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‘The Pozzo family have changed the whole direction of the club’

Sean Dyche says Watford are unrecognisable from the club he managed, and that he’s enjoyed seeing Troy Deeney flourish.

Deeney scored the final goal of Dyche’s reign in the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough before the Pozzos, together with Scott Duxbury and Gianluca Nani, rode into town, replaced Dyche with Gianfranco Zola and changed the face of the club. They’ve not looked back since.

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“It’s a completely different club from when I was there, the Pozzo family have changed the whole direction of the club, and moved it on,” Dyche said in his pre-match press conference. The manager sent two of his assistants to check on the Hornets against Manchester United.

“Woany [Ian Woan] and Tony [Loughlan] went to the game and they look a good side, they have a big playing staff in terms of numbers, and have kept changing the manager, but they’ve had success with that,” said Dyche.

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Deeney has been the one common thread amid the managerial upheaval.

“Troy has continued to develop each year, and he’s a great example, he’s done a fine job,” said Dyche. “My staff and myself worked hard with all the group at Watford, and certainly Troy, who started to flourish. He was doing okay under Malky [Mackay] but had a strong season after we took over, and has gone from strength to strength since. He’s put a lot of hard work in, physically and mentally, to add to his base ability, but he’s a good guy and a very rounded player. He’s got a good story, similar to Andre [Gray], but different, in the journey they’ve taken.”