Pozzo out

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by wfcmoog, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    Thanks for the last few years but you've taken the club as far as you can.

    Please leave
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  2. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    The Pozzo's know what they are doing.
  3. Manatleisure

    Manatleisure Reservist

    I don't want them out. I remember when we were a yo-yo club. Including what is now league 1.
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  4. Burnsy

    Burnsy Reservist

    This thread is going to go down like a lead balloon.
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  5. vic-rijrode

    vic-rijrode First Year Pro

    There are those on this forum who might have taken their comments on the Pozzos as far as they can. Maybe they should leave instead.
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  6. Burnsy

    Burnsy Reservist

    Giraldi out first and see what effect that has.
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  7. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    I want my season ticket money back.

    Pozzos are fit to get a club out of the championship but are out of their depth in the premier league.
  8. IRB

    IRB THe artist formally know as ImRonBurgundy?

    Trust in Ponzo
  9. Keighley

    Keighley Reservist

    Best scouting network in the world. Proved it again this window.
  10. a19tgg

    a19tgg Reservist

    Yet have kept us up three seasons in a row?
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  11. WatfordTalk

    WatfordTalk Squad Player

    Don’t bite
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  12. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    It's been a good run but they can't compete.

    We sneer at the owners if other clubs, but with the possible exception of Cardiff and Huddersfield, they will finish above us.

    The Pozzo way is the way if failure.

    We can only refuse to pay market prices and get away with it for so long
  13. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    This is a wind-up isn't it ?
    Yes we may well go down and had what most would see as a disappointing window but do you really think we will easily attract owners who will bankroll the club to guarantee prem survival and "take us to the next level"?
    Personally I think we will struggle to stay up this and future seasons but that will be the case for all bar the top 6 or 7.
    That said it was a very disappointing window and I don't know if they misjudged what was required to bring players in or are just over confident having never been in a relegation fight in this league so far.
  14. Roger Irrelevant

    Roger Irrelevant Reservist

    I feel history has been unkind to Larry Baz. You knew where you stood with him.
  15. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    I know moog isn't on a wind up as he has made it known on here for a while about his displeasure of the owners.

    Was this window frustrating? Yes. Do we have a decent squad? Pretty much on par with a number of clubs in this league.

    The Pozzos have never been mega rich, they have never claimed to be huge Watford fans, they are businessmen who know their football business. They are not going to destroy the club, they have been reasonably prudent and that will continue. We have no divine right to stay in this league and if we do go down I have every confidence that the club won't implode financially or fall further mainly because they have their investment to protect.

    For all of the huge amount of money spent by other clubs this summer, many would be hit very hard if they were to go down, particularly if Fulham for example can't get their season going despite the number of signings. Also as had been said in another thread, failing to land or first or second choice is not an invitation to throw needless money at the likes of Arter, Livermore et al, who either wouldn't play every week or are no better than we already have; and then we would have to sell what we already have afterwards, of which there's no guarantee.

    Although the Pozzo's are not above criticism, I think that in the grand scheme of things I'd rather a dull transfer window than to play roulette with the club's finances. We have seen the likes of Wague, Zeegelaar, Djedje, etc and they are a hindrance; I'd much rather we got in Wilmot and Quina as we did as these do fit the Pozzo model; therefore on that front the transfer window may not have been what people expected but it certainly wasn't a failure.
  16. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Yes, Pozzos out!

    And also kneecap all our players and sack all the management and officials. No exceptions. And burn down the stadium, then sell the land off for housing. Then finally resign from the league!

    It sounds radical I know, but it's the only way to sort out the rotten-to-the-core state of our club.

    Purge with fire. Tough love. Who else is with us?
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
  17. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason The One and Only

    Typical Commie ;)
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  18. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    I'm not Clive - though only because it's so poorly planned. If you sack everyone and burn everything down, who's going to be around to type the resignation letter to the league at the end?
  19. a19tgg

    a19tgg Reservist

    They can’t be judged to be out of their depth in the PL until we get relegated from it. We won’t know if thag is a serious risk this season until about 10 games from now. In three seasons we’ve never been in the relegation zone, so far they’ve operated us as a successful PL club with plenty of room to spare.
  20. vic-rijrode

    vic-rijrode First Year Pro

    All of this "so-called" ground improvement is irrelevant compared to the length of Holebas' contract.
  21. Sign up Maduro as honorary president. He can do it if the drones don't get him.
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  22. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    You may enjoy supporting an infrastructure project, but I support a football team
  23. Bah humbug.
  24. AndrewH63

    AndrewH63 Reservist

    Hopefully Usmanov will buy us in November when he gets his £500 million for the Arsenal shares. that should leave £200 million for the January 2019 window. The failure of the Pozzos to introduce Ribolla Gialla at the club bar this season really is the last straw. We need to replace the Italians with th Russian flair and integrity that Usmanov can bring to the club.
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  25. Robert Peel

    Robert Peel Reservist

    Yes, we need to unleash a Yellow Terror. Purge our club of these parasitic elements.
  26. Loyalhornet

    Loyalhornet Academy Graduate

  27. R4E

    R4E Reservist


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  28. Abso

    Abso First Year Pro

    And the Pozzo's haven't improved that?
    Your signature says "Father of the modern Watford FC" yet you don't imbrace it or support it. You are like a father who has had his own son far surpass his own achievements and has become bitter towards he who he "loves"
  29. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    In fairness, he's probably a better set-piece taker than anyone we've got now.
  30. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    We made a pre-tax profit of, what, 1 million last season?

    Not sure quite how much more people think we can reasonably spend than we already are.

    EDIT: here are the figures per the Irish Times:


    WATFORD - Accounts for the year to 30 June 2017
    £124m (16th highest in league
    Wages £75m (15th highest, 60per cent of turnover)
    Profit before tax £3m (up from £2m in 2016)
    Ownership Owned by Gino Pozzo via Hornets Management SA, registered in Luxembourg.
    Match day £8m
    Media and broadcasting £110m
    Commercial £5m
    Other income £2m
    Net debt Not stated; £57m loans
    Interest payable £3m
    Highest-paid director Not stated
    State they’re in Dreamland for Watford compared with where the club was before the multi-club-owning Pozzo family took over in 2012. The scouting and management system incorporated with other Pozzo clubs, particularly Udinese, has established Watford in the Premier League while the finances are stewarded steadily. Loans are relatively high, though, including £55m at 6per cent above base rates from the London finance house XXIII Capital and £20m from a source identified only as “a third party”.

    16th highest turnover. That means as of when the article was written there were only 4 clubs in the league with less spending power than us, and we made 3 million profit PRE TAX. We're basically spending everything we can.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
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    Isn't the old Hitler shirt fab?
  32. Keighley

    Keighley Reservist

    At the risk of stating the obvious - we have sold a player for upwards of £40m since then...
  33. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Plus I dare say there will be a few "group" costs burried there to make sure that the tax bill isn't too high.....
    i've not bothered looking at the accounts but presumably the debt is largely owed to the Pozzos and Group companies which won't theoretically ever need to be repaid (it would be written off as part of the sale proceeds if and when they sell).
  34. Since63

    Since63 Reservist

    "Pozzo out"? This injury crisis is getting beyond a joke now.

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