Watford FC’s Honorary Life-President, Sir Elton John CBE, is thoroughly impressed with the team’s immediate return to the Premier League as well as the transformation of the club into one which he believes truly belongs among the elite.
The former owner and global music megastar attended Vicarage Road on Saturday to present Ismaïla Sarr with the coveted Graham Taylor Player of the Season trophy, also taking in the final match of the 2020/21 campaign against Swansea City.
“It’s a whole different club,” he said in an interview which first aired on our End of Season Awards Show. “You come in and this is a proper Premier League club. [Gino] Pozzo has done an incredible job and Scott [Duxbury] has been amazing – I talk to him at least two or three times a week, which he probably hates, especially when we lose!
“Last year, we didn’t really deserve to go down, we had a bit of an unlucky run at the end of the season, but to come straight back up again from this division is really very hard. We always had the squad of players, but it’s a different ball game, the Championship to the Premier League.
“Xisco [Muñoz] came in and changed the formation and the way we played, which suits us much better, and the players have been magnificent. The home form has been tremendous. We haven’t had any crowds and the players have pulled themselves together and done magnificently.”