IMPORTANT TALK TACTICS: Nigel Pearson has the formula to become Harry Houdini of Watford – just look at Leicester & # 39; s Great Escape of 2015
- Nigel Pearson is the perfect man to lead Watford away from the bottom three
- The Hornets must be at their best if they want to defeat Tottenham on Saturday
- Pearson has produced the new manager bounce expected from Jose Mourinho
- Pearson & Leicester's side won seven of their last nine games to survive in 2015
It's March 21, 2015. Leicester has just lost 4-3 to Tottenham and sit at the bottom of the Premier League seven points out of safety. Harry Kane helped himself with a hat trick and it looks bleak for Nigel Pearson.
But unbelievably, seven wins, one draw and one defeat of nine games later, Leicester are safe. This great escape was Harry Houdini-like. The players suddenly knew what that winning feeling was and they introduced it the following season when they became English champions.
Without Pearson, who lost his job due to off-field issues, Leicester would probably have been relegated and the 5,000-1 title win would never have happened.
On Saturday, he faces Tottenham again in the midst of another revival, this time as Watford's manager.
A Premier League table since Pearson was in charge of the Hornets places them third, after four wins from six games.
They enjoy the jump we expected from Tottenham under Jose Mourinho, who won only five of his 10 games, with one draw and four defeats. At this rate, Watford shoo-ins seem to survive, and I see similarities between them and the Leicester side of 2014-15.
Pearson likes nuisance during attacks. He had Jamie Vardy and now he has Troy Deeney. He had two high-quality wingers in Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton and now he has Ismaila Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu, both of whom appear in shape. Christian Kabasele and Craig Cathcart – both 6ft 2in – offer a solid base at the back, just like Wes Morgan would do alongside Robert Huth or Marcin Wasilewski.
Under Watford's previous management, you saw their entire backs fly forward to fill the gaps in their 4-2-2-2 formation.
Pearson has limited that – he uses 4-2-3-1 and has told them to focus on protecting their purpose, in the first place. Adrian Mariappa and Kiko Femenia, right and left behind, do that now. Midfield duo Etienne Capoue and Nathaniel Chalobah also cover their defense, while Abdoulaye Doucoure goes from subject to subject.
With Craig Shakespeare back by his side, Pearson lets these players fight for him. He looks them in the eyes and doesn't mess.
As Deeney recently said: & # 39; For the first time in eight years I have been treated like a real man. & # 39;
Having someone like the captain of Watford is great when it comes to dressing room politics.
Pearson also forced a lot of trust from Vardy, and he started leading Leicester in their title triumph.
N & Golo Kante was signed in the summer of 2015 – and what an addition he was found by Pearson's trusted lieutenant Steve Walsh – but the winners of Leicester were already largely there.
This is a manager who knows how to handle rough diamonds. Despite their previous struggles, Watford has had enough. They reached the FA Cup final, but were defeated by Manchester City 6-0, while Tottenham lost in the Champions League final.
Neither party seemed to recover from defeats on their big days, but Pearson is now bringing Watford back together.
Watford & # 39; s FA Cup replay threatened by Storm Brendan with up to 80 MPH wind and heavy rainfall Great Britain
- Watford & # 39; s FA Cup replay Tranmere is threatened by Storm Brendan
- Heavy rainfall and 80 mph winds hit Britain on Monday and could stop the procedure
- The meeting in Prenton Park is still on the program. Tuesday evening
- Both clubs will follow the situation before the kick-off at 7.45 pm
Heavy rainfall and 80 km / h affected large parts of the country, with more rain forecast later on Tuesday.
Although the meeting in Prenton Park is still planned, the Hornets in a statement revealed that both clubs are in & # 39; regular contact & # 39; have been with the FA and the referee about the possible downpour.
With much more rain expected, Tranmere prepares for the field until 6:00 pm GMT, about an hour and 45 minutes before the kickoff in an attempt to raise the playing surface preserve.
Super League Liverpool Women's League with Manchester United at Prenton Park was postponed on Sunday due to a soaked field after heavy rain the night before.
Hornets boss Nigel Pearson has decided to give priority to the survival of the Premier League over the FA Cup and is expected to make many changes for the repeat of Tuesday
& # 39; I am paid to make decisions based on what is good for our club, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I can't be sentimental. I have always been someone who likes to play in cupruns, but I am a manager, so my role is different.
& # 39; My role is to make decisions based on the schedule for our week. We played Sunday, we play Tuesday and we got away with managing our way through the Christmas period, which was very hectic.
& # 39; The demands of the game are now incredibly high and the working speed of the players in Bournemouth was incredible, so we need to get the recovery right and make sure we are ready for the game on Saturday.
& # 39; This is where other players get opportunities. I do not apologize for it and I do not apologize for it.
& # 39; Did I say that, do I respect cup competitions? Of course I do, but it has nothing to do with still being able to make decisions based on what I believe and what we believe if a club is right for us. It is clear that Premier League security is of the utmost importance. & # 39;
First team stars Ben Foster, Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney are expected to miss the repetition.
Arsenal and Manchester United & # 39; watch Watford & # 39; s Christian Kabasele despite defending edges closer to a new contract on Vicarage Road & # 39;
- Christian Kabasele is expected to close a new deal until 2024 at Watford
- But both Manchester United and Arsenal are supposed to be interested in him
- Newcastle and West Ham consider taking both steps to also defend
The Hornets had a difficult start to the season and fight against relegation, but Kabasele has impressed Nigel Pearson in recent weeks.
Kabasele is expected to agree to a contract extension of his current contract and pen terms until 2024.
But French outlet Le10 Sport have reported that Premier League big guns are still looking at his situation during the current window.
Arsenal and United were both mentioned in the report as two teams who would like him.
West Ham and Newcastle are both thought to strengthen the options available by picking up Kabasele.
Kabasele has settled in Watford since he moved there in 2016 for around £ 6 million and played nearly 100 games.
The 28-year-old-old has also been covered twice by Belgium.
Arsenal wants a new defender after losing Calum Chambers the rest of the season due to an injury, while United is reportedly looking for reinforcements.
Kabasele missed the 3-0 victory of Watford against Bournemouth after being eliminated in the victory over Wolves.
Watford's moment at Watford's Adam Masina searches for a woman in the crowd and gives her his shirt after hitting the Hornets fan with a ball while warming up for Tranmere draw
- Watford & Adam Masina hit a Hornets fan with a ball during Saturday's warm-up
- He played all 90 minutes in FA Cup 3-3 draw with Tranmere on Vicarage Road
- Despite the drama of the game, he remembered looking for her in the gallery
- The defender gave his undershirt and a hug, she seemed to forgive him
One Watford fan left Vicarage Road flattered but a little bruised on Saturday, after defending Adam Masina, made her well with a ball by pouring her shirt after the confrontation with the Hornets FA Cup with Tranmere.
The left back hit the supporter after shooting a ball in the crowd during the warm-up for the third round.
He felt so bad that after a dramatic 90 minute action, he still reminded him to find the female fan after the last whistle.
Masina jumped the billboards to be the woman undershirt and gave her a warm hug because she seemed to assure the Italian that she had recovered
She may not have recovered from the shock of a roller coaster game, the League One T ranmere rushed back from 3-0 and forced it a repeat with the Premier League side.
Tom Dele-Bashiru, Nathaniel Chalobah and Roberto Pereyra seemed to abandon the Hornets after 35 minutes, but a collapse in the second half added another game to the relegation scrappers calendar.
In a chaotic 22 minutes, the third row of club was horizontal, before Pereyra was sent out in the 89th minute to complete a bizarre afternoon.
The Pearson side has made a grim reversal since the introduction of Pearson, and has returned to the reach of the Premier League survival after victories against Wolves, Aston Villa and Manchester United.
Like his close friend and international teammate Vincent Kompany, Christian Kabasele from Watford came to the Premier League via Belgium of descent Congolese
In the case of Kabasele, he was only eight months old when his family home in Lubumbashi, Congo's second city, was robbed, persuading him to go to Brussels and then to Liège. to uproot.
& # 39; The situation in Congo was not good at the time. A lot of violence & # 39 ;, the 28-year-old explains. & # 39; It was a difficult choice for my parents, they had to leave their own parents behind, but they made the sacrifice for our future. I only know my grandparents on the phone, but it is a story that many African players in Europe would understand.
& # 39; When I first played for Belgium and met Vincent, it was like we had known each other for many years. We are talking about our history. & # 39;
Defeating hardships helped Kabasele cope with the pressure of a relegation battle. Watford entertains Manchester United today at the bottom of the Premier League with only nine points. Their last league win on Vicarage Road was back in April and this season they have had more managers than wins (4-3).
Kabasele, an impressive central defender affiliated with Leicester City last summer, has spoken out against online racism abuse in the past and is equally candid about the predicament The Hornets are – just six months after they walked to the Wembley for a FA Cup Final against Manchester City.
& It is really bad. I think there are no other words when you see the quality of our team and we are still the last place in December, "he acknowledges.
& # 39; When you see the numbers, it's pretty easy. We didn't score much. We admit too much. We have been good at the back in some games, but have not been given goals. If we score, we'll let three or four in.
& # 39; I don't think there was a Premier League team with nine points at this stage, but that is an exciting challenge. We need the spirit and quality that we have shown in our last two games against Crystal Palace and Liverpool. If we had done that all season, we would be higher in the competition, but this is the situation. & # 39;
The improved displays, if not the results, have emerged since the appointment of Nigel Pearson, who oversaw the great escape of Leicester City in 2015. Kabasele has already heard team discussions this season from Javi Gracia, Quique Sanchez Flowers and Hayden Mullins but says
Pearson, manager No4, has been influenced by between players on the training field.
We see it everywhere. Sometimes we joke about it in the team, & he smiles. & # 39; In the physical room, in the office, in the canteen, often. He pays attention to everyone who is the most important difference with the other managers.
& # 39; Last week it was freezing cold and I had a snood in the physiotherapy room. I did not expect the manager's voice to suddenly lie behind me: "Are you cold?" It was funny because I didn't know he was there or when he came in. He surprised me – you never know when he will appear.
& He has also made a difference on the field. He wants us to give everything to restore our form quickly and trusts our ability to hurt the opponent with our speed. Javi Gracia went more over the ball, Quique defensive ability. But with this manager it's a mix.
& # 39; We must believe in ourselves that we are moving forward, because if you have the pace of Gerard Deulofeu and Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney in the box to finish, you should be confident. & # 39;
Watford & # 39; s record 6-0 cup final defeat to City was a humiliation that was implemented this season. But Kabasele, on the bench that scorching afternoon, does not blame one fall for the fall-off. & # 39; We have also lost our last four league games & # 39 ;, he notes. & # 39; When Brighton beat us 3-0 this season, it was really embarrassing and the negative spiral went on. & # 39;
Nor does he have time for the theory that Watford & # 39; s multinational squadron has exhausted team spirit.
I would say, sorry for the word, that it is bullshit. We had the best Premier League season of the club and reached a final cup with almost the same players. We live well together every day. It is not a matter of a divided dressing room. That is why we are at the bottom. & # 39;
At Watford & # 39; s Christmas on Thursday, Kabasele sat next to £ 25 million French-speaking Senegal, Sarr, helping him get involved with the team when Kompany ever helped him. But it's not a stranger. He is an equally big fan of English goalkeeper Ben Foster, who recently made headlines by stopping his car to rescue an 80-year-old Watford fan who had fallen into a ditch. & # 39; Ben is one of the nicest people I have met in football and I immediately noticed that & # 39 ;, he says ..
Kabasele chose salmon instead of turkey at the festival. One of his rules is to eat meat only once a day and his wife made chicken in the evening. He will need his strength against Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial for a full house with a capacity of 22,000 in Hertfordshire.
& # 39; I was watching United Beat City in the Manchester derby, & # 39; he says. & # 39; Even if they may not be United or old, you must respect them. They have talented players and if you catch them on a good day, it's hard. But we must also give them the feeling that it will not be easy.
& # 39; In our situation, even a draw is not so positive. We have not won this season at home and we cannot reach 2020 without that record. & # 39;
Following profitable matches against promoted teams Sheffield United and Aston Villa, a result against United could create a real momentum to help Watford climb to safety.
Kabasele is without a contract in the summer, but is talking about a new one. & # 39; If I was worried about Watford and the club or my situation, I would stop the negotiations &, he reveals. & # 39; But we are almost done with the deal. I want to stay with Watford in the Premier League. & # 39;
Next summer he has a chance to be part of the star-studded team of Belgium for Euro 2020. He went to the European championships four years ago and although
Playing with big stars such as Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard is a big carrot, even if his debut against Holland in 2016 was a bit disturbing. "I wasn't meant to play, but just before the kick-off, Roberto Martinez told me that I had two minutes to change because Vincent Kompany had a problem.
" I didn't have time to get nervous , that was good, but when I was sitting in the dressing room, Thomas Meunier from PSG was next to me and asked what I was doing because I wasn't supposed to be there. I had to explain that there was a late change! & # 39;
To show that you are never too old to learn, in the past two weeks, Kabasele has even taken a number of extra defensive tips from ubiquitous Pearson, a formidable mid-back on Sheffield Wednesday in his own playing days.
& # 39; He has given me some tips on body shape and body language & # 39 ;, says Kabasele. & # 39; I don't mind. If I had nothing to learn, I would be a manager myself! I think you should seek advice – you can improve until the end of your career. & # 39;
Is this the worst mistake of the season? £ 30m Watford man Ismaila Sarr somehow rejects the chance to put his side level against Liverpool
- Liverpool took the lead against Watford with a 38th minute Mo Salah attack
- Watford could have been leveled through Ismaila Sarr just three minutes later
- Sarr, although somehow turned down a huge opportunity in one of the misses of the season
- The side of Jurgen Klopp punished the Hornets with the second goal of Mo Salah Published: |
The Hornets put down a lively performance in their first game under new manager Nigel Pearson against the unbeaten leaders.
However, many other teams, the 20th placed team, were punished by a clinical counterattack by Liverpool scored by Mo Salah on the 38th minute.Ismaila Sarr has one somehow rejected an opportunity to place Watford level against league-leader Liverpool
But only three minutes later Watford had the perfect opportunity to immediately level the score on Anfield.
Gerard Deulofeu's cross was parried straight into the feet of Sarr by goalkeeper Allison, who only had to make reasonable contact.
What followed, however, is going down as one of the missions of the season so far.Alisson parried away at the cross of Ismaila Sarr who simply had to make good contactThe ball fell to Sarr & # 39; s feet and the Senegalese winger waved wildly at the ballBut Sarr took his chance hardly to make contact with the ball falling behind himSarr could only look down at the floor that destroyed a huge opportunity to level Watford at Anfield he places
While the ball fell to Sarr, the Senegalese winger swept at the ball and had a huge chance to raise his side
He missed his kick and could only watching the ball roll behind him, creating a huge opportunity to score what his first Premier League goal would have been.
Despite these Watford players They did not put their heads down and continued to attack Liverpool in the second half.
The Hornets set up one of their best performances of the season so far, but were punished until late in the second half with a brutal Mo Salah flick to make it 2-0
But Nigel Pearson will wonder what could have happened if Sarr equalized the score just before half-time.
Hayden Mullins takes charge of Watford's collision in Leicester following the resignation of Quique Sanchez Flores
- Watford travels in the Premier League to high-flying Leicester
- They are looking for a new manager after firing Quique Sanchez Flores
- The Hornets have announced that Hayden Mullins will take the lead against Leicester
- Watford is at the bottom of the table with eight points from 14 games
The lower club of the Premier League is looking for a third manager of the season after Quique Sanchez Flores was fired less than three months after replacing Javi Gracia
In a statement made Sunday was released, Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury said the appointment of a new head coach & # 39; imminent & # 39; used to be.Hayden Mullins will take charge of Watford & # 39; s away match in Leicester
A tweet from the Hornets on Monday confirmed that 40-year-old Mullins will lead the team against the second-placed Foxes.
Watford currently stands at the bottom of the Premier League table with only eight points
They fell on their eighth defeat of the season on Saturday after losing 2-1 against relegation rivals Southampton .Mullins (second left) will be desperate for Watford to produce a lively display in midweek
Give us a British manager! The Watford players want club leaders to appoint a homeland boss to replace the fired Quique Sanchez Flores with Chris Hughton and Paul Clement in the running
- Watford & # 39; s players want that club leaders appoint a manager of their own
- Quique Sanchez Flowers was fired again by the club after a series of bad results
- Chris Hughton and Paul Clement are strong contenders for the vacant position
The players of Watford want club heads end their recent recruitment policy and appoint a homegrown boss to replace the redundant Quique Sanchez Flores.
The 54-year-old, who only returned in September to replace Javi Gracia, was fired Sunday defeat by Southampton
Nine of their previous 10 appointments were foreign coaches , but, as revealed by Sportsmail on Sunday, Watford have shown a willingness to consider British managers by talking to at least two about the vacant role.Watford players want a homeland boss to get the fired Quique Sanchez Flores to replaceChris Hughton is such a & # 39; n manager who qualifies for the vacant Watford job
Chris Hughton and Paul Clement have talked about the job and there is a feeling g the team would respond to a British boss in their fight against relegation – particularly one with high motivation skills.
Sam Allardyce also has some support in the dressing room of Watford, where a number of players believe that it is a time home-grown manager got the reins.
But it remains to be seen whether the club will change tack at this stage.
Watford & # 39; s options are limited by their reluctance to dig deep into their pockets for a new manager.
They would prefer to appoint an unemployed coach to prevent a rival club from paying a fee to replace Flores.Paul Clement (left), who has previously served as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant, is another option
It was the third Premier League looting in the past two weeks and Watford, sitting at the bottom of the table and six points out of safety, hope to call their third campaign manager on Monday.
Flowers won only one of its 10 Premier League games and Sportsmail reported for the first time on November 7 that pressure on the Spaniard was increasing.
Sunday Watford chief Scott Duxbury labeled him as & a man of great integrity & # 39; but said & # 39; the results dictated our decision & # 39;
Hayden Mullins, under 23, train Monday and insiders believe the team needs a psychological shock as opposed to a major operation – following Flowers & # 39; suggestion that Saturday's collapse against Southampton made it was a result of mental vulnerability. He admitted after their 1-0 lead evaporated that & # 39; one goal for us is now a tragedy & # 39 ;.Sam Allardyce is another manager who has support within the Watford dressing room
If Watford persisted after Ismaila Sarr & # 39; s first half opener, they would have left the table with a second win in three games.
Instead of goals from Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse, Flores resigned when he last addressed the press as the club's manager.
& # 39; I'm just sad because if I can't help the team. I'm sorry, I'm sad for the fans, I'm sad for the players, for the owner and the future of the club of course, & he said.
& # 39; This is the way I choose. I can't regret that. If they come to my house to say & # 39; you can help us & # 39 ;, if I stay in my comfort zone, it's not me. & # 39; He added: & # 39; The worst thing for a coach is when you don't feel you have complete control over the situation and when the team is at the bottom, you don't. & # 39;
- Watford & Javi Gracia has emerged as a surprising candidate for the Chelsea job.
Watford's Javi Gracia & # 39; emerges as a shocking candidate alongside Frank Lampard for Chelsea job & # 39;
- is being considered
Club legend Frank Lampard – currently managing Derby – still a favorite to get the job done, but Chelsea is also considering other options.
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Watford boss Javi Gracia is considered a replacement for Maurizio Sarri
According to ESPN Gracia made an impression at height.
The Spaniard who previously coached in Spain, Greece and Russia, led Watford to the FA Final Cup last season, as well as an 11 The finish in the Premier LeagueSarri is about to join Juventus to take over despite the success of Europa League
The resignation of Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has also been mentioned, although the club is considered reluctant to appoint a third consecutive Italian manager after Sarri and Antonio Conte & # 39; s brief reigns. the club, Lampard, who just missed out on promoting Derby through his playoffs during his first season as a manager, is currently seen as Chelsea's favorite choice.
It is clear that Sarri informed Chelsea of his intention to return to Italy to manage Juventus during a Friday meeting, and the Blues are unlikely to stand in the way of Series A- champions pay £ 5 million in compensation.
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Each time images are shown of Watford's legendary manager, Graham Taylor, who led his match for the 1984 FA Cup final in Wembley, namesake Lesson
However, it was not intended to be that way. Club captain Pat Rice and Steve Sims were wounded and then Wilf Rostron was sent against Luton and suspended.
& # 39; I was actually only the fourth choice & # 39 ;, says Taylor. & # 39; Graham called me into his office Monday before the end and said it was a logical choice to wear the bracelet. Watford & FA Cup captain of the FA Cup, Les Taylor, pictured in Abingdon, Oxfordshire recently "class =" blkBorder img img img img img img img img img img img img img img img img img img img imford Watford & # 39; s 1984 FA Cup captain Les Taylor depicted in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
That Watford adorned the largest stage in English football was in itself surprising enough.
With rock star Elton John as chairman, Graham Taylor had the Hornets from the Fourth Division to the second-rate second-rate and the last Cup in seven years.
The remarkable story, with a team that included John Barnes and tabloid darling Mo Johnston, will no doubt be told again before Watford plays Manchester City in t
Taylor, a workman-like midfielder who is in 1980 from Oxford, recalls at the time that he was bumped from scratch into an opportunity that brought a nation to a halt.
& # 39; We knew it was all different when Michael Barrymore [comedian] was invited to us
& # 39; We looked at each other on & # 39;
& # 39; He tried to make Basil Fawlty-sketch, cut the waiters by the ear and drag them around. What the hell is happening here? "No one laughed.
& # 39; It was not Graham's idea. I think the organizers did it to make the final more showbizz.<img id = "i-abcd10d62567c706" src = "https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/05/11/21/13383622-7018743-image-m-25_1557606186487.jpg" height = "522" width = " 634 "alt =" Watford manager Graham Taylor (left) next to club president Elton John in May 1984 "class =" blkBorder img Watford manager Graham Taylor (left) next to club president Elton John in May 1984
In reality, Watford did not need any extra showbiz with his flamboyant & # 39; Rocketman & # 39; Elton in charge. ] & # 39; We were known around the world for Elton & # 39 ;, says Les. & # 39; There were a few good extras. Every year we arranged a fantastic tour; Jamaica, Thailand, Singapore, China.
& # 39; Elton was knowledgeable about the game and we would see him in training and games.
& # 39; Every year he would host a summer party at his home in Windsor. Everyone at the club was invited, from laundress to player, and we would end up with guests like Rod Stewart and Elton & # 39; s mother.
& # 39; Kiki Dee was my pin-up and she was there for one year. I went with my wife and had to apologize for her fainting about Kiki.
& # 39; Elton meant so much to the club. I never told him, but if we had won the final, I would have encouraged him to take the cup. & # 39;
The key moment arrived after 51 minutes when Andy Gray controversially took the second goal and arrived at Watford goalkeeper Steve Sherwood at the same time.
Taylor started his Watford team at Wembley Stadium for the 1984 FA Cup final against Everton
& # 39; At that time, they let you challenge the keeper. We would put one in the 18-yard box for George Reilly and he would just hit the keeper. You would get away with things like that, & Taylor says. & # 39; Steve Sherwood was 6ft 4in and in retrospect he should have just eaten and smashed Andy Gray.
& # 39; It was a fairly soft goal from our point of view. I stood on the edge of the box waiting for a knockdown.
& To be honest with Andy Gray, he was brave, he could easily have let his head hit. I had a chance at 0-0 but cut it in half and John Bailey cleared the line.WATFORD: Sherwood, Bardsley EVERTON: Southall, Stevens, Bailey, Ratcliffe (capt), Mountfield, Reid, Steven, Heath, Sharp, John Hunting
& # 39; The strangest thing was that our front four didn't function on the day. Maurice Johnston, George Reilly, John Barnes and Nigel Callaghan usually had enough goals.
Barnes went on to have a great career with Liverpool. & # 39; I think he was still in Jamaica when he came to England. & # 39;
& # 39; Even at that age he was confident, he was happy. & # 39;
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There will also be sorrow.
There will also be grief that Graham Taylor will not be there to see his old club club in Wembley for a final second cup, after his death in 2017.<img id = "i-92760cbb14ddf1a0" src = "https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/05/11/21/13383688-7018743-image-a-28_1557606548406.jpg" height = "423" width = "634" alt = "<img id =" i-92760cbb14ddf1a0 "src =" https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/05/11/21/13383688-7018743- image-a-28_1557606548406.jpg "height =" 423 "width =" 634 "alt =" Taylor helped Watford finish second in both the First Division and the Second Class in the 1980s
Taylor helped Watford as finishing second in both the First Division and the Second Division in the 1980s
& Graham was on top of everything as a manager. Only after I stopped playing did I realize how good he was, "says Taylor, who is now in charge of the academy in League One Oxford.
& # 39; He was the first manager to actually use statistics.
& # 39; He would have someone in the stands who collected the number of shots, crosses and passes for each player. No computers, all written down.
& # 39; All players had to live within five miles of Vicarage Road. That way I knew where we were and whether we were going out.
& # 39; But Graham had that if someone got into trouble, he would have been
& # 39; If we hadn't done it. & # 39;
& # 39; I have never seen Graham fall out of any of the players, but I had that discipline.
It is not surprising that 62-year-old Les Troy chooses Deeney as his favorite in the current Watford team.
& # 39; I would like to have played with Troy. & # 39;
& # 39; He works hard for the team & # 39 ;, says the last cup final captain of the club about the next one. & # 39; An old-fashioned Watford player. & # 39;