Will he be here next season?

  1. Yes. In the Championship

    0 vote(s)
  2. Yes. In the EPL

    16 vote(s)
  3. No. We will go up and ditch him

    37 vote(s)
  4. No. We give him the boot for overseeing a calamitous end to the season.

    2 vote(s)
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  1. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    I think this is perhaps more interesting than potential summer transfers. Although he has done a tremendous job so far, do we think GP will trust him next season?

    Personally, I would like to see him at Watford next season.
  2. Sahorn

    Sahorn Reservist

    He doesn’t have the necessary coaching badges to qualify him to coach an EPL first team?

    Has this changed?
  3. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    No idea
  4. Hornpete

    Hornpete Squad Player

    We'll have no manager next year. Just an extra kit man called Munoz who makes some decisions on the line up.
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  5. WatfordTalk

    WatfordTalk First Team

    As much as I like him, I never saw him leading us in the PL. But I'm starting to think he may be worth the risk, our squad may be very good at this level but as Bournemouth (and us under Ivic) have shown, that doesn't guarantee results.

    It seems his main strength so far is building up squad morale. It'd be interesting to see if he managed to keep everyone motivated and happy if we went on an extended losing run in the PL.
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  6. PowerJugs

    PowerJugs Doyley Fanatic


    "If Watford win promotion they will require special dispensation from the Premier League and UEFA to allow Xisco to remain as head coach... The course takes 18 months to complete and Munoz would, at the very least, need to begin his course in the summer and be able to explain the reasons for the delay. If the pandemic has contributed to him not being able to begin the course, it is thought that would be considered as a valid excuse."
  7. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Reservist

    The football wouldn't be fantastic, but I'd love to have Rafa next season 'on loan' and have Xisco move to the coaching staff while he studies for his badges. Would make sense as they already have a close relationship, although I don't know if we'd be an attractive enough proposition, best case scenario we face a battle for survival next season
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  8. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    We'll also lose Troy, but gain an extra mascot. Barry the Hornet, will be trudging around in a xxxl costume by the food stalls.
    SkylaRose likes this.
  9. Steve Leo Beleck

    Steve Leo Beleck Squad Player

    We'll keep him and then sack him before Christmas.
  10. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    Cant see him staying on at all of we’re promoted, after the shock of relegation, I can’t see Gino trusting £100m+ a year to a pat them on the bum and go play type manager.
  11. Malteser2

    Malteser2 First Year Pro

    I would be heartbroken if he wasn’t here next season.

    If it ain’t broke....
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  12. Steve Leo Beleck

    Steve Leo Beleck Squad Player

    Whole idea that you need to do a course to be a football coach is complete nonsense. Sure, do it if you want to and they should mandate the safeguarding aspect of it but the idea you need some UEFA endorsed turn-up-pay-some-dosh-and-get-a-certificate course to understand the game is preposterous. Presume it's some sort of money spinner for the federations?
  13. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    If we finish the season playing at anything like the level we've been playing at, XM will have earned more respect than this. Surely?
  14. Oscar calling

    Oscar calling Squad Player

    I suspect GP already has a new manager lined up if we go up.
  15. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

  16. Supertommymooney

    Supertommymooney Reservist

    That's the Watford way, my friend.

    We have to keep the traditions of the club alive.
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  17. LeedsOrn

    LeedsOrn First Year Pro

    CF5DA9FA-40A9-40E4-9958-68D1E52981F0.jpeg Cant see the badges issue being a problem. When have the Premier League ever forced a team to part ways with a manager who is already in situ and got his team promoted. Would be qualitatively different from not approving the new appointment of a non-qualified manager. So they’ll grant dispensation, the question is will/should we seek it?

    With the caveat that what we see as fans at matches etc can be just a tip of the iceberg of the manager’s overall work through the week, I think it’s hard to argue that he shouldn’t be given a chance. His record is phenomenal per almost every metric (PPG, win percentage, clean sheet percentage, goals, goals against, xG, xGA).

    This is a chart I saw on Twitter from one of the MRKT Insights guys. Basically it says that Xisco’s xPTS per game (expected points based on underlying performances per xG and xGA) is better than anyone else in the Championship in the last 6 years other than Bielsa who he is ever so marginally behind and way clear of everyone else. The y-axis shows that we’ve overperformed that metric too.

    I haven’t crunched the numbers but I’d imagine that no manager has gained more than Xisco’s 2.25 PPG during that period either - and that’s without a pre-season or anything too.

    Edit: forgot to insert the graph!
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2021 at 8:50 PM
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  18. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    What like Joka did?

    Gino appoints managers for a specific task in hand, and the task in hand next season will be completely different to this season. I mean, the similarities to our last promotion season with Ivic then Munoz compared to Beppe then Joka are quite remarkable.

    The difference this time round is that with the shock of a relegation Gino will be even less likely to stick with Munoz than he even was with Joka.
  19. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    Surely most fans think of XM as more than a glorified cheerleader!

    Agreed re Gino's attitude, however. I have a feeling that keeping XM will be less of a punt than getting someone new in.
  20. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    God knows. Getting rid of the 'feel good' managers is always the riskiest of the various flavours of Pozzo sacking. It's much easier to bin off the disciplinarian or the dead duck.

    What I would say is if we do sack him I think the tidal wave of disbelief from the media types will be up there with anything we've seen before.
  21. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    Yep. This time it will be even tougher to prove those critics wrong.
  22. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Probably but then they shouldn’t be that surprised.
  23. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    Presumably Gino appointed Munoz with the aim and expectation of promotion, otherwise why did he appoint him? So if it’s achieved surely it won’t really have any bareing on the outcome of him staying?
  24. Chumlax

    Chumlax Reservist

    How many times has that situation arisen, though?

    I'm not aware of any, and although that clearly doesn't guarantee that it has never happened, I'm fairly confident it makes it pretty likely that the answer is at least a very, very low number indeed.
  25. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    I honestly hope we sack him before the end of this season.
  26. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    Just before the Brentford game would give a nice symmetry with last season.
  27. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    Who do you want to replace him?
  28. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    That would be pretty special tbf
  29. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    But at the same time perfectly plausible (for us) and not without precedent.
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  30. Teide1

    Teide1 Squad Player

    I think there is a quite a high chance something like this will happen, Could be Xisco manager but overseen by Rafa, who I believe is acquainted with Gino!
  31. BigRossLittleRoss

    BigRossLittleRoss First Team

    What you mean UEFA and FIFA would do something like that ?
  32. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    Any mad Italian I've never heard of, who looks smashing in a suit, smokes a pack of Camels a day, and who makes the ladies drip like a gritter lorry at the lights. Someone that has a tactical mastery of football the equivalent of a grand master in chess.

    Basically the complete opposite of the fat whelk we've got. Did you see the state of him in that nasty 3 piece suit the other day? Looked like he'd stepped straight out of Moss Bros and was heading to a wedding in Mill End. Awful.
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  33. I hope he'll be here next year for the sole reason that every new manager who comes in gets sold on the Troy Deeney bull. At least Disco has been through that and come out the other side.
  34. Wexford-yellow

    Wexford-yellow Academy Graduate

    Was there something about Joka wanting a big pay rise though or was that just nonsense
  35. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    Shame Paolo Maldini never ventured into management, eh.

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