Watford captain Troy Deeney believes Nigel Pearson deserves more acknowledgement
Watford captain Troy Deeney believes Nigel Pearson deserves more acknowledgement
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Watford captain Troy Deeney believes Nigel Pearson deserves more acknowledgement

​Watford captain Troy Deeney firmly believes that new manager Nigel Pearson is not being given enough praises for the Hornets quick of fortune since he took over the reins from Quique Carlos Sanchez.

Deeney was quote in the Evening Standard, citing that if Pearson happened to be a foreign manager he would be all over the media and dubbed "The Messiah" for the change has brought to the club and the skipper feels its rather unfortunate that its not the case.

Pearson who is known for keeping Leicester in the topflight back in the 2014/15 season has managed to bring very much welcomed changed to the Hornets after the side secured a massive 3-0 win over Premier League strugglers Bournemouth with Abdoulaye Doucoure, Roberto Pereyra and Deeney scoring in that match.

The victory led to Pearson collecting 13 points from his first six Premier League matches at Watford - a positive start for the new manager. 

“If he had a foreign last name we would all be saying he is the Messiah,” said Deeney.

“It is just the way that the world works and the way he is portrayed in the media, unfortunately, but he is great. His man-management is massively underrated, his technical team, too — you’ve got him, Shaky [Craig Shakespeare] as well, but then also he’s implemented Hayden Mullins and Stacky [Graham Stack], who have got bags of experience.

“He has not only brought that together, but he’s galvanised the whole group and showed that he can work under different restraints. I can’t praise him enough. He won’t be happy if I give him too much credit. He has just hammered me as well and said, ‘That’s not enough, we’ve got to do more’.”


However, despite the drastic change in Watford's results, Deeney believes that he and his teammates should not allow complacency to seep into the squad and they should aim to remain consistent in their next fixtures if they are to keep their Premier League hopes high. 

“I can genuinely, hand on heart, tell you that no one looked at the table when we got in. I have just been told we are out of the bottom three,” Deeney said.

“We can’t keep saying, ‘Right, that was it, we’ve cracked it’, because in this League someone was saying if we win our next few games we could be 10th — but if we lose, we’re bottom. So we are not getting ahead of ourselves. We’ve got three games in a week after the Spurs game [January 18] as well.

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“We have to be respectful of what is coming, but take stock of what we have done. You can’t deny that it has been an unbelievable six games and we have to keep going. The gaffer has been great, the players have been great, but there’s a long way to go yet.”

Watford are back in action on Tuesday night as they prepared to keep up their current streak against Tranmere in their FA Cup third-round replay.

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