Everyone has a similar idea of what foundations a club needs to build a successful future: cash, quality players, managers and staff and great facilities to name but a few.
Gracia is fixated on one we perhaps haven’t thought too much on, though – togetherness.
Speaking to MyLocalNews, the Hornets boss said: “I’m not able to understand this team, this club, without togetherness. I think we need it.
“We are competing with teams with a lot more money than us, teams with, maybe, better players than us, better coaches than us. We need that strength as a team. We need to keep this all season if we want to achieve our objectives.”
Watford have managed to keep a hold of many of their key players from last season and added a few talented names to the squad – a mix which Gracia believes will only benefit the squad morale.
We asked the manager if he felt the positive vibe in the squad last season had carried over this year.
He said: “We have the same group (as last season) only three or four new players and it’s something we had, and something we (still) have.”
Ultimately, of course, togetherness and team morale can be compromised in the toughest points of the season – Watford already experienced that at the very start of this season. But getting back to a positive atmosphere is always on the Spaniard’s agenda.
“When you don’t get the reward you expect, the points that you expect, you sometimes don’t feel the same atmosphere. I want to get these results and these rewards to create again a good environment and atmosphere with the team.
“I’m sure if we keep working like we are doing we will be able to get the results.”
Watford take on Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow (Saturday, August 17). Kick-off is at 3pm.
Photo courtesy of Watford FC and Alan Cozzi