HARRY AND ZOLA SHOW THEIR CLASS
SOME men in football develop fantastic reputations. Two such men are Gianfranco Zola and Harry Redknapp. I had reason to deal with both of them this week.
First, Gianfranco brought his squad team across to play at our training ground against our squad team last Monday. Apart from being a genuinely decent man, you could not help but admire Gianfranco’s love and intensity to improve his players. And the structure of the way in which his management team organised themselves to use the game to develop the skills of theWatford players was a fine example of teaching.
Second, I had to deal with Harry in relation to the loan transfer to us of Michael Doughty.With everything that he has had going on in the market, I didn’t expect Harry to be involved in young Michael’s loan. But he was.
He showed genuine interest in the well-being and development strategy for his player. He wanted to make sure that the plan for Michael was right.We spoke for a good time to ensure that Harry was happy.
That level of commitment to the individual player is rare in my experience; it has definitely helped Harry to build a great name. Another fine lesson to take on board. The top managers have outstanding skill sets. Good names come for good reasons.
DECENT MAN: Watford manager Gianfranco Zola THIS weekend saw goal line technology introduced football. That is to
good; long overdue. But other technology Penalty is needed too.
box decisions and red have massive card decisions
repercussions in the too many mistakes game. And far
get made. Surely there a way of giving a ref must be
a wristwatch device, footage delays of five with immediate seconds, so he can get
video sight of a pr etty has any major decision where
even a modicum of doubt. he All League grounds have easy cameras. There will be
ways of linking footage suf-feredfrom to the r ef. My team
numerous penalties not year, where footage being given last
clearly showed an award should have been made. be Those injustices would
avoided if technology into were allowed to walk
the door. I realise that important immediacy is
and we cannot keep the game slowing
down for reviews. But believe I
getting big decisions right is vital also.