What is Watford’s transfer strategy this summer? Will they break the bank to land their targets? The thoughts of chief executive Scott Duxbury are in this week’s issue of WD Sport, which is out now.
“We’ll set certain wage structures to certain positions,” said Duxbury. “We won’t breach it. Even if a player comes along who is on a ridiculous wage, we won’t do it.”
There is an interview with Mario Suarez who says he doesn’t regret turning down Valencia to join Watford, despite a disappointing start to life at Vicarage Road. “It’s not a year I would recommend to any footballer,” Suarez said. “It’s been very complicated.”
There is also a feature on Watford’s scholars who do not have it quite as easy as people think. “We get the boys to clean the first team players’ boots, pump up balls, move goals across the training pitch and any other odd jobs,” said under-18 coach David Horseman.
There is a fascinating Q&A with Watford crowd pleaser Craig Ramage. “Glenn Roeder told me in his office and he told me I was overweight, which I was to be completely honest because I’d had a couple of holidays and enjoyed myself in the summer,” said Ramage.
Former Watford Operations Manager Iain Moody, who went onto to hold senior recruitment roles at Cardiff and Crystal Palace, gives us an exclusive insight into what the summer transfer window is like. “The foreign market represents such good value as it’s easy to find good French players on 15 or 20 grand a week. English players of a similar standard will be on around £30,000 a week so you can see why Watford’s focus is overseas,” he said.
We also catch up with former Hornet Alex Campana, who is now at Berkhamsted. He tells us about playing against Gareth Bale while he was at Vicarage Road. Another ex-Horn, Ben Herd, has just made the switch from Hemel Hempstead to St Albans. We speak to the right-back about being reunited with his old manager Ian Allinson. “I have always kept in touch with him because I used to play with his son Lee when I was at Watford,” Herd said.
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