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Double Departure

Shock news from Vicarage Road today, no, Tamas isn't dropped, no Aidy hasn't learnt the concept of the substitute and no, Jordan hasn't gotten a rollicking.

Sad news in fact, Aidy Boothroyd's senior assistant, Keith Burkinshaw, one of the most successful manager's in Spur's history has today left the club.

Burkinshaw has announced his retirement at the same time due to serious illness within his family.

The retirement of Burkinshaw will come as a huge blow to Aidy Boothroyd and Watford Football Club as a whole. Since joining the club two years ago the 71 year-old has advised and tutored Boothroyd as the Golden Boys won promotion and were subsequently relegated.

Speaking to Boothroyd has this to say:

'It's a sad day for me that Keith has been forced to leave my side,' Boothroyd told the club website.

'He has been, and will remain a dear and close friend, will always be welcomed back at Watford.'

The second departure at Vicarage Road is the immanent departure of former skipper, Gavin Mahon. The midfield general has fallen out of favor at Vicarage Road and has recently been stripped of the captaincy. Jay DeMerit is the new club captain.

Mahon will not be offered a new contract with the Hertfordshire club after over five years of loyal service.

It would be easy to slag the former Brentford and Wolves man off, but ultimately Mahon has gone from Mr Hate figure to player of the season back to Mr hate figure. His commanding midfield displays were not in prominence at the end of last campaign, but all were outclassed in the Prem anyway. His goal against Pompey will live long in the memory, rest assured.

Q.P.R are believed to be leading the chase for the Brummie who could leave in January, a fee between 150k and 750k is being reported in different tabloids.

Although I, like many others may not have always shown it, I'd like to thank Gav for his 200+ appearances at Vicarage Road, none of which lacked heart or passion for the Golden shirt.

Gavin's time at Vicarage Road can really be summed up by that strike against Derby County when the coffers were low, the team was lower and relegation was a real prospect. The take on his chest followed by precision and power to lash beyond Lee Grant will live in my memory perhaps longer than his wonder strike last year.

Good luck to both Gavin and Keith in their future's.

Date:Monday December 17 2007
Time: 6:47PM

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