Walter Mazzarri says he does not feel under pressure, claiming he and owner Gino Pozzo are in this for the long haul.
This evening’s defeat at Stoke, sealed by a goal either side of half time, was the seventh in ten games and their fifth straight away from home. Mazzarri is the bookies favourite to be the next manager to be fired yet one of Mazzarri’s aides reiterated to us after the press conference that there is no chance of him being fired.
“I don’t feel under pressure because I speak with the owner every day,” he said. “We know what is our objective. We are not here looking at the next five or six matches – we are looking at the next three years.”
Mazzarri, with some justification, continues to point to the worsening injury list as a mitigating factor. If they aren’t down to his training methods, the failure to get miles in their legs in pre-season or the departure of Richard Collinge, then he’s all of a sudden become the unluckiest coach in Europe.
“Look at the injuries we have been having,” he said. “These results can happen. Now we have to take this occasion to look and work for the future. I managed to play Mason and Folivi, two under-23 players who can be important for our future. We will keep fighting until the last minute. I liked the way the fans behaved because they understand the moment we are in, they supported us until the end.”
Watford were much more competitive than they were against Burnley, Liverpool, Stoke (home) and Tottenham Hotspur this evening. They didn’t throw the towel in or roll over and let Stoke tickle their belly. They made a good fist of things but were undone by two defensive errors, one from Adlene Guedioura who failed to track Ryan Shawcross and another by Sebastian Prodl who let a cross from Charlie Adam roll under his foot.
“I don’t think [we got what we deserved],” he said. “Today, compared to the game versus Spurs, we saw a team that did very well for the players that were on the pitch. There were only two episodes for them that conditioned the result. They managed to score on both. We were not lucky. We could have scored before through Doucoure but we didn’t.”