Broken Jaws and Takeover - A Watford story

June 27, 2012 in Championship

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Troy Deeney was yesterday jailed for 10 months following a brawl outside a nightclub in Birmingham. Deeney’s 12 goals last season helped Watford to 11th position in the Championship; a very credible position considering they were heavily tipped as dead certs for relegation.

The former Walsall striker was caught on CCTV kicking one of his victims in the head following a street brawl with several students. In light of the evidence, he pleaded guilty and was charged with affray.

Deeney, 23, blossomed following the January departure of leading goalscorer Marvin Sordell to Bolton, and became the focal point of an exciting young attack. Hopes were high for next season following a strong end to the previous, and Watford were hoping to keep the majority of their players.

Obviously, now this won’t happen, and Watford will need to find a striker to replace him, with only the aging Chris Iwelumo and inconsistent Joe Garner recognized as first team members. Both look incapable of posing much of a threat at Championship level.

In other Watford news, a takeover lead by the Pozzo family looks close to completion with the board announcing today that: “Despite the recent remarks, the deal for the sale of Watford FC to the Pozzo family is progressing nicely. There is no issue with funds and both parties are hoping to conclude shortly.”

Those issues to which the statement refer were made earlier this week by current owner Laurence Bassini, but the issue now seems to be resolved, but this being Watford, I would hesitate to say that with complete certainty.

Watford fans are still unsure of the Pozzo’s family’s motive for buying the club. The Pozzo family, who are owners of the Italian side Udinese, recently bought Spanish club Granada, and have used it to bring Italian youngsters through rather than promote Grenadian homegrown talent. Given the current quality of Watford’s youth set-up, fans are afraid the Italian take over might signal the end of the production coming out of the Harefield Academy.

The takeover might also signal the end of Sean Dyche’s promising reign, with Gianfranco Zola being linked with the post, should the takeover go through. This again would be a shame with Dyche stabalising the club and its backroom staff following the sudden departure of Malky Mackay to Cardiff last summer.