Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by The Voice of Reason, Mar 5, 2015.
After losing four in a row...
After the boxing day debacle...
Quite amazing really how tight its been all season, even when we've accelerated in form.
Gadzooks, we came out of nowhere!
They've been saving the "came out of nowhere line" for Norwich, who ****ed it up. To be fair when you ignore a team all season and they end up winning the league, it must certainly seem like they "came out of nowhere".
All this talk of Bournemouth, the media are missing the real story of the season. How Watford bravely fought back from a 7th place relegation scrap to storm six places to the title.
Books shall be written of these feats.
Joking aside, should we win the title our story is quite unusual in itself.
Beaten to the 2nd place finish two years ago, knocked out in the final to a last minute penalty, then straight into a poor follow up campaign. Roll on 2014/15. One head coach resigns with the club positioned excellently, reportedly down to a player power issue. The second resigns less than a month after being appointed due to heart issues that hospitalised him. The third head coach is sacked in less than a week and is replaced with a man from the Spanish third division. The fourth struggles to impose himself amid the disharmony and enters a very poor run as a result. He draws a line in the sand, takes on player power and ousts the worst offenders, and moulds the side into a team that finally reflects the talent of the individuals in it.
It's hardly rags-to-riches, but it's a significant achievement no matter how you slice it. To have all those things go on in the background and still guide the club to the top of the table with 2 games to go is remarkable.
I think half of the problem is the fact that the media howled with derision when we appointed our 4th head coach of the season. They all nailed their colours firmly to the mast then, making the club an object of ridicule, and Joka has showed them up completely.
And won my heart in the process.
Serious advice sought - if our automatic promotion chances go to the wire on Saturday 2nd May, I shall be sat on a plane that lands at Gatwick at 13:30......do I
a) keep my phone on and use mid air 4G with the slim chance that the plane might go down due to my antics but I will at least know the half time score.....
b) charm the pilot into letting me use his radio to listen to the scores as the matches take place....
c) **** my pants and hold my breath until the plane touches down at which point I will switch on my phone and have a zillion texts saying we're either winning 5-0 and have nailed it or bloody hell it looks like the play offs again.....
d) other solutions to my predicament kindly received apart from don't go on holiday!
It's got to be c)! You wouldn't be the only one ******** your pants if it goes to the wire.
d1) politely inform the cabin crew that there is a highly important game going on and ask them if they can keep you appraised of developments.
On the vast majority of flights they'll have a way to get the info for you. Ask nicely and they'll almost certainly oblige.
Both Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday have conceded surprisingly few goals this season:
Wednesday have actually conceded few goals than us.
Also wonder if there would have been the same level of acrimony if we had appointed an English / British manager as the 4th. Nothing to fire up the media than some xenophobic hypocrisy.
A couple of months ago I was listening to Talk Sport and the presenter was telling a Leeds caller that having 4 managers in a season was not on, the caller brought up Watford but the presenter said we had mitigating circumstances insofar as the first resigned, the second was I'll, so it wasn't a valid point.
So it does seem that someone out there does appreciate the situation.
I never said he was very bright
Please carry on this thread's discussions in the lighter version... here
It wasn't only the media that howled with derision. There was also me, and one or two others.
Oh well, at least we were right about Bas.
Lock it and link onto the other thread on the last post?