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The Pozzo Connection

This is the story of three managers of three clubs that have one thing in common: the Pozzo family. They assist each other and take glory in each other's glory. Join us in seeing how they progress.
Started on 4 May 2015 by AlexTHFC
Latest Reply on 27 June 2015 by BillHoudini
A 3 way story now? Feliks and I need to lift our game. Good luck guys!
What an interesting idea. :)
This needs to stop being good
Looking forward to this! Three great writers in One story, what's not to like!
RossCoombs: Thanks! :)

Tallery (1): I made it when I was bored, it was unnecessary. :P

IrishnukeXD: I may do a Bubblegate update if I don't know what else to do ;) Thanks!

Diazepamll: Not just Zip Zap. :P

Xander: Try all you like, we will always be the eternal rulers of network stories.... even though you've won SoTM. MWAHAHAHAHAHA.

the champi0n fm: It was inspired by my obvious support for Watford. ;)

Tallery (2): Woah, thank you. :)

TheTacticalApproach: Thank you! Although I think you mean two great writers + me. :P

Watford Loan Fiorentina Wonderkid
The newest Hornet… Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi has officially joined Championship side Watford on a season long loan.

Today, Watford manager Paul Lambert has confirmed that Federico Bernardeschi of Serie A side Fiorentina has joined the Hornets on a season-long loan.

The Hornets have reportedly agreed to pay Fiorentina just £100k per month for Bernardeschi’s temporary services, but no future fee has been disclosed, meaning the belief is that one does not exist in the deal.

The 21 year-old winger will join up with the Watford squad next week ahead of the beginning of their pre-season campaign in preparation for the new Sky Bet Championship season.

Last season, Bernardeschi was at FC Crotone on loan, making 39 appearances and scoring 12 goals during his season-long move. In the previous season, the Italian made 5 appearances for Viola and has been wearing the number 29 shirt.

More On This Story: What can Lambert do with his new Watford side?

Speaking of the move himself, Bernardeschi tweeted, “I am delighted to be moving to England for the season, joining Watford in their attempts to get promoted to the top level of English football. They all say that the Premier League is the ultimate division to play in.”

He added, “I am looking forward to a season of playing with some fantastic talents and gaining some experience from the year. I am more than happy to go along with Fiorentina’s wishes and join Watford on a season-long loan.”

Reports have suggested that Bernardeschi was under intense interest from a wide selection of clubs, including previous destination FC Crotone, fellow Championship side Derby County and Serie A club Sampdoria.

A permanent bid from Serie A side Juventus was also turned down this summer.

Retired Watford keeper Manuel Almunia: “I believe that Bernardeschi is going to be an excellent asset to the Watford team. They are already a squad with fantastic players, but I feel that not only will Bernardeschi benefit from the frequent first team football at Watford, but the Hornets will strongly benefit this season from having him around.

Bernardeschi’s youth career began in 2000 with Asd Sporting Atletico Carrara, but in 2001, he signed for Polisportiva Ponzano. He spent two of his youth years there, before joining current club Fiorentina in 2003. He broke into the senior team ten years later, before moving to FC Crotone on loan last season.

In 2011, he played for the Italy Under 18s side, and made seven appearances before being called up to the Under 19s and Under 20s, making one appearance in each team. However, then he was called up to the Under 21s and has so far made six appearances and scored two goals.

Fiorentina’s Head Coach Vincenzo Montella said, “I think it’ll be extremely beneficial to Bernardeschi’s development as a footballer if he gets frequent first team football at Watford this season. After this season, I very much hope he becomes a better player because of it and he can begin to become a common starter for our team.”

Lambert also had a few words to say over the signing of the Italian, “I have no doubt that Bernardeschi will be a brilliant player for Watford this season. I completely stand by the words I said before - loan deals can work wonders in a lower league team.”

“I intend to play Bernardeschi as an attacking midfielder, a winger and perhaps a fullback. I have spoken to Montella about this and he is happy with my attempts to make him a more versatile and well-rounded player.”

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Who the hell is that? Where are the mainstream players?
The presentation on these updates... wow! This story is already very impressive, SOTM beckons if you can keep up this kind of quality!

Udinese sign Ezequiel on a free

Ezequiel Calvente has signed today for Italian side Udinese, coming from a free contract the 23 year old spanish winger has had spells at Betis, Freiburg, and most recently Reacreativo. He's also had a few Spanish u19 caps. Capable of playing the Inside Forward and the Winger role with his good dribbling technique and pace he is sure to put in danger many of the Serie A defenders through-out the coming season, the player was said very happy to finally play in Serie A and that it would definetly help him mature into a complete player.

Andrea Stramaccioni presented the player in the press conference as one of the many signings that would be made during the summer to reinforce the team, and that some would have to probably go off on loan to affiliated teams such as Watford & Granada to gather experience and prove their worth overseas. Although the actual budget given isn't anything impressive he has shown he can make due with the cards dealt to him, even by finding good talent signable on a free - and beating other clubs to the mark doing so.

Good to see Watford doing what Watford do best, loaning players.

Hes a great talent though
Tallery: I'm an FM hipster now ;) No, I signed Bernardeschi to weaken Fiorentina for Udinese. ;)

pompeyblue: o.o Thank you very much! We'll try to keep it up. :P

The Motivational One: Yeah, well, umm, we don't have much money. :P
Again, who the hell is that?
Nice story so far, def following..

Liverpool Fullback Joins Hornets
Much-needed fullback?... Watford sign Liverpool’s English fullback Ryan McLaughlin amidst rumours that current fullback Ikechi Anya is leaving Vicarage Road.

Following the loan signing of Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina just days ago, Watford have added to their squad with Liverpool’s Ryan McLaughlin joining on loan.

Despite the Hornets paying Fiorentina £100k for Bernardeschi’s services, it is believed that Liverpool will be receiving no money as part of this deal, and the wages will be evenly split between the two clubs.

However, it appears that McLaughlin will miss out on vital training time with Watford, as the Hornets went to their training camp yesterday to play several pre-season friendlies.

The Northern Irishman has made no appearances for the Reds so far in his career, but joined Barnsley on loan last season and played nine games in the Sky Bet Championship. He currently wears the number 43 shirt for the Premier League giants.

McLaughlin, 20, was interviewed by BBC Sport just hours ago, saying, “As soon as I was approached by Watford, I knew I wanted to spend the season there. The club as a whole is going in the right direction and I really want to help them achieve promotion this season.”

“Whether I’m a first team starter or not, I’m very glad to have the opportunity to play for a club like Watford,” he added.

This move comes as quite a surprise to many fans, who were expecting the right back to stay at Liverpool this season and gain some experience in the cup matches.

However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers clearly had other ideas for McLaughlin, “I have very high hopes for Ryan, and I do not want to waste his talent. If he has an opportunity to get frequent first team football and improve his development, I really want that to happen for him.”

“He is an excellent talent and I feel that Watford are very lucky to have his services this year. I look forward to monitoring his progress and seeing how well he develops as a player for the season.”

More On This Story: The possible stars of Liverpool’s youth

In 2009, McLaughlin joined local side Glenovan for a two-year spell, before being poached by Liverpool in 2011. He has been at Anfield ever since, but is yet to play a first team match for the club.

However, he has represented Northern Ireland on many occasions for all squads. He’s made 11 appearances for the Under 16s, 13 caps for the Under 17s and scored 2 goals in 7 appearances for the Under 19 squad.

After making 1 appearance for the Under 21s, he was called up to the first team squad in 2012 to play a friendly against Finland, but was forced to withdraw due to an unfortunate hip injury. Two years later, he was called up again and made his senior international debut against Uruguay as a substitute.

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis: “Ryan is an excellent talent and I have no doubts that he will serve Watford well in the year he is there. Having experienced playing and training with him at Northern Ireland, I believe he will be a brilliant asset to the squad and I wish him well.”

However, the signing of McLaughlin may be bittersweet for the Hornets, as recently, there have been rumours and reports over Ikechi Anya’s possible move to Swansea City. Having been at the club since 2013, it has been reported that Anya is unhappy with the direction Watford are moving in, and discussions between the Scot and the Swans are currently underway.

New manager Paul Lambert had little to say on the matter, other than this tweet, “I have a feeling McLaughlin will shine in his time at Watford #welcomeryan”.

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Decent prospect there, not quite Hornets level tho imo

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