This decision was when the habit of the Pozzos to regularly change head coach really started to be widely commented upon by the wider football community.
The Guardian: “Our job is always to act in the best long-term interests of this football club,” the Watford owner, Gino Pozzo, said in a statement. “There can be no compromise on this – whatever the circumstances. I fully support the view from our technical staff that, given the talented squad which has been assembled and our position in the league, an experienced head coach with a winning pedigree is of primary importance to help ensure the success we are all striving for.”
Watford Observer: We have been told Watford were keen for McKinlay to remain at the club as first team coach, which was the role he was initially hired for on September 26, but that the 45-year-old refused the demotion.