McKinlay out. Jokanovic in!
Its been another week of talking points for fans of Watford, with the club deciding to replace Billy McKinlay after just eight days at the helm, with former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanoic, whom will be the Hornet 4th manager of the season.
The Pozzo family asked McKinlay to step aside after reviewing the decision in order to appoint a more experienced coach. They offered him his original post as first team coach, which he declined and McKinlay dramatically left the club on Tuesday to be replaced by Serbian Jokanovic. Its been an eventful few weeks for Hornets fans and McKinlay himself to say the least.
McKinlay initially joined the club on Friday 26th September as first team coach. Then as Oscar Garcia resigned on Monday 29th, McKinlay was promoted to head coach after only being at the club for 3 days. He took charge of the Hornets during their 2-1 victory over Brentford and Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brighton before the shock reports arose courtesy of the Daily Mail that McKinlay was set to leave the club on Monday evening. On Tuesday morning, McKinlay left the club after just over a week and a half, as the reports gathered pace.
This boasted the question, why even appoint McKinlay as head coach after he quit his position as Northern Ireland assistant manager, in order to focus his attentions on Watford. Why not make him caretaker manager until a new head coach could be found?
In truth, this is probably one of the only bad decisions that the Pozzo’s have made and one that could come back to haunt them come the end of the season. The way they treated McKinlay was disgusting and will certainly portray the club in a poor way. His ten year experience in English football could have been invaluable and the point was made that why have the club gone for a manager with no experience of the decision, when just over a month ago, the Pozzos were looking for someone with Championship experience? Their decision to get rid of him was very harsh after only eight days in charge and the way they treated the Scotsman was appalling.
Outsiders have labelled the Hornets as a joke due to the amount of managers the club have had this season, however the Hornets have been on the end of some bad luck of late. Beppe Sannino resigned due to the fact that he lost a number of the first teams backing whilst his replacement Oscar Garcia had to leave due to health reasons. There was nothing the club could have done about about these two managerial depatures.
The whole saga with McKinlay was a poor error from the Pozzos and one that has left a sour taste in the mouth with the majority of fans. However, this is a rare poor decision from the Pozzos who have been nothing short of magnificent since they came to the club. They have built the new stand, they have given us football that we have loved and they have backed the club from day 1. In short, they've delivered most of the promises that have been made to us under previous owners which never materialised.
However, the decision has been made and Serbian Slavisa Jokanovic needs our full support.
The 45 year old had a successful playing career, featuring for the likes of Chelsea and Deportivo La Coruna as a defensive midfielder. He was also capped over 50 times for Yugoslavia at international level.
His first managerial post came at Partizan Belgrade where he completed a league and cup double in both of his two seasons at the club.
Jokanovic then became Muangthong United’s head coach in Thailand where he led the club to the Thai Premier League title with United going undefeated throughout.
After an unsuccessful spell at Levski Sofia, he became the coach of Spanish third division side Hercules whom are currently top of the table in the division.
Jokanovic then became the Hornets manager on Tuesday and hopefully this will be the last we will hear of a managerial change at Watford for while.
Lets get behind Slavisa right from the start and make him feel welcome as the Hornets turbulent start to the season off the pitch goes on. I’m sure we won't be complaining at the end of the season if the Serbian gets us promoted and the 45 year old has a promising team under him who currently sit third in the table, on level points with Norwich.
Welcome to the club Slavisa!