Brian McDaniel

Aspire to Inspire

The days when a passionate local businessman would take the reins of his local football club have come and gone. Now, keen-minded investors like Gino Pozzo have come to the sport with an eye for profits and serious play. The Premier League, which Watford Football Club (FC) is part of, can be quite lucrative, worth millions, and Gino Pozzo’s family is keenly aware of that fact.

Gino follows his family’s model of club ownership, regularly recruiting and trading players among clubs to wind up with the best possible soccer team possible. Gino Pozzo began implementing this model of operations in Watford’s first season, signing on so many internationally loaned players that Football League regulations were revised to stop its abuse.

Some media outlets have become quite confused with Watford FC, unsure whether they should aim their ire at Gino Pozzo for changing the rules regarding recruitment and trading of players, especially when Gino’s entire family has overtaken football clubs with the exact strategy. Watford FC’s CEO Scott Daxbury quipped that while the media might see Watford as an unstable team due to its high coach count, every coach has had success. Daxbury went on to share his misgiving at the start when Gino arrived and signed 16 new players, but the overall signing system seems to have paid off in dividends for the team’s success.

While Gino Pozzo admits that soccer requires long-term planning to succeed, he concedes that there will regularly be unforeseen hiccups to that plan. Duxbury followed up those remarks by admitting that the average lifespan for a coach on a mid-level team like Watford is two years. Duxbury went on to say that those coaches will then either move on to grander projects or become trouble for everyone; the net result is the same: find a replacement. See related link to learn more.


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