While admitting Watford have changed the way they work and new manager Rob Edwards will be supported “through hell and high water”, chairman Scott Duxbury also said the club would still have made the managerial appointments it did last season. pass.
“I say that because we believed that every coach we appointed would find the magic formula with what we believed to be a talented team of players,” he said. “But it also became clear, during the season, that we had to change our thought process. It’s not just about changing coaches. We had to find a coach who shared our values at work, with the way we want to play and with the direction we want the club to take. And then it’s about sticking with that coach and believing in him.
“Communication is key. We had a number of different coaches not communicating with the fans, not communicating with the players, and we just didn’t have a seamless way of working. The way we communicated was not at the level we needed to push the club forward, and Rob Edwards gives us that.”
To be fair to the coaches, do you think that last season you had a squad that was as committed to the club as it should have been?
Duxbury responded: “I think it’s up to the coach to get that commitment from the players, get that bond and make things work. For a variety of reasons, that didn’t happen.
“Roy Hodgson’s away record was excellent: points at Man United and Burnley, wins at Southampton and Aston Villa. But he never made it home. Is it the coach’s fault? Is it the fault of the players? Or is it a problem because the culture at the club was not right? I think it was a cultural problem.
“I don’t think you can blame last season on a coach or a player. The culture was wrong. Fixing that takes time, patience, and believing in a person that you think can really create that culture and show the right leadership.
“If the coach creates that culture and gets his team to buy into his message, they will fight for him and for each other. You can’t do that overnight, constantly changing coaches and thinking ‘he’ll do it, no, he’ll do it, no, he’ll do it.’ You have to find the right person, show trust in that person, and then work with them to get what you’ve been looking for.
“The constant change model has brought periods of success, but it is clearly not delivering the sustained success we want. That is why we have changed our philosophy.
“Were we immune to the criticism we received for changing coaches? No, and it was fair. Do I think sometimes we don’t get enough credit? Yes. We hear a lot about the amazing things that other clubs have achieved in the media and yet we have achieved it too and we don’t get credit for it.
“The reason we don’t get credit is because the media is focused on changing our coaches.
“We want our fans to be proud of their team and their club. I don’t want our fans to constantly read and listen to the media ridiculing us for the regular change of coaches. I’ve been proud of the club for the last ten years, but I can also see why the fans haven’t. I want them to feel pride again, and that is what has driven the change.”