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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 3 [Friday]

🐦 Liverpool

📢 Jurgen Klopp on Andy Robertson: "Robbo trained the whole week, of course he [is] in contention, no doubt about that."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #lfc #LivChe
📢 Klopp on team news: "Millie [James Milner] will not be ready – I think that's it pretty much. All the rest trained and looked good and sharp."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #lfc #LivChe
☔️ Aston Villa

📢 Dean Smith on team news/injuries: "Ollie Watkins will train with us today and if he gets through training, he’ll be available for selection.

"[Leon Bailey's] progress is going ok but tomorrow will come too soon for him..."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #avfc #AvlBre
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#WatfordFC 2019/20 financial results covered a season that the club described as “unique and challenging”, as it ended in relegation after they finished 19th in the Premier League and they had 3 managers: Javi Gracia, Quique Sanchez Flores and Nigel Pearson. Some thoughts follow.
#WatfordFC swung from £10m pre-tax profit to £36m loss, as revenue decreased £28m (19%) from club record £148m to £120m and profit on player sales fell £4m to £18m, while expenses increased £9m (6%). Prior year boosted by £4.5m Marco Silva compensation. Loss after tax was £32m. Image
The main driver of #WatfordFC revenue reduction was broadcasting, which fell £24m (20%) from £119m to £95m, while match day dropped £2.0m (21%) to £7.3m, commercial decreased £1.2m (6%) to £17.4m and player loans were down £0.9m to £84k. Image
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Doing the poll again as the options weren’t clear (my bad) #WatfordFC summer squad poll:

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Players with the most points per game for each team in the Championship 💪

Wycombe - Jordan Obita

The #Chairboys average 1 point per game in the matches he’s played this season Image
Wednesday - Keiren Westwood/Massimo Luongo

Points per game average when on the pitch: 1.42 ImageImage
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#WatfordFC are in the Championship trying to deal with a Premier League wage bill. During an unprecedented era that includes no gate receipts & an almost impossibly uncertain financial and economic situation. Striking a balance between success and stability has never been harder.
In terms of transfers, the club has to make affordable and attainable signings (two key words) in the hope that they can help achieve the goal of success (promotion) without risking future stability, so #watfordfc has a solid future, regardless of how this season pans out.
It wasn’t long ago that there was a real possibility of #watfordfc going bust. This pandemic will see countless clubs up against it in the fight for survival. Ensuring our club is one that comes out the other end is of paramount importance and can’t be understated.
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I had a request to look at transfer spend in the Premier League, so I have analysed this over the last 5 years (up to 2018/19, the last season when all clubs have published their accounts). As a Christmas bonus, I have also included the EFL Championship.
In terms of the infamous net spend, the two Manchester clubs have spent most on transfers (#MCFC £639m and #MUFC £590m), followed by #CFC £440m. #AFC fans will be appalled to discover they have spent around the same (£329m) as champions #LFC £337m.
It is striking how low #THFC net spend was, only £63m in the 5 years up to 2018/19, though worth noting that they then splashed out £136m in 2019/20. Lowest spend unsurprisingly at clubs recently promoted from the Championship, i.e. #LUFC £4m and #SUFC £(13)m.
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A THREAD! 👇 Ismaïla Sarr has been linked with a move away from Watford this window with Manchester United and Liverpool reportedly interested. Our coaches take a closer look at the attacker and analyse why he is more of a threat in a counter-attacking system 🐝 #WatfordFC
Sarr’s main threat is on the counter-attack because he can carry the ball at pace. That was useful for a team that spent long periods of 2019/20 out of possession, and often at their most dangerous on the break 🐝 #WatfordFC
At the moment of a transition, Sarr springs into life and his teammates know that if he has space to run into he will often beat a defender to the ball. Midfielders will therefore often play round-the-corner passes into the right channel for Sarr to chase 🐝 #WatfordFC Image
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After the longest-ever Premier League season, the three clubs that ended up being relegated to the Championship turned out to be Bournemouth, Norwich City and Watford, but what will the impact be on their finances? #AFCB #NCFC #WatfordFC
Looking at the last reported numbers from 2018/19, it would appear that #AFCB have most to fear, because they had by far the largest operating loss (£30m) and highest wage bill (£111m). #WatfordFC operating loss was only £6m, while I estimate small profit for #NCFC (pre-COVID).
In 2018/19 #WatfordFC had the highest revenue of the relegated clubs with £148m, ahead of £136m for #NCFC (estimated, as played in Championship that season) and £131m for #AFCB. Revenue will be lower in 2019/20, due to smaller TV money (lower league place) and COVID-19 impact.
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As the 2019/20 Premier League season finally comes to a close, I thought that it might be interesting to look at the impact of climbing or dropping places in the league table. There might be more for teams to play for than people might think.
As a reminder, in 2018/19 each club received equal shares for 50% of domestic TV £34m, overseas TV £43m and commercial income £5m. Each match broadcast live was worth £1.1m (on top of £12.2m for a minimum of 10 games), while each league position was worth £1.9m (merit payment).
However, the story has changed with the new 3-year deal for the 2019-22 cycle, as the numbers are different and there is a twist in the distribution methodology used for the overseas TV rights. This is important, as overseas is the area driving the growth in TV money.
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Troy Deeney and Nigel Pearson are among the key individuals leading the Football Association's fight against discrimination in English football. [@MailSport] #watfordfc
The FA launched their Football Leadership Equality Code last month which clubs can sign up to with a view to increasing diversity and equality in football boardrooms and leadership positions, particularly coaching roles. [@MailSport] #watfordfc
The FA is also developing four independent expert panels, which will be consulted regularly throughout the development of the code. Deeney will chair the players' expert panel. [@MailSport] #watfordfc
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Nigel Pearson: "We know we're not playing in the way that we can do. We've not really found our rhythm. It's frustrating more than anything. Sometimes the frustration can come off the wrong way." [Sky Sports] #watfordfc
Nigel Pearson: "The owner's have been very supportive. The staff have been really good in terms of continuing to try and create the right atmosphere for us. [Sky Sports] #watfordfc
Nigel Pearson: "It's a win today, we know we've been in a really tough game and on another day it might not go our way. But we'll take it." [Sky Sports] #watfordfc
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Gerard Deulofeu: "It has been a very bad season. We have to be realistic. But there is still time to stay in the Premier League. Quality is of little use if you don't try hard. If you don't have an idea." [@mundodeportivo] #WatfordFC
Gerard Deulofeu: "Nigel Pearson found a way to play. When he arrived, we talked and he said things to our face. We are not a team that are set up to retain possession and we decided to step back. To move backwards, be solid and counter-attack." [@mundodeportivo] #watfordfc
Gerard Deulofeu: “Now we have to be closer together than ever. We cannot leave space because that is risking our lives.” [@mundodeportivo] #watfordfc
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Troy Deeney: “We’re not blind, we know it’s not been good enough, this season hasn’t been good enough, but we’re also very aware that it’s still in our hands and if we can stay up we can review in the summer how we make sure this never happens again." [Watford FC] #watfordfc
Troy Deeney: “We’re working hard, we’re having difficult and uncomfortable conversations, but we also know it’s not just about talking, it’s about getting down to work and making sure we can end the season on a high." [Watford FC] #watfordfc
Troy Deeney: “There’s always been a determination to put things right, and next week is going to be a big week with Chelsea and the two home games we have following that.” [Watford FC] #watfordfc
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Pape Gueye’s contract with Watford technically starts today (July 1). Watford are expected via a bailiff, 'to notify the player’s absence from the club’, and a ‘strong reaction’ is likely. [L'Équipe] #watfordfc
Watford reportedly sent a letter to all the clubs who are interested in Gueye, telling them they 'should prepare themselves for a lawsuit'. [L'Équipe] #watfordfc
This, however, didn’t scare Marseille, and the club’s lawyers went through Gueye’s contract with Watford and ‘there appears to be too many irregularities for the player to not be considered as free’. [L'Équipe] #watfordfc
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Nigel Pearson: “I’m not worried. I’ve got confidence in my players. We’ve got winnable games coming up and it’s just important that we perform well in those games.” 1/3 #watfordfc
Nigel Pearson: “It’s up to us to retain the option of things being in our own hands. That’s all it is. We’ve got to continue to look to improve, look to be as good as we can be and it’s very straightforward in my mind in that regard.” 2/3 #watfordfc
Nigel Pearson: “I’m not really spending a great deal of time trawling the past and what was happening then. It’s what happens now, what happens in the future. I’m not worried.” 3/3 #watfordfc
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Earlier this week I posted a thread on the 2018/19 financials for the Big Six Premier League clubs. Today I am going to look at the numbers for the Other 14 clubs #AFCB #BHAFC #BurnleyFC #CardiffCity #CPFC #EFC #FFC #HTAFC #LCFC #NUFC #SaintsFC #WatfordFC #WHUFC #WWFC
Obviously, there will be a significant impact on these numbers in the 2019/20 season (and probably 2020/21 as well) as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, which has resulted in clubs earning much less revenue for a few months, but how did it look before the pandemic struck? ImageImage
Other 14 Premier League clubs generated £2.2 bln of revenue, but £2.6 bln of expenses (including £1.5 bln wages and £0.6 bln player amortisation) meant £393m operating loss. This was improved by £241m profit on player sales, offset by £35m interest, giving £188m loss before tax. Image
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Now that all the Premier League clubs have published their 2018/19 financials, we can compare the results, but we will do this a little differently by separating the analysis into two parts, as the numbers are so different for: (1) the Big Six clubs; and (2) the Other 14 clubs.
Today’s thread will focus on the 2018/19 financial results for the Big Six Premier League clubs #AFC #CFC #LFC #MCFC #MUFC #THFC. Clearly, there will be a significant impact on these numbers in 2019/20 following the COVID-19 lockdown, but how did it look before the pandemic?
Big 6 Premier League clubs generated £3.0 bln of revenue, but £3.1 bln of expenses (including £1.7 bln wages and £0.7 bln player amortisation) meant a £97m operating loss. This was improved by £193m profit on player sales, offset by £23m interest, giving £33m profit before tax.
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Jose Holébas but as you scroll down he gets happier.

(Thread) #watfordfc Image
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Time for a #watfordfc version. You decide whether or not Watford offer these players a new contract. (thread)
1. Ben Foster
2. Heurelho Gomes
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I’ve prepared a few more of the financial fact sheets for selected football clubs. To be clear, this is not new information as such, but just a more succinct presentation of previous data. This thread covers #AVFC, #AFCB, #CardiffCity, #HTAFC, #NCFC, #SUFC, #WatfordFC and #WWFC.
#AVFC posted huge £69m net loss. Operating loss even higher at £115m, including £46m promotion payments, but £14m HS2 compensation. Offset by £36m stadium sale and £11m player sales. Revenue fall due to lower parachute payments. Debt-free after write-offs and equity conversion.
#AFCB lost money 2 years in a row, as revenue has fallen from £136m to £131m, while wage bill has grown from £72m to £111m. Little benefit from low player sales. Debt up to £100m, 9th highest in PL. Spent £150m on player purchases in last 2 years with transfer debt up to £81m.
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EXCLUSIVE: My interview with Pape Gueye’s lawyer for @sofoot

• It was NOT Gueye’s choice to join Watford - it was his former agent’s desire

• Player is willing to look at playing elsewhere, regardless of Watford’s stance…

• His lawyer suggests the contract w/Watford is not valid as their discussions with his former agent began BEFORE 1st Jan

• Gueye may have signed contracts with 3 other clubs

• The player is ‘confused’ and unhappy with terms in his Watford contract
Full version in English on my website:…
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From 🇬🇧 || In a twist of events, Watford FC have announced the signing of Le Havre CM and Arsenal target, Pape Gueye, for next season (1/2).
Watford claim they've lodged the signing with "all relevant authorities" and Gueye signed a Pre-Agreement despite eight sites who report on contract lengths, including Transfermarkt who are usually quite reliable for such, stating his contract doesn't end until 2021 (2/2).
Update || It appears that in the last 24hrs, @TMuk_news have changed Pape Gueye's contract end date, from 2021, to 2020.
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For Hornet Heaven listeners, what follows is the Twitter equivalent of a colouring-in book.

We outline a few events. You imagine them…


Here we go...

Today, up in Hornet Heaven, Derek, Bill and Henry are ecstatic after yesterday's #watfordfc win over Liverpool.

Derek wishes the team had played like that in last year’s Cup Final.

Roy from IT has the idea of creating a mash-up of match footage, somehow inserting yesterday’s #watfordfc performance into last year’s final against City.

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Today’s win...a thread.
Ben Foster - had little to do but what he did do, he did well. Kaba and Cathcart, solid and composed - allowed their front three zero space. Kiko - 😍 so good to have him back. Looked like he’d never been away....#WatfordFC
Masina - been a revelation of late. Handled Salah with ease. Will Hughes - showed how much we missed him when he was injured. That role alongside Caps is made for him. Caps - dominated them from 1-90....#WatfordFC
Doucs - the energy and quality he has 🔥 pushing him forward to support the front three was a stroke of genius. Sarr - OMFG - WHAT A PLAYER 🔥🌟. Troy - led the line and worked his b*llocks off. Great finish...#WatfordFC
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