Writer: Dr Watford
Date:Monday August 4 2008
Dr Watford - VitalWatford's editor in chief - gives his thoughts on what the new season lay in store for Watford to 442 magazine (the most entertainment you can have for just £4.50)....
Read his opinions in full here...
What`s your greatest hope for this season?
The gaffer, Aidy Boothroyd, has promised a change in style so a bit of entertainment and free flowing, attacking flair would be welcomed with open arms.
And your biggest fear?<BR>A play-off hangover and the continuation of our quite awful form (after Christmas last season). Oh, and a bit of common sense with regard the fire sale of all key players that seems to be taking place to balance the books ahead of the parachute payments dry up.
Most important player?
Jobi McAnuff and Tommy Smith should both be given the freedom to play but Gareth Williams just pips it for me. The former Forest and Leicester man has spent more time in the Vicarage Road treatment room than the pitch but if fully fit, he could be the creative spark the team lacked last season.
Cult hero/terrace favourite?
We love players who work their socks off for the team so blond bombshell 'Captain America` Jay DeMerit will always make the men 'grrr` in shock and awe (at some of his last ditch brilliant tackling) and the ladies swoon with longing!
Keep an eye out for… (young player)
Here`s to you…Theo Robinson - young, pacy and scored goals for fun on loan at Hereford last season so should get his first team break this campaign…as long as Aidy plays him down the middles as a striker and doesn`t stick him out on the wing. Lewis Young (brother of Aston Villa`s Ashley) and reserve team front man Liam Henderson both look ready to make an impact and young midfielder Ross Jenkins has featured a lot in pre-season.
Player you`d happily drive to his next club…
Mssrs Nathan Ellington and Jordan Stewart - the boo boys favourite duo - have already packed their bags and popped off up the M1 to be the gems in Jewell`s crown at Derby this summer. Off the wage bill and off to be a thorn in our side when we face them, no doubt!
What one change would you make at your club?
Cut down on the manager`s backroom staff. Our match day bench contains more hangers-on than an A-lister`s wedding guest list. Expensive, too many cooks to spoil the Championship broth and what do they all do?
Have you got the right manager?
Promotion, play-offs and a cup semi final in 3 years of management. Of course Aidy Boothroyd is the right man for the job but this season is going to be the toughest to date and the doubters will circle if we get off to a bad start.
What advice would you give him?
Go with youth and give some of our flair players a chance to really show what they are capable of…Oh and re-think the transfer market policy - Need I mention the words Sietes, Griffiths, to name but 2? Some of your signings have been shocking!
Which team do you most want to beat this season?
QPR - Money might buy you success and a team packed with promotion punch but does it really buy you happiness? The Not so Super Hoops gave us a good hiding at home last season so revenge would be sweet.
Opposition player you despise?
Sadly former Luton hitman Steve Howard got relegated with Leicester at the end of last season so I will have to opt for Coventry captain (and former Hornet) Stephen Hughes - a big money, big wage Vialli-ite who was injury prone at Watford but never has a bad game against us these days.
Opposition player you secretly admire?
Not so much a player but a manager - Neil Warnock. Deep down everyone has a soft spot for the straight talking Yorkshireman and what he did with a bunch of kids at Palace last season was nothing short of outstanding. Kids huh? Who`d play 'em.
Where will you finish?
In the play-offs with a refreshing change of style if Aidy sticks to his promise and gets some experienced heads in to pull the youth players along. Bottom 6 if we go route one again with the inexperienced squad we currently have.
Date:Monday August 4 2008
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