Look at the problems Capello had when speaking. More importantly is if Sannino is employing the right tactics, picking the right players. How hard is it to say to the strikers ' Put ball in their net' and to goalkeeper and defenders 'Keep ball out of our net'.
To be honest, i am still none the wiser to who he is. Very difficult situation for Sannino. If you have never spoken another language before and then have to be able to communicate your ideas across, it is almost impossible. Look at the problems Capello had when speaking. More importantly is if Sannino is employing the right tactics, picking the right players. How hard is it to say to the strikers ' Put ball in their net' and to goalkeeper and defenders 'Keep ball out of our net'. Meadey39
  • Score: 0

5:42pm Wed 11 Jun 14

endean2 says...

cut to the chase guys! bring in a properly qualified manager who has at
least a fighting chance to get us promoted.
I have not, and will not forget the disgrace of those last 3 games of the season.
cut to the chase guys! bring in a properly qualified manager who has at least a fighting chance to get us promoted. I have not, and will not forget the disgrace of those last 3 games of the season. endean2
  • Score: -2

12:05am Thu 12 Jun 14

Roger Joslyn says...

Meadey39 wrote:
To be honest, i am still none the wiser to who he is. Very difficult situation for Sannino. If you have never spoken another language before and then have to be able to communicate your ideas across, it is almost impossible. Look at the problems Capello had when speaking. More importantly is if Sannino is employing the right tactics, picking the right players. How hard is it to say to the strikers ' Put ball in their net' and to goalkeeper and defenders 'Keep ball out of our net'.
" Look at the problems Capello had when speaking".....look at the problems Hodgson has when speaking ha ha ha. Sorry couldn't resist!
[quote][p][bold]Meadey39[/bold] wrote: To be honest, i am still none the wiser to who he is. Very difficult situation for Sannino. If you have never spoken another language before and then have to be able to communicate your ideas across, it is almost impossible. Look at the problems Capello had when speaking. More importantly is if Sannino is employing the right tactics, picking the right players. How hard is it to say to the strikers ' Put ball in their net' and to goalkeeper and defenders 'Keep ball out of our net'.[/p][/quote]" Look at the problems Capello had when speaking".....look at the problems Hodgson has when speaking ha ha ha. Sorry couldn't resist! Roger Joslyn
  • Score: 2

9:00am Thu 12 Jun 14

Harry's Bar says...

EstebanSemtex wrote:
Downvoting any mention of McDermott in terms of managing us. He looks like a thumb and I can't stand him. It's totally irrational and kneejerk but I hate him.

Beppe not speaking great English isn't much of an issue. It's down to the players reaction. Look at the fomer Southampton Boss. Didn't have a great command of English, achieved great success. The player bought into his tatics and methods and played for him. Doesn't matter who screams an instruction from the sideline, as long as it's performed.
I quite agree with you Semtex, can't stand the bloke. Firstly he got Leeds "up" for that match even though their season was over, and he looks like he should be in Parkhurst with his own Wing.
[quote][p][bold]EstebanSemtex[/bold] wrote: Downvoting any mention of McDermott in terms of managing us. He looks like a thumb and I can't stand him. It's totally irrational and kneejerk but I hate him. Beppe not speaking great English isn't much of an issue. It's down to the players reaction. Look at the fomer Southampton Boss. Didn't have a great command of English, achieved great success. The player bought into his tatics and methods and played for him. Doesn't matter who screams an instruction from the sideline, as long as it's performed.[/p][/quote]I quite agree with you Semtex, can't stand the bloke. Firstly he got Leeds "up" for that match even though their season was over, and he looks like he should be in Parkhurst with his own Wing. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

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