Is 23rd really a sign of the Times?
Thought the Times was one of those broadsheets you could trust for a frank, honest opinion with little in the way of speculation or downright tittle tattle?
Well, you might just want to revisit that opinion after the ever-so in the know hacks on Fleet Street`s so-called 'finest` sports desk predicted Watford would finish the 2009-2010 Championship in 23rd!
Relegated. Cannon fodder. Through the trapdoor into footballing wilderness… yes really.
Ok, so its hardly surprising that their lower league knowledge isn`t quite what it`s cracked up to be when they spend all of their attention on the Top 4 but when you take a look at some of their other forecasted finishes you do have to wonder if they sent the YTS boy out to collate the table!
Leicester as high as 6th? QPR down in 18th and perennial play-off scrapers Preston in 15th - below the likes of Doncaster and Derby who are both are on track for the Top 10 apparently?
Yes Newcastle could well struggle - but below the likes of Barnsley, Cov and Palace?
The review isn`t too hot on the Hornets either. Malky Mackay "may find the job too big for him". "A club seemingly intent on downsizing"… Intent on downsizing? Didn`t their spotty oik of a YTS boy dig out the fact that we have fought back administration for the last 18 months?
Clearly not. Still, there is hope - Remember that first year under Aidy when everybody included his own mother wrote us off as favourites for relegation only for us to go and stuck it up the league that year.
Here at VitalWatford, admittedly our expectations aren`t that high and mid table obscurity would do nicely this time round but we reckon our Braveheart boss has that fighting spirit of 2005-2006 in his blood…
If you want a giggle, here`s the complete 'Predicted Table` as published by The Times…
1st Sheff Utd
3rd West Brom
4th Cardiff City
5th Nottingham Forest
6th Leicester City
7th Ipswich Town
8th Derby County
9th Doncaster Rovers
11th Bristol City
12th Sheffield Weds
13th Peterborough United
14th Crystal Palace
15th Preston North End
17th Swansea City
19th Coventry City
20th Newcastle United
24th Plymough Argyle