Manager of the season?

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by hornetboy1, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    If City win the quadruple then it's not even a discussion, however, if Watford do win the FA Cup and finish 7th, what do you think of Gracia's chances of becoming the manager of the season?

    If City win the Premier league and CL with the Carabao Cup already in the bag, then it will still go to Pep.

    But if Liverpool win the league, and City don't win the CL, then there's every possibility Javi could win it.

    You could only really have Pep, Klopp, Gracia and maybe Nuno Espírito Santo in the running.

    I can't think of any other candidates really, at this stage, unless Spurs or United win the CL, then of course Poch or OGS would come into the equation.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019
  2. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    NES will get it. Wolves are having a brilliant season, donchaknow.
  3. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

  4. reids

    reids Squad Player

    Outside chance of Warnock if Cardiff manages to stay up. That team was barely top half Championship quality last season yet he somehow managed to get them promoted, to keep them in the division whilst barely strengthening at all would be a massive massive feat. But then again such feats are often overlooked at these sort of awards.
  5. cfdr0ftaW

    cfdr0ftaW Academy Graduate

    He'd have to get 7th AND the FA Cup to stand a chance, but for me he's already manager of the season (unless Pep does the quad). For what he's achieved in comparison to what was expected back in August, no-one comes close.

    - NES has done well but plenty were predicting a 7th place finish for them.
    - City challenging on four fronts is not a surprise.
    - Spurs winning the CL would be incredible, but let's face it, it's Spurs (I'll caveat that by saying I'd love to be proved wrong, would be an amazing achievement for Poch)

    Absolutely no-one, not even the most optimistic of Hornets fans (I mean, look at the state of this thread:, seriously predicted anything like the season we are having. Top half seemed like a remote possibility, if the stars aligned, but highly unlikely due to the lack of investment in defence. An FA Cup run is always possible, but the final? We've had a fairly kind run of draws, but would anyone have batted an eyelid if we'd gone out from the 4th round onward?

    Manager of the season should be the one who does most with what he has. That is Javi.
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  6. BusheyOrn

    BusheyOrn First Year Pro

    Vic & HB1 predictions are holding out pretty well....
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  7. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    ""Should be" are the key words. It'll be Pep or Klopp
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  8. cfdr0ftaW

    cfdr0ftaW Academy Graduate

    Vic's was actually outstanding. Alcacer choosing some industrial backwater in the Ruhr over leafy Herts is the only thing that really let him down.
  9. vic-rijrode

    vic-rijrode First Year Pro

    the git....
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  10. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Reservist

    Considering how the media and general bias favour the usual suspects, Watford would have to play the entire
    final juggling sticks of fire and win, finish 7th, win every leauge match from now till the end by an average
    score of 5-0, and run through the town with sticks chasing snakes out of the city parameter to even stand
    a chance.

    On a less cynical note - yes he deserves it.
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  11. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Keyboard Warrior Staff Member

    It’s pretty simple.

    If city win the league their manager wins
    If Liverpool win the league their manager wins

    They are the only two possible candidates and the only two routes to winning.

    Absolutely preposterous to think otherwise now the beloved Wolves are out of the cup
  12. If they give MOTS to our gurning fool it will be a travesty. Pep should get it, for next season as well.
  13. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Where did @Meh! disappear to?
  14. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    If Liverpool win the league Klopp will get it. Healed two decades of hurt etc etc etc. Nobody will bat an eyelid at expenditure. Pep needs quad imo with his Petro Dollar advantage. Gracia should get it really with Nuno second but he won't.
  15. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    The great forum in the sky with Nnnn et al?
  16. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Was wondering this the other day.

    Sometimes the forum can lack closure.
  17. Mighty Mo

    Mighty Mo Reservist

    Sir Eddie of Howe
  18. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! First Year Pro

    In a strange way, I came away with more respect for Nuno than before. Now, he got it wrong at Wembley (and certainly isn't up to the level of Javi), but that game hit home that Wolves really don't have much in reserve. Hadn't been following them that closely this season so I kind of played down their achievements on the basis of how much money they've spent, but he's done a fine job to get them to the brink of a possible European spot.

    Javi MotS for me so far, unless we tail off and City/Liverpool do something mental
  19. I think Javi should be in with a serious shout for this accolade, but I doubt he will get it as one of the MONEYBAGS BIG TEAM managers will probably get it, which IMO would be a travesty :rolleyes:
  20. Meister

    Meister Administrator Staff Member

    Moog lost the password
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  21. Hornet4ever

    Hornet4ever WFC Forums Last Man Standing Winner 2018/2019

    Plopp unfortunately.
  22. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    That's a whole defence we've lost.
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  23. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Malt is still around. The others, I have no idea.
  24. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Wolves seem v one dimensional. This one dimension is good but they always play the same formation. A thoughtful manager, such as Javi, will find ways around it.

    Also, I was surprised by Nuno losing it towards the end. Kicking bottles around like a kid.

    Javi's calmness was, I am sure, instrumental in our comeback.
  25. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    I saw Kelso more in the #9 role.

    Our Mo Johnston.
  26. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

  27. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Not sure. I would have thought a natural LB of the Holebas/Robbo mould, but with a 10x worse disciplinary record.
  28. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    I see him as a hybrid Jimmy Greaves/Chris Packham.
  29. vic-rijrode

    vic-rijrode First Year Pro

    You mean like this:

    Even has the right colours.....
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  30. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! First Year Pro

    We're still in the hunt for a Europa League Injury League spot, but it makes good reading to see us not running away with it like we had been for the past two seasons!
  31. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    I for one really hope he returns to the forum just before we play Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Europa League...
  32. LondonOrn

    LondonOrn Reservist

    Even if we get battered in the final, 7th place should be enough to get Javi MOTS. George Burley got it at Ipswich when they finished 5th despite them not coming close to winning anything, and Liverpool winning the treble.

    Well let's hope, but to be even having this discussion so late in the season shows how fantastic this one has been...
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  33. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Maybe one third Peter Scott, two thirds Oliver Reed.

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