Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Pozzo: 'Watford not a feeder club for Udinese'

Pozzo: 'Watford not a feeder club for Udinese'

Gino Pozzo, son of Giampaolo and the man overseeing his family's investment in Watford has today spoken publicly for the first time about the family's purchase of the club, giving an interview to The Times.

Most encouragingly Pozzo Jnr. confirmed that Watford would not be becoming a feeder club to Udinese, the star attraction in the family's portfolio of football clubs, and that each club was a separate project in it's own right.

'Our system relies on buying lots of players, and Udinese can only have 24 or 25 per season,' Pozzo told Rory Smith.

'This is where Watford and Granada can benefit. We can loan them better players than they would otherwise be able to get.

'But make no mistake, they are club in their own right. They are independent projects. Watford will not be a feeder club for Udinese. They can benefit now from the link, but look at Granada: they are in the top division and they compete on their own basis.

'This is what we want for Watford. This is a not business for us. We like to compete.'

Watford have of course benefited from the excess players at both Udinese and Granada, signing no loss than 12 on-loan from the two clubs over the summer.

However, this is all just a small part of the bigger picture, a plan which the Pozzo's have implemented to great success in Andalusia and Udine.

'There are two sides to it. There is the selection of players & there is the development of those players. We invest more money in players between the ages of 17 and 23 than any other team in Italy,' boasts Pozzo.

A statement, which highlights exactly why the Pozzo family are seemingly less than keen to invest the necessary funds in the Harefield Academy set-up to appease the regulations of EPPP.

Pozzo also touches on the continual cycle of allowing the bigger, more established names to move on once the price is right, something which Watford have themselves done to great effect in recent years.

'You renew yourself or you die.

'Our system is to always have the next round of players in place. This is why we don't shop on July or August unless a good opportunity comes up. My market is every day of the year. We bought players in March this year who will join us in the summer of 2013 [at Udinese].'

Three such examples of this method at Udinese this summer were the losses of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, utility man Mauricio Isla and midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah who moved on to Inter Milan and Juventus respectively.

Not that this sparked a crisis for the ever-prepared club owner: 'Take Samir Handanovic. We knew he would be going, so two years ago we signed his replacement. By the time Handanovic left, he was ready, integrated into the side. That is how we try to minimise the impact of players leaving. We sign players long before we need them.'

By no means are all the concerns of Watford fans allied, it is good at least to hear from the man who is running our club & better to hear that this isn't just a link-up to benefit Udinese or Granada.

Whilst it is of course true that we wouldn't be able to benefit from players of Almen Abdi, Matej Vydra or Daniel Pudil's quality normally, the same reservations still remain (to my mind at least), about whether or not chucking 12 new players at a manager who seems to have a limited amount of say in who arrives & who doesn't, is the best way to run a football club.

Time will tell, but at the very least unlike with Laurence Bassini there is a very clear plan going forward.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Thursday September 13 2012
Time: 3:06PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Dan Blackwell Retires

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Flores Confirms Contactual Break Clause

Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has been speaking ahead of this weekend's game against already relegated Aston Villa, and the gaffer has confirmed...

Match Day Officials v Aston Villa (30/4/16)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Aston Villa this weekend.

Watford - Player Ratings Team Of The Season

Statistics website WhoScored.com applied individual player ratings after each game in the Premier League this season, and Watford find themselves...

Watford - PL 2016/17 Fixture Release Date

The Premier League have today confirmed the date where Watford will find out their fixture list for the 2016/17 season.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Harry Welch
Editor email
Profile
KDCallanan
no email
Profile
chrisgwfc
no email
Profile
Colin Cowan
no email
Profile
Alex Moore
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford v Aston Villa
Suggested By:
Watford win67%
Aston Villa win22%
Draw11%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 35 22 10 3 76 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Man City 35 19 7 9 64 32
4 Arsenal 35 18 10 7 64 24
5 Man Utd 34 17 8 9 59 12
6 West Ham 34 14 14 6 56 14
7 Liverpool 34 15 10 9 55 13
8 Southampton 35 15 9 11 54 12
9 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
10 Stoke 35 13 8 14 47 -14
11 Everton 34 9 14 11 41 5
12 Watford 34 11 8 15 41 -7
13 WBA 35 10 11 14 41 -11
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 11 8 16 41 -19
15 Swansea 35 10 10 15 40 -15
16 Crystal Palace 35 10 9 16 39 -9
17 Sunderland 34 7 10 17 31 -18
18 Norwich 34 8 7 19 31 -25
19 Newcastle 35 7 9 19 30 -26
R Aston Villa 35 3 7 25 16 -44
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 7 2016 3:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 11 2016 7:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.David Allen2
2.Ben Joseph1