The job that Graham Taylor has done with a bunch of highly-talented youngsters and the odd experienced professional cannot be underestimated and with that quality of youth at his disposal, failure to claim promotion this year would hardly be a disaster beyond repair. The future for this side looks bright.
“Watford have a reputation for developing players and we need that to continue,” says Taylor.
“Even if we had a massive amount of money to spend in the transfer market, there is no realistic way we could attract top stars here. They will always want to join the bigger clubs. We have a lot of boys at Watford who have come through the ranks and there is a time and a place to introduce them to the side. They need opportunities to develop, but this has always been a club that will give them the time they need. I will ensure that won't change.”
How ironic that one of the sides Taylor ousted from this end of season jamboree was none other than Wolves, the club that sacked him a couple of years back, but he doesn't seem to be a man who bears grudges. The Watford boss is an affable character who has won a lot of admirers by turning the Hornets into a force once again.
“The youngsters have done so well to get us into the play-offs and now we have to believe we can go on and win promotion,” he says. “I can't complain about the effort my players have put in. The only real criticism that could be levelled at us is that we are not scoring enough goals at present. In some of our recent games, we have put in convincing displays, but the scorelines didn't back that up. We haven't killed off the opposition and that has been a concern.”