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‘WE NEED INVESTMENT IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE, THE SQUAD AND THE STADIUM’


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ne of the most interesting elements of life as a My Local News reporter is the weekly


trips to Watford FC‘s London Colney training ground for Malky Mackay‘s press conferences. The site is next door to the Arsenal training


centre and occasionally you‘ll get a glimpse of a Ferrari driving out of the north London giants‘ nondescript entrance. Although geographically the players train next


door to each other, in terms of celebrity and finances they‘re worlds apart. They might not have the marquee cars and the


mass media attention but the atmosphere around Watford‘s training ground is always relaxed and positive. This ‗feel good‘ air has been present throughout the season, including both the recent unbeaten streak of five games up to the defeat in Middlesbrough and the winless February which preceded it. The credit for that balanced approach has to lie


with the character instilled into the players by Mackay and his staff. With talk of a takeover still doing the rounds


Mackay‘s response to it was typically measured. He explained how his previous career working in a bank has helped his understanding of the financial goings on at the club. ―Anything to do with the stock market is very complicated and there are many layers to most business deals. I‘ve heard the names mentioned of people involved with the takeover group but at the moment that‘s all they are, names. I‘ve not met with them and like everyone I‘m just waiting to see what happens. ―One thing is for sure I‘d love the club to be in


a financial position where we could buy the likes of Jordan Mutch and Andrew Johnson. There‘s no doubt the club needs investment to take it


forward, that‘s blatantly obvious. We need investment in the infrastructure, the playing squad and the stadium. ―What I would say is that the work and pain


gone into making this club stable is down to the staff here, Graham Taylor and Julian Winter, the players and the fans. The supporters accepted the situation and I believe they appreciated the honesty shown by Julian and Graham when explaining the club‘s financial woes.‖ With the Hornets still hovering around the


play-off places in late March there‘s still a chance they might get to lock horns with ‗them next door‘ in the Barclays Premier League next season.


by Jerry Lyons


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