Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A Crystal Ball Would Be Handy, Right About Now.

So here we are, friends.

At the final knockings of a season that promised so much but ultimately, delivered only a little.

There have been some fantastic wins and an hour or so of dreamland, up at the Etihad.

There has been the introduction of the fantastic Daniel Tozser to the playing staff, along with a promising cameo towards the end, from the very experienced Albert Riera. Two players I would very much like to see starting next season in Watford yellow.

Gabriele Angella appears to have all the talent to be a top class defender and Troy Deeney has again excelled, enjoying another season where he has contributed 20 plus goals. We can only hope they give us another season.

Young Uche Ikpeazu had a fine spell on loan at League One Crewe and he will come back all the better for it.

I don't really feel the need to pick apart, or indeed highlight the numerous lows, specifically. They are clear for all to see but it is worth reminding ourselves that the loss of Almen Abdi for most of the season, coupled with the recent loss of Fernando Forestieri and several interrupted parts of the season for Ikechi Anya, all through injury, coupled with the loss of consistent good form for key players from last season (especially Manuel Aluminia and Joel Ekstrand), has majorly contributed towards the season melting away into nothingness.

Sannino sympathizers such as myself, were asked the other day by a fine, upstanding Watford Supporter on Twitter, how we would feel about Sannino, should the final two games be lost, making it four defeats on the spin.

I must admit, I would be wavering at that point.

As much as I feel that Sannino has done a good job ensuring we were not sucked into a relegation dogfight and my gut feeling is, at this moment in time, that he has done enough to be given the summer and the start of next season to prove he can move us forward, to end the season on such a low would tarnish his image, for me.

Bottom line is the owners want Premier League Football and of course, so do we.

Entering their third season in the Championship, the Pozzos will be (as much as financial constraints allow) moving hell and high water to ensure promotion is achieved at the end of the 2014/15 season. If the owners see fit to change the Head Coach, then so be it.

Perhaps, the timing is wrong for Beppe to be the man. Had he come in at the start of the Pozzo revolution and led us to a top half finish in his first season, then maybe he would have had a chance to bed in differently and maybe this season would have been glorious. Maybe he has done the job he was brought in for.

Only the privileged few are genuinely 'in the know' but one thing is for sure, we lose these last two games and the writing could (and probably should) be on the wall for the man whose passion has been infectious, for me.

But as someone on social media pointed out the other day, it is results, not 'sharp suits and jumping around a bit' that count, at the end of the day.

Very much time to go with the flow, I think.

How the flow goes will be an interesting ride once again, I'm sure.


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  1. Reading after The Charlton result and sounds about right.

  2. Please God let us sign off in style against Huddersfield on Saturday. Season has been grotty.

  3. Season has been woeful on the pitch but off it is moving a pace. be great to have a 4 sided ground. Now to get a team to match the owners ambitions. COYH!