Official site: Ismaël Appointed Head Coach
Watford Observer: Former West Brom and Barnsley boss takes over at Watford
BBC Sport: A quickfire second-half double from Imran Louza and Keinan Davis saw Watford earn a final day win over Stoke. The Hornets went in front with 20 minutes to go through Louza’s quality curled finish after Potters goalkeeper Matija Sarkic had denied Ismaila Sarr. Ken Sema was the architect of the second, with his run and pass finding Davis whose deflected shot spun out of Sarkic’s reach.
Sky Sports: The question remains as to whether Hornets boss Wilder will still be in charge at Vicarage Road next season but, if this was his last game, then at least he signed off with a win.
Official site: End Of Season Awards: 2022/23 Winners Revealed
BHappy: The match is preceded by a low-key awards ceremony. Difficult to get the tone right of course, but hard not to feel that apologetically slipping the voting form out less than a week before the game (and inconsistently so, I wasn’t the only one not to receive one) contributes to the gloomy narrative. In an unsurprising turn of events the team’s stand-out player, Brighton-bound João Pedro, walks away with the Player of the Season award. He’s only two months older than Young Player of the Season James Morris, but the rules governing such things have always been pretty fluid and nobody seems to object. JP’s acceptance speech is polite and perfunctory, with the rather detached efficiency of a Christmas card from an accountant (I don’t have an accountant, or know many accountants to receive cards from but I’m guessing).
Fran’s Watford Blog: The previous day, Watford Women had a convincing win at Billericay and Ipswich did them a favour by beating Oxford, so the Women ended the season as champions of the National League Southern Premier Division. Sadly, there is still one more game in their season as they have a promotion play-off against Nottingham Forest who won the Northern Division. The game will be played in Milton Keynes on 20th May and will be a great chance for revenge after the narrow Cup defeat. The Women’s championship was celebrated on the pitch before the game and Megan Chandler was given the women’s player of the season award.