Watford manager Walter Mazzari has insisted that his players stay in a hotel throughout July, since he views doing so as a good means by which they can gel ahead of the new season, according to The Guardian.
After meeting up with Mazzari at the start of last week, Watford’s multinational squad have been staying at Sopwell House in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.
It is understood that whilst based at the hotel, the players are travelling back and forth from the club’s London Colney training ground, as Mazzari works diligently to prepare for the start of the 2016-2017 Premier League Season.
Multinational Watford squad
The Italian is doing so after inheriting a multinational squad, from predecessor Quique Sanchez Flores, which now consists of 22 different nationalities. Ironically however, Italian is not one of those.
As such Mazzari, who only speaks limited English but as well as having lessons, has a translator, faces a difficult task to accurately convey his ideas to a culturally diverse group of players.
Nevertheless the 54-year-old former Inter Milan’s manager is successfully doing that according to one of his new signing’s, Jerome Sinclair, who along with Troy Deeney and Ben Watson, is one of only three Englishmen in Watford’s squad.
Mazzari undertaking fine work
“He’s been really good at getting his ideas across and the players are really taking them in. He’s been really good so far – we have done a lot of tactical work. In training he wants to get the lads organised and playing in his style. It’s a new ideology so he really has to enforce that”, said the 19-year-old Sinclair of Mazzari, who signed a three year deal to become Watford manager in May.
Since then in addition to Sinclair, who he signed from Liverpool, Mazarri has also recruited Belgian centre-back Christian Kabasele from Genk, Granada striker Isaac Success for a club record £12.5m, whilst having just taken Juan Camilo Zuniga on loan from Napoli, who he previously managed for three seasons between 2009 and 2013.
Tough task to emulate success of last season
Following the arrival of the Columbian internationalist Zuniga, Mazzari is now working with players from 22 different countries, whom he must quickly bond together in order to ensure that he is able develop a team capable of building upon Watford’s fine performance last season.
Specifically as well as finishing 13th in the Premier League, after an eight year absence from England’s top flight, the Hornets reached the FA Cup semi-finals before being beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace.
As such emulating and continuing the fine work undertaken by his predecessor Flores represents a tough challenge for Mazzari, particularly given that he has never managed outside of Italy.
Nevertheless given the quality of Mazzari’s multinational squad of players and the intense effort he is currently making to prepare them for the new season, it is altogether possible that Watford could enjoy an extremely successful 2016-17 campaign.