Quique Sánchez Flores is demanding something that isn’t typically afforded to Watford bosses – patience and time.
The Watford manager has struggled to reinvigorate the side since taking over a couple of months ago, but he’s insistent that he will have turned things around come May.
He said: “It is really early. This is a big problem in football; that people think the season finishes in September. It finishes in May and it is impossible to think what will happen. We have to think about the finish and how it could be a good end to the season, how we can improve and how proud and happy we will be if we are able to do this. In football we think about what will happen tomorrow. It’s more than that.
“We are not worried as it’s not a good word to represent how we feel. We need to be responsible about the situation. We know what the situation is of the team. The work is tough, but we know how we are working, and we are working hard.
“It’s important everyone knows what stage of the process we are (in). Don’t rush. If we are rushed in this moment, it wouldn’t be ok for us.”
While Sánchez Flores’s impact since his takeover in September hasn’t always been evident in results thus far, his new club rules and regulations, as well as the philosophy they represent, has certainly brought the players together.
An example of this is the new meal time setup.
The manager has insisted that, rather than coming and going as they please, all players must sit and eat together; and phones are banned while they do so.
Centre-back Craig Cathcart, who covered as captain in Troy Deeney’s absence, said of Sánchez Flores: “I think he’s trying to get that same unity we had last time. It’s just little simple things to bring us all together, it’s the way his style is, and I think it’s been working. That’s probably the thing he’s trying to bring back.
“It brings everyone together, we’re all eating at the same time and especially with no mobile phones at dinner time you have to talk to each other, which is helpful.
“It took a couple of dinner times for us to get used to it again, a couple of lads were caught with their phones out and were told to put them away, but I’m sure as the weeks go on it will just be second nature.”
Picture courtesy of Watford FC and Alan Cozzi