6 days ago

Cozzi's Classics: The Managers Part 2

Alan Cozzi has been Watford FC's full-time photographer since 1997, capturing iconic and historic moments at the club through the lens of his camera.

In the second instalment of a regular series taking a look at the stories behind classic photos from his archives, Cozzi talks us through his most memorable pictures of the second batch of managers he photographed as the official club snapper, from Sean Dyche to Slaviša Jokanović...

Sean Dyche

“That's the first picture I took of Dyche as manager and that pic, in front of the club crest and him in his suit, sums up his demeanour. He carries himself with a certain amount of authority and a certain presence. He was no-nonsense.”

“This was classic Dyche, ready to work. A 'let's go' type of attitude. He didn't mess about and just loved being out on the training pitch. He was fantastic to work with and nothing was a problem for him, but he didn't suffer fools. He had an air of authority, like 'don't mess with me' without actually saying it.”

Gianfranco Zola

“I like the contrast of these two pics of Zola. The first is after the play-off final defeat and he's consoling Alex Geijo. That was classic Zola, putting his arm around players. They loved him and he loved his players. He was a gentleman.”

“Here you have got a smiley Zola at the start of the next summer in Italy. He loved being out on the training pitch and it didn't take long for that smile and optimism to be back on his face. That football was some of the best I've ever seen.” 

Beppe Sannino 

“With every new manager, you watch his movements to see what he's like, how he does things and how he expresses himself. From the moment Sannino walked in, his hands were like a windmill. He never stopped gesticulating and it was never a struggle to get pictures of him. With some managers and coaches you'd be out there two hours trying to get pictures, but with him you were done after 10 minutes.”

“He was a typical Italian and very sartorially elegant. This was one of him suited and booted at Vicarage Road against Reading and being typically passionate. He was a larger than life character and you almost had too many pictures of him sometimes.”

Óscar García

“I only got 100 pictures of him split across three events: the day he turned up, a game against Hemel and a training session. This was from the friendly game against Hemel. He never got started really, but seemed nice enough.”

Billy McKinlay

“I got even less pictures of McKinlay. This was a frame of him in what was obviously one of only two games in charge. He looked really happy to finally get the chance to be a No. 1 after 10 years as an assistant, but it just wasn't to be.”

Slaviša Jokanović

“He came across as a really dour character, a really serious football person, but when I look back there are more pictures of him than I recall so perhaps I'm doing him a bit of a disservice. This one was back at the training ground after we had beaten Brighton and got promoted. It was the first time I had seen him loosen up.”

“This was the annual team picture from that season and players usually want that shoot over and done with in 30 seconds flat. But Jokanović was happy to pass the time and have a quiet word with Lloyd and enjoy the moment.”

Read Cozzi's Classics: The Managers Part 1 HERE and keep an eye out for the next instalment in the series, coming soon.

First Team 1 week ago

First & Last: Craig Cathcart

Hornets defender Craig Cathcart talks us through his picks for our quick-fire 'First & Last' interview...


First: It was a Seat Leon, 1.6 engine. I remember it was midnight blue.

Last: I recently ordered myself a Tesla.


First: My first proper game as a kid would have been a Rangers match; I think it was on a day when they won a trophy too against St Johnstone. I used to go to watch Linfield as well.

Last: I can’t really remember, probably one of our games when I’ve been injured sitting in the stands.


First: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. That’s my first memory. It used to scare me when I was a kid!

Last: The last film I watched was Johnny English Reborn, it was hilarious. Mr Bean is a legend.


First: It was probably one of the Now ones, but I can’t remember which one.

Last: I just downloaded the new Ed Sheeran album, that’s my most recent one.


First: I went to see Snow Patrol in Belfast probably about 10 years ago.

Last: Also Snow Patrol in Belfast about 10 years ago. I don’t really go to any concerts!


First: It would have been for Royal Antwerp. I scored two goals in my first two games.

Last: It was Spurs away at Wembley last season.


First: My first pair of boots were Hi-Tec, remember them?! My granny bought me them. They were terrible but that’s all we could afford back then.

Last: Now I wear Adidas Copa 20.1 boots.


First: It was my dad’s, one of those Nokias with the flip down bit and the antenna. I got the hand me down from him.

Last: I’ve got the new iPhone X, I think it is.


First: Probably my best memory of winning one was the Northern Ireland Cup for my home team St Andrew’s. I was probably about 10 or 11.

Last: They gave us a medal for being runners-up in the Championship that no-one wanted.


First: I remember it. At Man United they gave us cooking lessons, so I cooked pasta, tuna with tomato sauce and sweetcorn.

Last: You’re going to be impressed. I made courgetti bolognese. I went out and bought the spiraliser and everything.