It has become something of a received wisdom within the present day that the mainstream media exist as the pinnacle of what is possible in sports journalism. Whilst it is not in our interest to reject this assumption, here at A Team of John O’Sheas we believe that some of the most perceptive insight regarding the top teams in the country comes from the fans themselves.
In the course of this podcast series, we will be bringing together some of the most influential fans from across the Premier League to give you the low-down on the teams that they watch week in, week out. We’ll look back over the season just gone, try to get a handle on the transfer activity that rumbles on through the summer month, and look forwards to the next season which, as always, seems to creep up on us with ever increasing speed.
For this episode, we’re heading into that holy of holies circumscribed by the M25 to Watford. No one is entirely sure exactly where Watford is… but one thing that everyone is sure of is that they aren’t envious of Watford fans after last season’s showing. Fulfilling their stereotype as a yo-yo club, oscillating between the Championship and the Premier League, Watford are now well and truly on the downward cycle and once again threatened to drop out of the top division of English football. In the end, 40 points proved to be enough for them, although the same cannot be said for their manager, Walter Mazzarri, who looks like Alex Baldwin wearing a Dustin Hoffman mask. Fortunately enough for Watford, an eligible manager finished in the spot below them and was all to happy to ditch his club to take Mazzarri’s still-warm seat in the dugout. So is this it? Will the Pozzo’s, Watford’s owners, have done enough to reverse the downward spiral? Or is it more of the same next season?
Joining us on the show are two of the biggest names in Watford FC podcasting – Mike Parkin and Kieran Theivam. From the Rookery End is about to head into it’s eighth season and has charted Watford’s fairly unorthodox recent history from the brink of despair and possible bankruptcy all the way to the Premier League. Mike Parkin is one of the original members of the team and has been watching Watford since the eighties. His first game was a home FA Cup tie with Walsall that ended 4-4 and he’s been a hopeless Hornets’ addict ever since. Kieran Theivam is an emergency loan presenter for From The Rookery End, making appearances for wider discussions and to give input on Watford Ladies FC. Beyond this, he is the editor of the Women’s Soccer Zone and regularly writes for SheKicksdotNet and Equalizer Soccer.
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