Two years ago it was the Isle of Man, last summer an army boot camp and games against Newquay and Torpoint. These days, however, Watford’s players are sharing the bill with the likes of Christian Vieri and Javier Zanetti, and are worried about being referred to by their new manager as “the Manchester United of the First Division”.
AS Gianluca Vialli addressed his Watford squad last week, a reverential quiet descended on the group. The Nationwide Division One side had just played the first of two pre-season games against Italian opposition and some were clearly coming down from the experience. Thirty-six hours earlier, they had been up against the superstars from Inter Milan.
Taken from the programme on 18th August 2001-New Division One, Watford 3 Rotherham United 2
Taken from the programme on 8th August 2006- Friendly, Watford 1 Inter Milan 1
A match report from the Frosinone Facebook page is translated (badly) into English below.
Gianluca Vialli’s first game in charge.
Looking as unlike any previous Watford manager as it’s possible to look within the usual constraints of one head, only four limbs and so on. Striding across the pitch in a smart cream suit, surrounded by the press and photographers who probably exited the ground before the game kicked off, Luca is more Tom Cruise than he is Mike Keen.