Author Archives: Ed Perchard

Who’ll support Walter Mazzarri with me?

Last March I took to these pages to inform you all that Quique Sanchez Flores’s time in charge of Watford was up. A few weeks and ample criticism later, it was leaked that the scarfed one would be moved on after, and I’m paraphrasing, Gino Pozzo read that rant and realised he was onto a […]

Outgoing: Almen Abdi – Mr Robot

Almen Abdi is the best Watford player I have ever seen. Let me clarify that, as I’ve been trying to in my own head for the past few days. Almen Abdi is not the most gifted or productive player at Watford, nor is he even the best midfielder, probably. But never have I seen a […]

Squeaky bum: Why the Pozzos could be considering Quique’s future

We learn from our duopolous local media that Quique Sanchez Flores is after a new long-term contract. The ‘tactical genius’ is, he says, in it for the long haul. One in the eye of the big clubs circling him. But my question to you is, does he deserve one? Although the nationals might occasionally paint […]

The Year of the Hornet – 2015

2015. What a year, eh? Played 41, won 23, lost just 10. 72 goals scored, 44 conceded. In just twelve months we’ve seen players transformed, historic promotion won (and lost), and an assault on the richest league in the world beyond our wildest dreams. We’ve even managed to get ourselves a proper nemesis. Over the […]

On Troy Deeney (and Roy Hodgson, and England, and a few other things)

Troy Deeney should be in the next England squad. Let me explain…

Too Many Man – Has Summer Recruitment Gone Too Far?

The warping of mindset as a fandom makes the leap into the Premier League is inescapable. We saw it last time around: the good will to all men that accompanies a rollocking good Championship season becomes arrogance, expectation and a Shakespearean mistrust of fellow supporters when confronted with the glamourous outlook of trips to Aston […]

Second Place is First Loser – Sheff Weds (H) 02/05/15

Hubris is always punished. Before I jot down these quick thoughts, I must point out that I wasn’t able to get anything out in the last week. If I had I would have spoken about the jubilation, the massive pride in the team and club and the general feeling of invincibility I, and I’m sure […]

‘Life is Short’ – An Interview with Eddie Oshodi

ITWM chats with Eddie Oshodi, the graduate of the Watford academy who’s chosen to hang up his boots at the age of 23.

Slavisa of Macedon: Why Joka’s Approach Will Conquer the Known World

In which ITWM, compares a coach with a few impressive wins to one of the most heralded generals in the history of humanity…

Hush the Noise, Ye Men of Strife – Watford 0-1 Wolves 26/12/14 & Cardiff 2-4 Watford 28/12/14

There seems to have been an unusual amount of focus on the ‘packed winter calendar’™ this year. While it is often referred to in order to beef up links on highlights shows or pad a thin interview, this Christmas period has been awash with managers and players commenting on the practice, treating it either as […]