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Watford tried to sign Beckham - Aidy

Watford tried to sign Beckham - Aidy

Former Watford gaffer Aidy Boothroyd has sensationally revealed that the Hornets tried to sign £25m David Beckham on loan from Real Madrid to "help" their ill-fated 2006-2007 season in the Premier League...

...but eventually had to make do with the talents of er, Steve Kabba and Moses Ashikodi.

In a frank and revealing interview with the smashing lads at, Boothroyd admitted that he wanted to bring the world`s most famous footballer kicking and screaming from the Galactico at the Bernabeu for a spell at the delights Vicarage Road.

The Hornets even made waves to use the club`s most famous fan - Sir Elton John - to persuade celebrity chum Beckham to ditch the Real Madrid wilderness, under England coach Fabio Capello, to be Watford`s "big name signing".

Boothroyd stated "I [also] tried to sign David Beckham. He was having a bad time at Real Madrid at the time so I got Elton to give him a call".

The former Hornets gaffer insisted that the Hornets moved for Beckham AFTER "12 or 13 players had turned us down"... talk about aiming high!!!

And Aidy , who is now manager at Colchester United, added "I felt we needed a big name signing to try and help us attract others to sign - People were slightly reluctant to join us and I felt it would help".

Sadly it was a case of 'tempting by NO` for the former Manchester United and AC Milan man.

Clearly the attractions of the Harlequin Centre shopping, the town`s infamous indoor market or a night out at 'Destiny` celebrity hang out wasn`t er, POSH enough for the Beckhams.

And, with his tongue firmly in cheeky, Boothroyd added "I can`t believe he turned it down!".

The interview in full, where Aidy also reveals that he "got rid of Springy too early", that Marlon King "is a very good person" and that "King`s replacement hasn`t done the business, can be found WATFORD LEGENDS here.

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Writer:Dr Watford
Date:Sunday September 20 2009
Time: 10:30AM


Most surprising part of that interview was Aidy claiming we'd have finished much higher than 13th under him last season! Egotistic or what!?
20/09/2009 10:46:00
He's probably right...
21/09/2009 11:51:00
I always liked him and whats wrong in having self belief, i wish him well. Ashton is the man i'd like to get my hands on and, well it would not be nice
21/09/2009 13:13:00
I always liked him too, but we were doing very poorly under him when he left.
21/09/2009 14:55:00
Enjoyed the interview, some of which was probably tongue-in-cheek. Aidy worked miracles to get us promoted in first year, didn't have much luck with limited resources in the Prem, then made some serious mistakes thereafter. However, I blame the board for allowing him to spend money we hadn't got which got us in the recent mess and wish him well in the future.
21/09/2009 22:30:00
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