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Smith wages 'a problem' for Watford

Watford`s ever so honest chairman, lil` Jimmy Russo, has admitted that in-demand Tommy Smith`s current contract is causing the Vicarage Road moneymen a bit of a headache…

Rumours were aplenty a few weeks back that Smudgers alleged wage demands of a quite staggering £18k a week had put pay to a summer switch to Bramall Lane with the tabloids tittle tattle reporting that Watford were "angry" their Superman was pricing himself out of a move north.

Now it seems the Hornets too are a tad concerned with the impact of his weekly wage on the empty club coffers.

Speaking to those folk in the know at BBC 3 Counties Radio, the Hornets head honcho stated "The problem we have with Tommy [Smith] is that he is one of the high earners at the club. That`s been well documented".

And Russo reckons that 'problem` is unsustainable under the new regime in charge of the club coffers, adding "That level of commitment would be financially outside the model that we have introduced for the football club to enable stability…".

But lil` Jimmy Russo is quick to realise the crazy, crazy footballing world that we live in by suggesting that "…in order for us to compete and get players of a certain calibre, we have to pay a certain amount of wages".

Presumably though "a certain amount of wages" means a bag of chocolate buttons and half a kitkat chunky with Russo eager to stress "We are not Premier League"!!!!.

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Writer: Dr Watford Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 11 2009

Time: 9:18AM

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What he is really saying "we had to sell Tommy and Reading would only pay a certaim amount, but we have saved on wages and every one is happy" Hmmm, well no mention of Ellington, Eustace or Saddler whos wages must be pretty high! Does it soften the blow? Does it *****!
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11/08/2009 10:21:00

Has he already gone then?
Our Kids Dad
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11/08/2009 11:52:00

smudger must be on his way out! reading would be the best bet,with stephen hunt going to hull.
Golden Looney
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11/08/2009 14:53:00

If the likes of Tommy or JD leave then we WILL go down... Where will we be then.. Answer: Even worse off.... How can relagation be a good thing... Why not sell someone ***** like JJO'T, Scott loach or Eustace...
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11/08/2009 15:29:00

They said it would be all doom and gloom when we sold Helguson, it turned out to be quite the opposite, we have always been a selling club, don't think we will go down, but losing smith wont help. no point in getting negative.
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11/08/2009 15:43:00

I share your concern's watford 1881,smudger is our top boy. And im sure if we were in charge,eustace,ellington would be top of the list to get shot off to balance the books.The fact is only the manager and the board can make that decision. Like andy said were just have to accept it,and hope we can manage without him. Watford still got the makings of a good side,that could punch above it's weight. Lets hope it works out for us!!
Golden Looney
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11/08/2009 16:08:00

This is effectively an open invitation to Reading to make us another offer and we'll accept less than £1.8M to get Tommy off the wage bill. Good housekeeping is one thing, but we look like letting the baby out with the bathwater.... Hope I'm wrong on this one.
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11/08/2009 17:14:00

RFB, i think your close to the mark, im sorry to say, on one hand Russo tells us last week, i wont sell any of our players cheap, the last night he comes out and says what he say a complete contradiction in my eyes. Did Jack Petchy not say the club should be self funding? look what happened then!!
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11/08/2009 17:38:00


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