18 July 2024

Watford release a ‘club statement’ about manager Valerien Ismael after sluggish start to the Championship season… but it’s not what everyone expects!

Watford release a ‘club statement’ about manager Valerien Ismael after sluggish start to the Championship season… but it’s not what everyone expects!When Watford tweeted out a ‘club statement’ concerning manager Valerien Ismael, fans thought they knew exactly what was coming.

 

With the Hornets a lowly 20th in the Championship table and a long-established reputation for being trigger-happy with bosses, most assumed Ismael had been axed.Watford put out the statement at 11.45am on Tuesday morning, saying they were ‘pleased to confirm’ that Ismael, 48, had extended his existing contract along broadly the same terms

Watford put out the statement at 11.45am on Tuesday morning, saying they were ‘pleased to confirm’ that Ismael, 48, had extended his existing contract along broadly the same terms.

 

featured a quote from sporting director Cristiano Giaretta that said: ‘The owner, the board and all of the senior management team have enjoyed getting to know and understanding Valerien and his methods.

 

‘It’s true we haven’t achieved the points we would like yet, but it’s the work and the progress we can see that gives us great confidence.

 

‘It’s like others have said this season; you can feel and sense that we are changing here and there is a positive atmosphere everywhere.

 

‘We have told the first-team players and staff who have reacted positively, so now we all must focus on our work – the match at Sunderland tomorrow night.’

 

Former Barnsley and West Bromwich Albion coach Ismael only arrived at Vicarage Road at the beginning of the summer.

 

But given Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family, had got through 19 managers in 11 years, it certainly wasn’t too soon for Ismael to be shown the door.

 

‘I can’t be the only one who thought of something different to a contract extension,’ one fan replied to Watford’s post on

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