Former Watford defender Chris Powell has praised the appointment of Nigel Pearson as manager – and revealed what the former Leicester City boss will do to get the most out of his new team.
Pearson’s appointment at Vicarage Road is his first role in English football since leaving Derby County in 2016, and Powell, who worked alongside the 56-year-old at Leicester, was delighted to see him back.
He said: “I’m so pleased for him, because I always feel good football people should be in the game in some way.
“He’s someone I’ve admired since I went to Leicester towards the end of my career. He really impressed me with his knowledge, his behaviour and how he managed Leicester City.
“For him now to be back with Watford in the Premier League, I think it’s a real quality appointment.
“He gets to know people and what makes them tick. He’ll get to know them as soon as. What in turn that will do, is it will give him a better understanding of them as players, and I think that’s something he really embraces.”
In what was arguably Pearson’s most successful spell in management to date, his second stint at Leicester ended rather abruptly despite keeping the Foxes in the Premier League before they went on to become unlikely champions a year later.
But that relative success is perhaps evidence that Pearson has already shown what he can get out of players in high-pressure situations – and with Watford rooted to the bottom, perhaps there is logic to his appointment on that basis.
That they squandered a number of chances to take something off Liverpool last weekend suggests his arrival may well be a ‘quality’ call as Powell suggests, with Pearson himself encouraged by their first performance under his stewardship.
Time will tell whether he can help the Hornets overcome their current six-point deficit at the foot of the table, though Powell’s words add weight to the notion that Watford have given themselves a fighting chance by bringing Pearson in.
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